People’s Republic of China: Gansu Baiyin Urban Development Project

Evaluation Document | 28 December 2016

The Baiyin municipal government identified four leading industries (nonferrous metal industry, electricity power, coal mining, and chemical industry) as the engines for sustainable economic growth, and eight supporting industries including rare earth, fine chemical, new energy, agroprocessing, and tourism . It decided to develop the Southern Baiyin Industrial Zone as the home of the extended industrial production chains through a joint effort between the public and private sectors. In addition, it decided to make further investments to strengthen and upgrade the city’s basic urban infrastructure, particularly to strengthen the road systems in the two urban districts of Baiyin City (Baiyin and Pingchuan districts) and to expand the district heating service in the Baiyin district. Investments in road systems were to help the two districts complete a basic urban road system supporting their urban development needs up to 2030. Investments for expanding the district heating service were to improve the quality of life for Baiyin residents by providing reliable and cleaner heating services through a centralized district heating system.

The project’s expected impact was the sustainable and environment-friendly urban development of Baiyin. The envisioned project outcome was facilitated economic diversification and transformation and improved quality of life in Baiyin City.

This report validates the completion report’s assessment of the project. IED overall assessment: Successful.