Project Data Sheet

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PDS Creation Date 29 Nov 2006
PDS Updated as of 16 Apr 2008

Project Name Provincial Towns Improvement Project
Country Cambodia
Project/Program Number 29282-013
Status Closed
Geographical Location Battambang, Kampot, Kompong Cham, Kompong Thom, Pursat, Sihanoukville and Svay Rieng
In preparing any country program or strategy, financing any project, or by making any designation of, or reference to, a particular territory or geographic area in this document, the Asian Development Bank does not intend to make any judgments as to the legal or other status of any territory or area.
Sector Water supply and other municipal infrastructure and services
Subsector Urban Sector Development
Strategic Agendas
Drivers of Change
Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Categories


Type/Modality of Assistance Approval Number Source of Funding Approved Amount (thousand)
Loan1725Asian Development Fund20,000
TOTAL US$ 20,000

Safeguard Categories

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Environment B

Summary of Environmental and Social Issues

Environmental and Social Issues
The Initial Environmental Examinations (IEEs) concluded that environmental impacts during Project construction and operation would be minor, and no environmental impact assessment would be needed. To ensure that water to be supplied under the Project meets the national drinking water quality standards in the six project towns, and the discharges at the Sihanoukville wastewater treatment plant satisfies the Governments environmental requirements, the Project provides a budget for laboratory equipment for all the Project towns. The Project will expand piped water supply systems into currently un-served areas where the low income groups live, and provide reliable water supply at a price 2-3 times lower than that from water vendors. The community sanitation and health awareness program is intended to disseminate knowledge and provide financial assistance to the communities for improving hygiene practice and sanitation conditions. For the Waste Water Treatment Plant in Sihanoukville, resettlement plans were prepared, and all affected persons have been compensated.

Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples

Stakeholder Communication, Participation and Consultation

Community and beneficiary participation has been encouraged throughout project preparation. Extensive discussions have been held with key stakeholders including central Government departments, provincial and municipal governments, NGOs, and communities. Socioeconomic and technical surveys, key informant interviews, and public meetings were carried out during the feasibility study and detailed design.

During Project Design
During Project Implementation


The Project will improve the urban environment, public health, and basic urban services in seven towns: Battambang Kampot, Kompong Cham, Kompong Thom, Pursat, Sihanoukville, and Svay Rieng to support the Government's development objective of reducing urban poverty through sustained economic growth. The scope includes Part A - Community Sanitation and Health Awareness; Part B - Water Supply; Part C - Wastewater Management; Part D - Local Governance and Resource Mobilization; and Part E - Implementation Assistance.

Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

Water supply systems and environmental sanitation in provincial towns deteriorated severely during the 1970s and 1980s because of wars, ineffectual management, and lack of maintenance. The rapid population increase in urban centers over the past few years has aggravated the situation. Inadequate potable water supply and sanitation systems have resulted in deteriorating urban environment and public health conditions in the urban centers. Almost 20 percent of children die before reaching the age of five, and waterborne diseases account for about 30 percent of hospitalizations. Cambodia's provincial towns serve as economic centers for the rural areas and link the country's rural and urban economies. These towns are the immediate markets, transportation depots, and processing centers for agricultural products in the provinces. Improving urban services, including water supply and sanitation, in the provincial towns will contribute to poverty reduction in both rural and urban areas. It will also complement other social development programs such as primary health. In addition, the development of provincial towns will help absorb the rural migrants and reduce pressures on the urban environment, infrastructure and employment in the capital city of Phnom Penh. It is expected that the Project will bring about long-term positive social and environmental impacts.

Development Impact

Project Outcome

Description of Outcome
Progress Towards Outcome

Outputs and Implementation Progress

Description of Project Outputs
Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)
Status of Development Objectives
Material Changes

Business Opportunities

Date of First Listing 2006 Nov 29
Consulting Services
There will be one consulting services package for each EA totalling 340 person-months (128 person-months international and 212 person-months domestic) of consulting services. The consulting services package for MIME (47 person-months of international and 128 person-months of domestic) covers the engineering design and construction supervision for the water supply component. It also provides a leakage detection and control training program for each of the provincial waterworks under the Project. The consulting services package of MPWT (65 person-months international and 84 person-months domestic) covers the engineering design and construction supervision for the wastewater management component, community development, technical support for the community sanitation and health awareness program, and the local governance and resource mobilization program. In addition, two international individual consultants (16 person-months) with experience in project accounting and implementation will be required to provide project management assistance and training to both EAs. MPWT will implement parts A, C and D while MIME will implement part B.
Civil works and supply contracts estimated above $1.0 million and $0.5 million, respectively, will be procured under international competitive bidding procedures. This will include the civil works contracts for the water supply and wastewater management components of the Project. Minor civil works for the community sanitation and health awareness program will be procured following local competitive bidding procedures in accordance with the Government's regulations acceptable to ADB. Equipment and vehicles valued at $500,000 or less per contract will be procured through international shopping. Supply contracts valued at $100,000 or less will follow direct purchase procedures.
Procurement and Consulting Notices


Concept Clearance
Fact-finding 19 Apr 1999 to 30 Apr 1999
Management Review Meeting 14 Jun 1999
Approval 17 Dec 1999
Last Review Mission


Approval No. Approval Signing Effectivity Closing
Original Revised Actual
Loan 1725 17 Dec 1999 02 Feb 2000 11 Apr 2000 31 Dec 2005 31 Mar 2007 12 Dec 2007


Date Approval Number ADB (US$ thousand) Others (US$ thousand) Net Percentage
Cumulative Contract Awards
15 Sep 2014 Loan 1725 20,378 0 98.00%
Cumulative Disbursements
15 Sep 2014 Loan 1725 20,837 0 100.00%

Status of Covenants

Covenants are categorized under the following categories—audited accounts, safeguards, social, sector, financial, economic, and others. Covenant compliance is rated by category by applying the following criteria: (i) Satisfactory—all covenants in the category are being complied with, with a maximum of one exception allowed, (ii) Partly Satisfactory—a maximum of two covenants in the category are not being complied with, (iii) Unsatisfactory—three or more covenants in the category are not being complied with. As per the 2011 Public Communications Policy, covenant compliance ratings for Project Financial Statements apply only to projects whose invitation for negotiation falls after 2 April 2012.

Approval No. Category
Sector Social Financial Economic Others Safeguards Project Financial Statements
Loan 1725

Contacts and Update Details

Responsible ADB Officer ()
Responsible ADB Department Southeast Asia Department
Responsible ADB Divisions Human and Social Development Division, SERD
Executing Agencies Ministry of Public Works and Transport
Mr. Vong Pisith

Ministry of Industry, Mines and Energy
Phork Sovanrith


Project Website
List of Project Documents