Project Name Lao People's Democratic Republic: Northern Greater Mekong Subregion Transport Network Improvement Project
Project Number 41656-012
Country Lao People's Democratic Republic
Project Status Approved
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Grant
Loan
Source of Funding / Amount
Grant 0082-LAO: Lao People's Democratic Republic: Northern Greater Mekong Subregion Transport Network Improvement Project
Asian Development Fund US$ 27.00 million
Australian Grant US$ 14.50 million
Loan 8241-LAO: Lao People's Democratic Republic: Northern Greater Mekong Subregion Transport Network Improvement Project
OPEC Fund for International Development US$ 11.00 million
Grant 0082-LAO: Lao People's Democratic Republic: Northern Greater Mekong Subregion Transport Network Improvement Project (Supplementary)
Asian Development Fund US$ 27.00 million
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Partnerships
Sector / Subsector Transport - Road transport (non-urban)
Gender Equity and Mainstreaming No gender elements
Description The project will facilitate regional cooperation and increased economic growth in the GMS by improving the national highway linking the Louangphrabang area with the Lao PDR-Thailand border. Improvement of this road, much of which is currently gravel and earth, will facilitate increased exports to Thailand of agricultural goods produced in the project area and increased tourism from Thailand to Louangphrabang. The Project comprises (i) improvement of 367 km of the project road from Ziang Ngeun (the junction with National Route 13 near Louangphrabang) to Nakha, construction of a bridge over the Mekong River on the project (if financing is available), and improvement of approximately 100 km of rural access roads in the project area; (ii) procurement of equipment for use in operating the border post at Kenthao, now under construction, and for enforcement of axle-load controls on the project road; (iii) consulting services for construction supervision and monitoring and evaluation as well as detailed design for the rural access roads; (iv) maintenance of the national road network by financing consulting services to continue the ongoing road safety assistance program; and (vi) a program to reduce the risks of HIV and sexually transmitted infections and human trafficking that may develop during the rehabilitation and operation of the project road.
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy The project forms part of the GMS Northeastern Corridor.
Impact Trade in the region and economic growth in the project area increase
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome Transport on the regional and national road networks becomes more efficient
Progress Toward Outcome
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs Route 4 and rural access roads upgraded
Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)

Civil works on all sections of Route 4 have been completed.

Civil works for rural roads have been completed.

Resettlement and compensation: Payment in cash and in-kind to affected persons completed in June 2011.

Road maintenance works have been completed.

Consulting services for HIV/AIDs/Human Trafficking Prevention and road safety component have been completed.

Geographical Location Louangphrabang and Xaignabouri provinces
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design
During Project Implementation
Business Opportunities
Consulting Services For the ADB-financed or administered components of the Project, the Government will engage an international consulting firm supported by national consultants for construction supervision; quality assurance; environmental supervision and management; updating, implementation and monitoring of the resettlement plan; socio-economic impact assessment; and project performance monitoring. It is envisaged that 85 person-months of international consultants and 1,548 person-months of national consultants will be required. Expertise will be required in the areas of project management, highway engineering, hydrology and drainage engineering, procurement, quantity surveying, transport planning and economics, environmental management, resettlement planning, gender, social development and HIV/AIDS and trafficking awareness. Under the EDCF-funded components, a single package of consulting services will be engaged for the detailed design and construction supervision. An international consulting firm will be engaged through a separate contract for consulting services for the Road Safety Component. It is envisaged that about 12 person-months of internatinal consultants and 12 person-months of national consultants will be required. For the HIV/AIDS Awareness and Prevention of Human Trafficking Program, a national NGO will be recruited to strengthen the institutional capacity of the Provincial Committee for Control of AIDS, District Committees for Control of AIDS, and the Lao Women's Union and assist them with effective planning, implementation and monitoring.
Procurement The contract packages financed by ADB and OFID loans and the AusAID grant, will be procured in accordance with ADB's Procurement Guidelines. Procurement of civil works under the EDCF-funded component will be subject to EDCF procedures. Civil works contracts along the project road have been packaged into 5 contracts. The bridge over the the Mekong River, if included, in the Project, will be a separate contract package. The civil works contracts along the project road that will be financed by ADB, OFID, and AusAid will be procured using international competitive bidding (ICB) with prequalification and will be subject to prior review. The ICB contracts will include the design and engineering, and construction of the works. Smaller civil works contracts for rural access roads and periodic road maintenance subprojects partly or wholly financed by ADB and costing up to $1 million may follow national competitive bidding (NCB) procedures and will be subject to post review.
Responsible ADB Officer Mitsuhiro Yao
Responsible ADB Department Southeast Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Transport and Communications Division, SERD
Executing Agencies
Ministry of Public Works and Transportation(MPWT)Mr. Laokham SompethCCWSS@PAN-LAOS.NET.LADeartment of Roads
Timetable
Concept Clearance 25 Mar 2004
Fact Finding 12 Feb 2007 to 23 Feb 2007
MRM 25 Apr 2007
Approval 27 Sep 2007
Last Review Mission -
PDS Creation Date 14 May 2008
Last PDS Update 30 Apr 2015

GrantĀ 0082-LAO

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
27 Sep 2007 26 Nov 2007 15 Jan 2008 30 Jun 2014 - -
Financing Plan Grant Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 68.50 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 54.00 27 Sep 2007 54.00 NaN 100%
Counterpart 0.00 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 14.50 27 Sep 2007 53.99 NaN 100%
Status of Covenants
Category Sector Safeguards Social Financial Economic Others
Rating Satisfactory - Unsatisfactory - - Satisfactory

Loan

Financing Plan Loan Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 0.00 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 0.00 - 0.00 0.00 %
Counterpart 0.00 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 0.00 - 0.00 0.00 %

LoanĀ 8241-LAO

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
18 Jun 2008 12 Mar 2009 17 Jun 2009 30 Jun 2014 - -
Financing Plan Loan Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 11.00 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 0.00 18 Jun 2008 0.00 11.00 100%
Counterpart 0.00 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 11.00 18 Jun 2008 0.00 11.00 100%
Status of Covenants
Category Sector Safeguards Social Financial Economic Others
Rating Satisfactory - Satisfactory - - Satisfactory

This project data sheet was generated from http://www.adb.org/projects/41656-012/main on 02 September 2015