Lao People's Democratic Republic: Strengthening Urban Water Supply Regulation

Sovereign Project | 45298-001 Status: Closed


Improved regulation in the urban water supply sector in the Lao PDR

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Project Name Strengthening Urban Water Supply Regulation
Project Number 45298-001
Country Lao People's Democratic Republic
Project Status Closed
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 7919-LAO: Strengthening Urban Water Supply Regulation
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 500,000.00
Strategic Agendas Environmentally sustainable growth
Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Governance and capacity development
Private sector development
Sector / Subsector

Water and other urban infrastructure and services - Urban water supply

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming No gender elements
Description Improved regulation in the urban water supply sector in the Lao PDR
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

Output 1: Sector regulations for improved water operator performance

Output 2: Improved accountability of provincial nam papas

Output 3: Enhanced sector regulations for private sector participation

Output 4: Improved customer complaints procedures and relations.

Impact Improved regulation in the urban water supply sector in Lao PDR
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome Strengthened institutional capacity of agencies in urban water supply regulation in Lao PDR
Progress Toward Outcome
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

1. Sector regulations for improved water operator performance

2. Improved accountability of PNPs

3. Enhanced sector regulations for private sector participation

4. Improved customer complaints procedures and relations

Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)

TA extension and a minor change was approved in September 2012 to shift from individual consultants to firm selection.

CDTA implementation was completed satisfactorily. Consulting team was mobilized in August 2013. TA draft final report submitted in November 2014. Final workshop conducted in March 2015. Performance Audit and Regulatory Impact Assessment Workshop, together with four reports completed in June 2015.

Geographical Location
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design The TA design is developed in consultation with government officials from the Ministry of Public Works and Transport (MPWT), Ministry of Finance (MOF), Ministry of Planning and Investment (MPI), Water Supply Regulatory Committee and its office, water utilities, and communities.
During Project Implementation Key implementing partners will include the same category of stakeholders as were consulted with during TA preparation. Draft regulations are being reviewed in consultation with the government, development partners, water utilities and other ADB TA teams working on regulatory impact assessments and public-private partnership initiatives.
Business Opportunities
Consulting Services ADB will be responsible for the recruitment of consultants, in consultation with MPWT, and for overall TA management. Consulting services is expected to include around 16 person-months of international consultants and 12 person-months of national consultants for TA implementation support. They will be recruited in accordance with ADB's Guidelines on the Use of Consultants by ADB and its Borrowers (2010, as amended from time to time). The consultants will work directly with WSRC and WaSRO staff.
Procurement The TA consultants will assist MPWT in procuring office equipment in accordance with ADB's Procurement Guidelines (2010, as amended from time to time). All equipment procured will be handed over to the MPWT at the end of the TA. Goods will be procured through shopping, as packages are expected to be less than $100,000 equivalent.
Responsible ADB Officer Anupma Jain
Responsible ADB Department Southeast Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Urban Development and Water Division, SERD
Executing Agencies
Ministry of Public Works and Transport
Dept of Housing and Urban Planning, Lao
PDR, Lane-Xang Ave., Vientiane Lao PDR
P.O. Box 206
Concept Clearance 17 Sep 2011
Fact Finding 19 Sep 2011 to 21 Sep 2011
Approval 16 Nov 2011
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 28 Oct 2015

TA 7919-LAO

Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
16 Nov 2011 14 Dec 2011 14 Dec 2011 30 Nov 2012 30 Jun 2015 -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
500,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 500,000.00 16 Nov 2011 478,087.06

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