ADB, Japan to Help Myanmar Design Road Project Linking Kayin State to Yangon

Preparation for an ADB-funded road improvement project will ultimately help those living in Kayin State have easier access to employment, education, and health care.

MANILA, PHILIPPINES – The Asian Development Bank (ADB), using a $1.5 million grant provided by the Japan Fund for Poverty Reduction, will assist the Government of Myanmar in designing and preparing a project to upgrade a 70-kilometer section of road connecting Kayin state with Yangon.

“Connecting the country is a massive undertaking,” said Putu Kamayana, Head of ADB’s Extended Mission in Myanmar. “This technical assistance will help ensure the project is properly designed and the community is properly prepared.”

This technical assistance (TA) will lay the groundwork for a loan under consideration by ADB to upgrade the road between Kawkareik and Eindu, which would help those living in Kayin State have easier access to employment, education, and health care, and reduce travel times while increasing traffic volumes.

The road is part of the Greater Mekong Subregion program’s East-West Economic Corridor (EWEC) and will ultimately strengthen road links with Thailand.

Specific activities under the TA include topographic surveys of the existing road, including bridges and waterways; engineering work related to road rehabilitation; cost estimates; an economic analysis; safeguards assessment; and options for procurement and managing contracts.

The TA grant will also help train staff at the Ministry of Construction and Public Works in project preparation and implementation, focusing on issues of design, budgeting, and procurement. An economic study will conduct traffic surveys and assess the economic feasibility of the project, while social and environmental studies will look at impacts on the environment and ways to engage stakeholders and the community in the design and preparation of the project.

A second, small-scale TA – Maximizing Transport Benefits through Community Engagement – will work with local communities to develop a thorough analysis for those along or are served by the proposed EWEC road project, and provide opportunities for community inputs on the project.