Viet Nam: Greater Mekong Subregion Ha Noi-Lang Son and Ben Luc-Long Thanh Expressways Technical Assistance Project

Sovereign Project | 41414-013 Status: Active


ADB is financing preparations for three expressway projects in Viet Nam that will be part of the Greater Mekong Subregion economic corridors. Two expressways will connect Ha Noi and Lang Son, and Ha Long and Mong Cai in Viet Nam’s northeastern region, and the third will connect Ben Luc and Long Thanh in the southern region. The project includes preparing detailed designs, updating safeguard plans, and assisting in land acquisition, resettlement, and procurement of goods and civil works.

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Project Name Greater Mekong Subregion Ha Noi-Lang Son and Ben Luc-Long Thanh Expressways Technical Assistance Project
Project Number 41414-013
Country Viet Nam
Project Status Active
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Loan
Source of Funding / Amount
Loan 2460-VIE: Greater Mekong Subregion Ha Noi-Lang Son, Greater Mekong Subregion Ha Long-Mong Cai, and Ben Luc-Long Thanh Expressways Technical Assistance Project
Asian Development Fund US$ 26.00 million
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Regional integration
Drivers of Change Governance and capacity development
Sector / Subsector

Transport - Road transport (non-urban)

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Some gender elements
Description The Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) Hanoi-Lang Song (HNLS) and Ben Luc-Long Thanh (BLLT) Expressways Technical Assistance (TA) Project is to provide assistance to the Government of Viet Nam and Viet Nam Expressways Corporation (VEC) in implementing preconstruction activities of the GMS Hanoi-Lang Son and the Ben Luc-Long Thanh expressway projects, including (i) development of detailed designs of the expressways and their associated facilities; (ii) update of resettlement plans, ethnic minority development plans (EMDPs) or ethnic minority specific actions (EMSAs), and environmental impact assessments (EIAs) and environmental management plans (EMPs); (iii) preparation of bidding documents for civil works and assistance during the procurement of contracts; and (iv) assistance with implementation of land acquisition and resettlement for the three expressway projects.
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy The economy of Viet Nam has been growing rapidly, with gross domestic product (GDP) growing at an average annual rate of 7.5% from 2001 to 2005, and it is expected to grow more rapidly at an average annual rate of 10% up to 2010. Traffic volume will double within 7-8 years. Development of transport infrastructure, especially the expressway network, is essential to achieve rapid economic growth. The TA Loan Project will assist the Government and VEC in preparing the following high-priority expressway projects: (i) the GMS Hanoi-Lang Son Expressway, to be linked with the existing Nanning-Youyiguan Expressway in Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region (GZAR) in the People's Republic of China (PRC); and (ii) the Ben Luc-Long Thanh Expressway, to strengthen connectivity in the southern suburbs of Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC). These expressways are all part of the GMS economic corridors identified in the GMS transport sector strategy study endorsed by the GMS governments in May 2006.
Impact Construction of three expressways are completed, and they are open to traffic.

Project Outcome

Description of Outcome Designs of the three expressway projects are accepted by the Government of Viet Nam, VEC, ADB, and cofinanciers.
Progress Toward Outcome The consulting services for the detailed design of the GMS Ha Noi -Lang Son (HNLS) Expressway is ongoing.
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

Detailed designs of the three expressways prepared.

Safeguard plans for the three expressways updated, and implementation of land acquisition and resettlement assisted.

Draft procurement documents for goods and civil works prepared, and procurement assisted.

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

Detailed design services almost completed. The remaining services are adjustment of detailed design for package A7.

Contract award to detailed design consultant has been approved by ADB on 16 April 2015.

This output was approved for deletion by Board through a major change in project scope on 18 September 2013.

Ongoing. External resettlement monitoring consultant has been contracted.

Ongoing. The external resettlement monitoring consulting services (package C-1) is cancelled, and the consulting services will be financed under the ensuing project.

HLMC Expressway has been taken out of the scope of work.

Geographical Location Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City; Bac Ninh, Bac Giang, Lang Son, Quang Ninh, Long An, and Dong Nai provinces

Safeguard Categories

Environment C
Involuntary Resettlement C
Indigenous Peoples C

Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects

Environmental Aspects No environmental impact under this technical assistance loan.
Involuntary Resettlement No involuntary resettlement impact under this technical assistance loan. No further action is required.
Indigenous Peoples No indigenous peoples affected under this technical assistance loan. No further action is required.
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design
During Project Implementation

Business Opportunities

Consulting Services ADB's Guidelines on the Use of Consultants (March 2013, as amended from time to time). Recruitment of consulting services for detailed design appraisal of Ha Noi-Lang Son Expressway Project is ongoing.
Procurement No goods and civil works procurement for this technical assistance loan project.

Responsible Staff

Responsible ADB Officer Yasushi Tanaka
Responsible ADB Department Southeast Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Transport and Communications Division, SERD
Executing Agencies
Vietnam Expressway Corporation
Mr. Le Hoang Tung
[email protected]
Hamlet 2, Linh Nam Ward, Hoang Mai District, Ha Noi, Viet Nam


Concept Clearance 15 Apr 2008
Fact Finding 17 Apr 2008 to 29 Apr 2008
MRM 09 Jun 2008
Approval 23 Oct 2008
Last Review Mission -
PDS Creation Date 08 May 2008
Last PDS Update 06 May 2016

Loan 2460-VIE

Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
23 Oct 2008 12 Dec 2008 26 Jun 2009 31 Dec 2013 31 Dec 2016 -
Financing Plan Loan Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 30.80 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 26.00 23 Oct 2008 21.73 0.00 89%
Counterpart 4.80 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 0.00 23 Oct 2008 17.19 0.00 70%

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