Regional: Southeast Asia Transport Project Preparatory Facility

Project Name
Southeast Asia Transport Project Preparatory Facility
Project Number
Country / Economy
  • Regional
  • Cambodia
  • Philippines
  • Thailand
Project Status
Project Type / Modality of Assistance
  • Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 9631-REG: Southeast Asia Transport Project Preparatory Facility
Source Amount
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 5.00 million
Strategic Agendas
  • Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change
  • Gender Equity and Mainstreaming
  • Governance and capacity development
Sector / Subsector
  • Transport / Air transport - Road transport (non-urban) - Urban public transport

Some gender elements
The regional transaction technical assistance (TA) facility will provide project preparation support and capacity building to a series of ensuing transport sector projects in Southeast Asian countries, comprising (i) Road Network Improvement Project, Phase 2 (Cambodia); (ii) Bataan-Cavite Bridge Project (Philippines); (iii) Laguna Lakeside Road Project (Philippines); (iv) Manila Mass Rapid Transit Line 4 (Philippines); (v) Metro Manila Bridges Project (Philippines); and (vi) National Railway Improvement (Thailand). The TA facility and all ensuing projects are included in the draft Country Operations Business Plans (COBP) 2019-2021 for Cambodia, Thailand and the Philippines.
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

The Vision 2030 of the Southeast Asia Department's (SERD) aims for ADB becoming the go-to partner in Southeast Asia by improving the efficiency of delivery mechanisms, providing innovative finance and knowledge solutions. To address needs of developing member countries for a higher number of larger, innovative and more technical complex projects, the transport sector pipeline for 2019-2021 includes 27 new loan and periodic financing request approvals for the years 2019-2021 with an estimated loan amount of $7.2 billion and over $12 billion on a facility basis. This is a significant increase of the portfolio from the existing 55 loans and grants with a cumulative effective loan amount of $5.3 billion. The pipeline is on one side expanding into new subsectors such as railways, road tunnels and air transport in Thailand and large bridges and railway infrastructure investments in the Philippines. On the other hand, more traditional road projects in Cambodia and Lao PDR shall increase in size of project for better relevance of ADB's investment and reduced transaction cost. Therefore, these projects are proposed to be financed as larger investment programs through multitranche financing facilities (MFF) adopting the timeslicing approach. While these MFF are more complex in preparation and implementation, they will ensure a long-term relationship with the government and help improve the disbursement ratio.

This significant increase in portfolio size will come together with a reduction of the number of projects financed, hence the individual projects will increase in size and complexity. Therefore, efforts to increase project readiness while preparing these more complex and larger projects must be taken, while at the same time, the portfolio performance needs to be improved. In 2017, the disbursement ratio for the transport sector in Southeast Asia was at 15%, which is below ADB's and SERD's target, the cumulative amount for contract awards and disbursements is $3.2 billion (60 %) and $2.3 billion (43 %) respectively as of 20 August 2018. This indicates that more emphasis must be drawn on project preparation and project implementation for the significantly increasing portfolio to avoid start-up delays such as often phased in procurement or safeguards implementation of newly approved projects.


Project Outcome

Description of Outcome
Progress Toward Outcome

Implementation Progress

Description of Project Outputs
Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)
Geographical Location
Cambodia - Nation-wide; Philippines - Nation-wide, Manila, Province of Bataan, Province of Cavite, Province of Laguna; Thailand - Nation-wide, Bangkok

Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects

Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples

Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation

During Project Design
During Project Implementation

Business Opportunities

Consulting Services
ADB will engage the consultants following the ADB Procurement Policy (2017, as amended from time to time) and its associated project administration instructions and/or staff instructions. Consulting firms will be engaged following either the quality- and cost-based selection method, with a quality-cost ratio of 90:10 due to the complexity of the ensuing projects and the requirement for specialized consulting firms. Individual international consultants and consultant firms, to the extent possible, will be engaged to support the preparation of more than one project. The consultants will consist of transport specialists as primary experts, including engineers, economic, financial, procurement, social, environmental, gender expertise, and other experts as required. The experts will have experience in their respective fields and demonstrate sound technical knowledge of road, rail and air transport sector. Consulting contracts are proposed for advance contracting.
Procurement of assets is not planned under this TA.


Responsible ADB Officer
Tawisook, Witoon
Responsible ADB Department
Sectors Group
Responsible ADB Division
Transport Sector Office (SG-TRA)
Executing Agencies
Asian Development Bank


Concept Clearance
Fact Finding
16 Nov 2018
Last Review Mission
Last PDS Update
29 Sep 2022


TA 9631-REG

Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
16 Nov 2018 - 16 Nov 2018 31 Dec 2021 15 Nov 2025 -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
5,000,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 5,000,000.00
Cumulative Disbursements
Date Amount
01 Apr 2024 3,369,281.27

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