Project Data Sheet

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PDS Creation Date 14 Oct 2009
PDS Updated as of 11 Sep 2014

Project Name LAO: Second Northern GMS Transport Network Improvement Project
Country Lao People's Democratic Republic
Project/Program Number 41444-022
Status Approved
Geographical Location
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 Transport
Subsector Road transport (non-urban)
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth (IEG)
Regional integration (RCI)
Drivers of Change Gender equity and mainstreaming (GEM)
Governance and capacity development (GCD)
Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Categories Category 2: Effective gender mainstreaming (EGM)


Type/Modality of Assistance Approval Number Source of Funding Approved Amount (thousand)
Grant0234Asian Development Fund20,000
Loan8255OPEC Fund for International Development12,000
Counterpart 10,300
TOTAL US$ 42,300

Safeguard Categories

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Environment B
Involuntary Resettlement B
Indigenous Peoples B

Summary of Environmental and Social Issues

Environmental Aspects
Based on the initial environmental examination (IEE) reports prepared for the Lao PDR and Viet Nam components the project is not expected to have significant environmental impacts. None of the project roads traverses buffer or core zones of ecologically or culturally protected areas. The adverse environmental impacts will come largely during construction from dust and noise, surface run-off, erosion, traffic and utility disruptions, potential occupational and community health and safety risks, and disposal of excavated materials. Environmental management plans (EMPs) detailing mitigation measures and monitoring activities have been prepared as part of the IEEs to avoid or reduce anticipated negative project impacts. These plans also require the design and supervision consultant (DSC) to draft site-specific EMPs (SEMP) or method statements during the detailed design phase. The SEMP will include the following subplans: (i) waste management and spoil disposal plan, (ii) materials management plan, (iii) drainage management plan, (iv) erosion control plan, (v) temporary transport management plan, (vi) utilities and irrigation reprovisioning plan, (vii) noise and dust control plan, and (viii) workers and public safety plan. The contractor will be required to update these EMPs before work begins at the sites.
Involuntary Resettlement
There are about 147 households in the Lao PDR which will lose a small portion of land. Only 6 households will require relocation in the Lao PDR . The Resettlement Plans have been endorsed and disclosed by MPWT in the Lao PDR.
Indigenous Peoples
The ethnic minority populations of the districts closest to Thanh Hoa City are very small, but ethnic minorities comprise almost the entire population of the two project area districts In Viet Nam closest to the Lao PDR border. The same is true of the two project area districts on the Lao PDR side of the border. The ethnic communities in the Lao PDR have been living along the project road since the 1970s. The project will not (i) affect any customary rights to resources or land; (ii) negatively affect the socioeconomic status of the ethnic groups; (iii) reduce their cultural and community integrity; (iv) affect their health, education, livelihood, and/or social security status; or (v) alter or undermine the recognition of indigenous knowledge. Impacts on ethnic minorities will be addressed through the Resettlement Plans. The Resettlement and Ethnic Minorities Framework and Resettlement and Ethnic Communities Framework have been endorsed MPWT in the Lao PDR.

Stakeholder Communication, Participation and Consultation

During Project Design
During Project Implementation


Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

Development Impact

International trade on the GMS Northeastern Corridor increases

Project Outcome

Description of Outcome
Transport accross the Lao PDR-Viet Nam border and on the project sections of the GMS Northeastern Corridor becomes more efficient
Progress Towards Outcome
Civil works on Routes 6A and 6B will commence in Q2 2014.

Outputs and Implementation Progress

Description of Project Outputs
The project components of the GMS Northeastern Corridor in the Lao PDR are improved Road safety on the project sections of Northeastern Corridor is improved
Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)
Detailed design and implementation supervision consultants mobilized in July 2012. Detailed design has been completed. Two civil worlks packages have been awarded. Two more works packages to be bid.
Status of Development Objectives
Material Changes

Business Opportunities

Date of First Listing 2010 Feb 22
Consulting Services
Consultants will be selected in accordance with ADB's Guidelines on the Use of Consultants (2010, as amended from time to time).
All procurement will be undertaken in conformity with ADB's Procurement Guidelines (2010, as amended from time to time).
Procurement and Consulting Notices


Concept Clearance 12 May 2010
Fact-finding 09 Jul 2010 to 30 Jul 2010
Management Review Meeting 30 Apr 2009
Approval 25 Nov 2010
Last Review Mission


Approval No. Approval Signing Effectivity Closing
Original Revised Actual
Grant 0234 25 Nov 2010 08 Dec 2010 03 Feb 2011 31 Dec 2016


Date Approval Number ADB (US$ thousand) Others (US$ thousand) Net Percentage
Cumulative Contract Awards
20 Sep 2014 Grant 0234 16,044 0 80.00%
Cumulative Disbursements
20 Sep 2014 Grant 0234 2,804 0 14.00%

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
Grant 0234
Loan 8255

Contacts and Update Details

Responsible ADB Officer Jeffrey M. Miller (
Responsible ADB Department Southeast Asia Department
Responsible ADB Divisions Transport and Communications Division, SERD
Executing Agencies Ministry of Public Works and Transport


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