Project Data Sheet

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PDS Creation Date 30 Nov 2006
PDS Updated as of 26 Sep 2011

Project Name GMS: Mekong Tourism Development Project
Country Lao People's Democratic Republic
Project/Program Number 33434-013
Status Closed
Geographical Location Provinces of Champassak, Khammouan, Louang Namtha, and Louang Phrabang
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 Not yet classified
Subsector For Classification
Strategic Agendas
Drivers of Change
Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Categories


Type/Modality of Assistance Approval Number Source of Funding Approved Amount (thousand)
Loan1970Asian Development Fund10,900
Counterpart 3,300
TOTAL US$ 14,200

Safeguard Categories

For more information about the safeguard categories, please see

Environment B

Summary of Environmental and Social Issues

1. The Borrower shall cause DCA and DCTPC, respectively, to ensure that all works are carried out in accordance with the approved IEE for the Louang Namtha Airport improvement, and the Konglor Cave and Kwangsi Waterfalls road access improvement sub-projects. 2. The Borrower shall ensure that a detailed gender action plan, acceptable to the Bank and in accordance with the Bank's Gender and Development Policy, is designed to mitigate negative effects arising as a result of the Project. 3. The relevant IA shall ensure that land acquisition, compensation, relocation and resettlement is carried out in accordance with the Resettlement Plan and Resettlement Framework agreed upon between the Borrower and the Bank, the Borrower's laws, regulations procedures and the Bank's requirements as defined in the Bank's Policy on Involuntary Resettlement and Handbook on Resettlement.

Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples

Stakeholder Communication, Participation and Consultation

Coordination among national tourism organizations, other line agencies, provincial authorities is in place. Stakeholders consultation ongoing.

During Project Design
During Project Implementation


Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

GMS Economic Cooperation Program GMS Program Strategic Framework

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 30
Consulting Services
To support the implementation of the Project, a total of 241 person-months of consulting services (104 person-months international and 137 person-months domestic) will be required. The Consultants will be engaged in accordance with the ADB's Guidelines on the Use of Consultants and other arrangements satisfactory to ADB on the engagement of domestic consultants. Separate consulting services packages will be rocured to provide assistance to the PCUs in the NTOs, and the PMUs in charge of infrastructure improvements. The consultants for PMUs will be firms and will focus on Part A. The consultants for the PCUs will be firms and will focus on overall project management and part C of the Project. Individual consultants will be engaged for Part B and will be recruited by PCU. Consulting firms will be selected and engaged following the quality and cost-based selection method. Consultants will provide on-the-job training to national and provincial govenrment officials involveed in implementation.
Goods and works to be financed by ADB will be procured in accordance with ADB Guidelines for Procurement. International competitive bidding (ICB) procedure will be used for major civil works contracts estimated to cost over $1.0 million and supply contracts valued over $500,000. Procurement of minor civil works will be undertaken through local competitive bidding (LCB) in accordance with procedures acceptable to the ADB. International shopping (IS) will be followed for materials and equipment packages estimated to cost more than $100,000 equivalent but less than $500,000 equivalent. Equipment items that are locally available, and cost less than $100,000 equivalent, may be procured through direct purchase in accordance with procedures satisfactory to ADB. For the pro-poor, community-based tourism component, where the proposed subprojects will be relatively small, and scattered throughout the provinces, the Project may fund NGOs to work in a collaborative and participatory manner with local communities.
Procurement and Consulting Notices


Concept Clearance
Fact-finding 09 Mar 1999 to 22 Mar 1999
Management Review Meeting 26 Aug 2002
Approval 12 Dec 2002
Last Review Mission


Approval No. Approval Signing Effectivity Closing
Original Revised Actual
Loan 1970 12 Dec 2002 07 Feb 2003 06 Aug 2003 30 Jun 2008 18 Aug 2008


Date Approval Number ADB (US$ thousand) Others (US$ thousand) Net Percentage
Cumulative Contract Awards
22 Oct 2014 Loan 1970 12,422 0 99.00%
Cumulative Disbursements
22 Oct 2014 Loan 1970 12,592 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 1970

Contacts and Update Details

Responsible ADB Officer (
Responsible ADB Department Southeast Asia Department
Responsible ADB Divisions Human and Social Development Division, SERD
Executing Agencies National Tourism Authority of Lao PDR
Mr. Thavipheth Oula


Project Website
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