Viet Nam: Greater Mekong Subregion Kunming–Hai Phong Transport Corridor: Yen Vien–Lao Cai Railway Upgrading Project
The railway line in the Kunming–Hai Phong transport corridor is an important infrastructure element of the GMS north–south economic corridor. However, the railway line in the Kunming–Hai Phong transport corridor had been neglected because it lacked maintenance and investment and would not be able to meet the expected traffic demand. Equipment and system capacity still could not meet the demands of a market economy. Moreover, the export of goods produced in Yunnan was constrained by the limited capacity of the Fangcheng and Beihai ports in the PRC. Viet Nam’s Hai Phong port, which was about 250 kilometers (km) closer to Yunnan, had more capacity.
The project aims to have a more efficient rail transportation system that will meet transport demand to 2020, a financially sustainable railway operation, improved traffic safety, and improved governance of Viet Nam Railways.
This report validates the competion report's assessment of the project. IED overall assessment: Less than successful.