Viet Nam: Transport Connections in Northern Mountainous Provinces Project

Sovereign Project | 41433-012

Summary

The PPTA will prepare a project that is suitable for ADB funding. Its scope will include (i) an assessment of selected provincial and district roads in the six project provinces, and feasibility studies for prioritized improvement works of selected road sections; and (ii) an assessment of key road sector issues in the provinces, including institutional and implementation arrangements for the proposed project. The PPTA will assess improving provincial road infrastructure in the six provinces of Bac Kan, Cao Bang, Ha Giang, Tuyen Quang, Yen Bai, and Lao Cai in the northern mountainous region of Viet Nam.

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Project Name Transport Connections in Northern Mountainous Provinces Project
Project Number 41433-012
Country Viet Nam
Project Status Closed
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 7245-VIE: Transport Connections in Northern Mountainous Provinces Project
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 1.00 million
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Governance and capacity development
Sector / Subsector Transport - Road transport (non-urban)
Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Effective gender mainstreaming
Description

The PPTA will prepare a project that is suitable for ADB funding. Its scope will include (i) an assessment of selected provincial and district roads in the six project provinces, and feasibility studies for prioritized improvement works of selected road sections; and (ii) an assessment of key road sector issues in the provinces, including institutional and implementation arrangements for the proposed project. The PPTA will assess improving provincial road infrastructure in the six provinces of Bac Kan, Cao Bang, Ha Giang, Tuyen Quang, Yen Bai, and Lao Cai in the northern mountainous region of Viet Nam. The project roads will be selected from a long list of priority provincial and district road projects, based on initial selection criteria of (i) improvement only to existing roads, (ii) maximizing the economic internal rate of return, (iii) minimizing resettlement and other negative social impacts, (iv) providing connectivity to poor and ethnic minority areas to maximize poverty-reduction impact, and (v) having no significant environmental impacts. Further consideration will be given to roads linking to other ADB financed road projects in the northern region.

The project preparation component activities will include: (i) assessing options for improvement works for the selected long list of road sections in each province; (ii) develop a methodology and selection criteria to prioritize selection of roads to improve; (iii) analyzing transport links to determine economic and technical feasibility and social and environmental impacts; and (iv) preparing a matrix to rank road sections to form logical projects for a range of funding levels. Feasibility studies will be prepared for each of the selected road sections. The selected project roads are expected to not require substantial land acquisition and resettlement, with most improvement works limited to improvement of the existing road formation and only minor widening where there is substandard width.

The PPTA will also address road sector policy issues at the province level, including (i) vehicle overloading, (ii) road safety for users and local communities, (iii) road maintenance practices and development of sustainable financing solution, (iv) governance, and (v) institutional capacity. The latter activity will include identifying necessary training and strengthening programs, reviewing ongoing implementation problems in donor-funded projects, and assessing procurement and contract management issues. Capacity building measures are expected to expand provincial road maintenance programs developed under other donor funded projects. The resources and capacity of provincial government road agencies will be assessed to determine the effectiveness of provinces implementing road sector reform measures when there are overriding national government laws and regulations.

Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy ADB's Viet Nam Country Partnership Strategy 2007-2010 indicates a strategic focus for ADB to support the government's goal to reduce poverty incidence and accelerate private sector investment through development of physical infrastructure. The Government's Socio Economic Development Plan (2006-2020) identifies lack of rural infrastructure in the Northern Mountain Region as a constraint towards effective poverty reduction.
Impact Road network in northern mountainous region that meets economic development needs and supports poverty reduction activities.
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome Project design and feasibility study agreed by the Government and ADB.
Progress Toward Outcome
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs Technical assessments completed, including: (i) feasibility studies for prioritized work on selected road sections, and (ii) assessment of key road sector issues at the provincial level.
Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)
Geographical Location Northern Viet Nam
Safeguard Categories
Environment B
Involuntary Resettlement B
Indigenous Peoples B
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design Series of consultation done with the concerned Peoples Committees at all levels, concerned and relevant community-based organizations, NGOs and local government agencies.
During Project Implementation The public participation process continued during implementation to ensure that key stakeholders are informed and consulted, and that their concerns, suggestions, and local knowledge are incorporated in the feasibility studies.
Business Opportunities
Consulting Services Completed.
Responsible ADB Officer Mailene M. Buendia
Responsible ADB Department Southeast Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Transport and Communications Division, SERD
Executing Agencies
Ministry of TransportNguyen Van Thanh80 Tran Hung Dao
Ha Noi, Viet Nam
Timetable
Concept Clearance 28 Jul 2008
Fact Finding 14 Jul 2008 to 24 Jul 2008
MRM -
Approval 05 Mar 2009
Last Review Mission -
PDS Creation Date 01 Sep 2008
Last PDS Update 27 Sep 2012

TA 7245-VIE

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
05 Mar 2009 13 May 2009 13 May 2009 28 Feb 2010 31 Dec 2012 -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
1,000,000.00 0.00 250,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 1,250,000.00 05 Mar 2009 893,009.86

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