Project Data Sheet

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PDS Creation Date 06 Dec 2006
PDS Updated as of 21 Sep 2011

Project Name Provincial Roads Improvement
Country Viet Nam
Project/Program Number 31367-013
Status Approved
Geographical Location 18 nothern provinces: Bac Giang, Bac kan, Dien Bien,Ha Giang,Ha Nam,Ha Tay,Hoa Binh,Lai Chau,Lang Son,Lao Cai, Phu Tho, Quang Ninh, Son La, Thai Nguyen,Thanh Hoa,Tuyen Quang,Vinh Phuc, Yen Bai,
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Sector Transport and ICT
Subsector Road Transport
Strategic Agendas
Drivers of Change
Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Categories


Type/Modality of Assistance Approval Number Source of Funding Approved Amount (thousand)
Loan1888Asian Development Fund70,000
TOTAL US$ 70,000

Safeguard Categories

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Environment B

Summary of Environmental and Social Issues

Environment Issues: In most of cases, selected roads are improved within the exsiting alignment, which has been in place for a long time. The ecology of the area surrounding these roads has already adjusted to any negative impacts caused by the road's existence. Minor realignment is incorporated in the design of a few specific subprojects where the existing road passes near sensitive areas,such as protected nature reserves and cultural-historic sites. Social Issues: The Project requires acquisition of 74 hectares of land for 9 core subproject roads & around 415 hectares for the remaining 90 subproject roads. The Project does not have any negative impact on specific minority groups located in the project areas. Transport corridors can have significant impacts on the transmission of sexually transmitted diseases and HIV/AIDS. However, mos of the roads are short and traversed in a short time. Their improvement is not likely to lead to the establishment of increased sex trade.

Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples

Stakeholder Communication, Participation and Consultation

Under the TA, IEEs were carried out for nice core roads in accordance with ADB's Guidelines on the Environment Impacts of Infrastructure Project & Environmental Assessment Requirements of ADB. PMU5 will ensure adherence to the Government's environmental regulations. The Project's subproject designs and contract documentation provides details of the necessary environmental mitigation measures, and the contractual means by which they are to be included during construction. Land acquisition and resettlement under the Project are undertaken in accordance with procedures established in the resettlement framework. The resettlement framework applicable to all subprojects and the resettlement plan for one sample subproject have been approved by Government in compliance with ADB's policy.

During Project Design
During Project Implementation


The Project will contribute to poverty reduction and economic growth by improving transport efficiency. The objectives of the Project are to (i) improve the provincial road network on both social and economic grounds, (ii) provide or improve access for poor and disadvantaged groups living in rural communities, (iii) strengthen asset management capacity and maintenance programs of the Provincial Departments of Transport (PDOTs), (iv) continue further institutional strengthening of VRA and improve governance in the road sector, (v) strengthen PDOT capacity to prepare, implement, and monitor resettlement and ethnic minority development plans, and (vi) promote private sector participation in the delivery of road infrastructure and maintenance. The scope of the Project includes (i) a program including an investment plan and policy framework to improve about 1,600 km of provincial roads in the 18 northern provinces, (ii) assistance to Project Management Unit No. 5 (PMU-5) and the PDOTs to strengthen their capabilities to prepare and implement improvements to and maintenance of provincial roads, (iii) agreement on an action plan to implement a road fund scheme, (iv) assistance to introduce new regulation and further institutional strengthening of VRA, (v) assistance to implement and monitor resettlement and ethnic minority development plans, and (vi) supervision of civil works, preparation of additional subprojects, and capacity building of the PDOTs.

Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

Effcient road transport and, in particular improved access is essential for poverty reduction and economic development in Vietnam. Past efforts in the road subsector have mainly been directed toward upgrading the national highway system, while also improving district and commune roads. One missing part in the network development strategy has been improvement of provincial roads, which provide access to the provincial capitals, the national highway network, and the rural population through the district and commune roads. Improving the provincial roads will ensure effective transport and comunication between the rural population connected by commune and provincial roads with market and distribution centers and the national highway network. Another priority is continued reform and institutional strengthening of the Vietnam Road Administration (VRA) to become a modern and efficient road management agency. The adopted sector loan modality will support sustainable development of provincial roads and allow flexibility in selecting prescreened subprojects forming part of the provincial road sector development plan.

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 Dec 06
Consulting Services
An international consulting firm will be engaged to provide about 160 person-months of international and 2,000 person-months of domestic consultants to supervise construction, economic evaluation, environmental impact and monitoring, resettlement supervision and monitoring, and a substantial training component for Government officials and domestic consultant personnel involved with the Project. The consultant will also be responsible for engaging and overseeing the work of the PDOT's consulting firm in preparing sub-projects for each proposed provincial road. This involves conducting surveys and preparation of engineering designs, economic evaluation and resettlement plans, as needed.
Civil works will be implemented through a number of small contracts, each valued between $200,000 and $1,000,000. There will be about 8-20 of these contracts per province, for a total of about 200 contracts. Contracts will be procured using local competitive bidding procedures.
Procurement and Consulting Notices


Concept Clearance
Fact-finding 14 May 2001 to 01 Jun 2001
Management Review Meeting 20 Sep 2001
Approval 18 Dec 2001
Last Review Mission


Approval No. Approval Signing Effectivity Closing
Original Revised Actual
Loan 1888 18 Dec 2001 02 Apr 2002 03 Sep 2002 31 Dec 2006 30 Jun 2009 08 Jul 2010


Date Approval Number ADB (US$ thousand) Others (US$ thousand) Net Percentage
Cumulative Contract Awards
21 Oct 2014 Loan 1888 72,183 0 98.00%
Cumulative Disbursements
21 Oct 2014 Loan 1888 73,745 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 1888

Contacts and Update Details

Responsible ADB Officer Le Dinh Thang (
Responsible ADB Department Southeast Asia Department
Responsible ADB Divisions Viet Nam Resident Mission
Executing Agencies PMU-5, Ministry of Transport
Mr. Luu Van Dzung


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