Lao People’s Democratic Republic: Greater Mekong Subregion: Northern Economic Corridor Project

Date: December 2012
Type: Evaluation Reports
Country:
Subject:
Evaluation; Transport and ICT
Series: Validations of Project Completion Reports
Project Number: 34231-013

Description

ADB took the lead in promoting cooperation among the six countries bordering the Mekong River through its Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) program, by strengthening economic links and facilitating trade and development. With this in view, ADB financed the GMS Northern Economic Corridor Project to improve the Houayxay–Boten road in the Lao PDR to international expressway standards. This would establish a direct link between Thailand and the People’s Republic of China (PRC), thereby providing easy interregional access and promoting transport and trade. Within the Lao PDR, the project would link two of its remote provinces, Louang Namtha and Bokeo in the Viangphoukha District, to Thailand and the PRC. Both provinces lacked transport facilities and were considered the poorest in the country.

This report validates the completion report’s assessment of the project which aims to provide access to isolated areas of Lao PDR and to link these areas to the economies of Thailand and the PRC. IED overall assessment: Less than successful

Contents

  • Project Basic Data
  • Project Description
  • Evaluation of Performance and Ratings
  • Other Performance Assessments
  • Overall Assessment, Lessons, and Recommendations
  • Other considerations and Follow-up