Viet Nam : Greater Mekong Subregion Ha Noi-Lang Son and Ha Long-Mong Cai Expressway Projects

Sovereign Project | 41414-012

Project Name
Greater Mekong Subregion Ha Noi-Lang Son and Ha Long-Mong Cai Expressway Projects
Project Number
Country / Economy
  • Viet Nam
Project Status
Project Type / Modality of Assistance
  • Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 7154-VIE: Greater Mekong Subregion Ha Noi-Lang Son and Ha Long-Mong Cai Expressway Projects
Source Amount
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 1.50 million
Strategic Agendas
  • Environmentally sustainable growth
  • Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change
  • Governance and capacity development
Sector / Subsector
  • Transport / Road transport (non-urban)

No gender elements
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

Viet Nam?s economy has grown at 7-8% per annum over the past decade. The traffic demand is growing at about twice the rate of GDP and this high growth rate is likely to continue beyond 2020. For the critical transport infrastructure, the Government is developing safe and high-capacity expressways network linking the main urban areas with (i) each other, (ii) less-developed regions of the country and (iii) neighboring countries. ADB has provided an expressway master plan under TA 4695-VIE: Expressway Network Development Plan Project to support transport infrastructure development by the Government. In line with the expressway master plan, the Government requested ADB to finance the Ha Noi-Lang Son and the Ha Long-Mong Cai Expressways. These expressways to be linked with the expressways and highways in Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region (GZAR), People's Republic of China (PRC) will be key sections of the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) Eastern Corridor.


The expected impact of the TA is efficient transnational movement of goods and people between Vietnam and Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region through the Greater Mekong Subregion(GMS) Hanoi-Lang Song and GMS Ha Long-Mong Cai expressway projects.

Project Outcome

Description of Outcome

Together with a network of expressways linking Hanoi and Kunming, and Kunming and Nanning, the GMS Hanoi-Lang Son and Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) Ha Long-Mong Cai Expressways will complete an "economic triangle" connecting key development centers in Vietnam and the People's Republic of China. This economic triangle in the northeastern part of the GMS will support the GMS program's strategic objectives of enhanced connectivity, competitiveness, and community in the Mekong region.

Progress Toward Outcome

Implementation Progress

Description of Project Outputs

Together with detailed design studies to be carried out under the associated TA loan project, the TA will result in the identification of economically, technically, socially, and environmentally feasible expressway projects that will link northeastern Vietnam with GZAR, which will be agreed by the Government of Vietnam, VEC and ADB. Under the TA, technical feasibility analyses and assessments will be carried out, including (i) expressway alignment, (ii) cost-effective project design, (iii) evaluation of economic feasibility and financial viability, and (iv) social and environmental viability for the GMS Hanoi-Lang Son and the GMS Ha Long-Mong Cai expressway projects.

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

Safeguard Categories

Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples

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
The consulting services will be undertaken by an international consulting firm in association with national consultants. The consultants will have expertise in (i) highway engineering; (ii) transport economics; (iii) road transport services and trade facilitation; (iv) financial analysis and expressway operations; (v) environmental impact assessment; (vi) resettlement planning; (vii) social and poverty analysis; (viii) ethnic minority; (ix) social development and gender; and (x) HIV and human trafficking. About 152 person-months of consulting inputs will be required - 55 person-months for international consultants and 97 person-months for national consultants.


Responsible ADB Officer
Tanaka, Yasushi
Responsible ADB Department
Southeast Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division
Transport and Communications Division, SERD
Executing Agencies
Vietnam Expressway Corporation


Concept Clearance
15 Apr 2008
Fact Finding
14 Apr 2008 to 25 Apr 2008
23 Oct 2008
Last Review Mission
PDS Creation Date
31 Mar 2008
Last PDS Update
28 Sep 2012


TA 7154-VIE

Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
23 Oct 2008 02 Jan 2009 02 Jan 2009 30 Jun 2010 31 Dec 2011 30 Sep 2012
Financing Plan/TA Utilization
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
1,500,000.00 0.00 375,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 1,875,000.00
Cumulative Disbursements
Date Amount
17 Jun 2022 1,443,460.57

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Title Document Type Document Date
GMS Ben Luc - Long Thanh Expressway Project Resettlement Plans Jul 2010

Evaluation Documents See also: Independent Evaluation

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