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.
|Project Name||Transport Connections in Northern Mountainous Provinces Project|
|Project Type / Modality of Assistance||Technical Assistance
|Source of Funding / Amount||
|Strategic Agendas||Inclusive economic growth
|Drivers of Change||Gender Equity and Mainstreaming
Governance and capacity development
|Sector / Subsector||
Transport / Road transport (non-urban)
|Gender Equity and Mainstreaming||Effective gender mainstreaming|
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.|
|Description of Outcome||Project design and feasibility study agreed by the Government and ADB.|
|Progress Toward Outcome|
|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)|
|Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects|
|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.|
|Responsible ADB Officer||Radstake, Mailene M.|
|Responsible ADB Department||Southeast Asia Department|
|Responsible ADB Division||Transport and Communications Division, SERD|
Ministry of Transport
Nguyen Van Thanh
80 Tran Hung Dao
Hanoi, Viet Nam
|Concept Clearance||28 Jul 2008|
|Fact Finding||14 Jul 2008 to 24 Jul 2008|
|Approval||05 Mar 2009|
|Last Review Mission||-|
|PDS Creation Date||01 Sep 2008|
|Last PDS Update||27 Sep 2012|
|Approval||Signing Date||Effectivity Date||Closing|
|05 Mar 2009||13 May 2009||13 May 2009||28 Feb 2010||31 Dec 2012||-|
|Financing Plan/TA Utilization||Cumulative Disbursements|
|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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|Title||Document Type||Document Date|
|Transport Connections in Northern Mountainous Provinces Project: Capacity Building on Resettlement Plan - Terminal Report||Consultants' Reports||Jan 2013|
|Transport Connections in Northern Mountainous Provinces Project: Manual for Updating and Implementing Resettlement Plan||Consultants' Reports||Dec 2012|
|Dự án Kết nối giao thông các tỉnh miền núi phía Bắc Viet Nam: tài liệu hướng dẫn cập nhật và thực hiện kế hoạch tái định cư||Documents Produced Under Grant/Loans/TA||Dec 2012|
|Transport Connections in Northern Mountainous Provinces Project: Capacity Building on Resettlement Plan - Inception Report||Consultants' Reports||May 2012|
|Transport Connections in Northern Provinces Project: Knowledge Summary||Documents Produced Under Grant/Loans/TA||Aug 2011|
|Transport Connections in Northern Mountainous Provinces Project||Consultants' Reports||Mar 2011|
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