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.
|Project Name||Greater Mekong Subregion Ha Noi-Lang Son and Ben Luc-Long Thanh Expressways Technical Assistance Project|
|Project Type / Modality of Assistance||Loan
|Source of Funding / Amount||
|Strategic Agendas||Inclusive economic growth
|Drivers of Change||Gender Equity and Mainstreaming
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.|
|Description of Outcome||Designs of the three expressway projects are accepted by the Government of Viet Nam, VEC, ADB, and cofinanciers.|
|Progress Toward Outcome||
Detailed designs for the GMS BLLT Expressway have been completed.
Consulting services for the detailed designs of the GMS HNLS Expressway is ongoing. Consulting services contract for the appraisal of the detailed designs of GMS HNLS was awarded in June 2016.
|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 designs for the BLLT Expressway have been completed, while detailed designs for the HNLS Expressway is under preparation. The output pertaining to the Ha Long-Mong Cai (HLMC) Expressway was approved for deletion by Board through a major change in project scope on 18 September 2013. HLMC Expressway has been taken out of the scope of work.
Safeguard plans for BLLT have been completed, and being updated for HNLS. An external resettlement monitoring consultant has been engaged to assist in the ongoing implementation of land acquisition and resettlement.
Procurement documents for BLLT have been prepared, and procurement assistance is ongoing for the eastern section of BLLT expressway. The ongoing detailed design consultancy for HNLS will also provide assistance to VEC during procurement for the HNLS expressway construction project.
|Geographical Location||Ben Luc, Ha Long, Hanoi, Hoan Kiem, Lang Son, Mong Cai, Quan Chin|
|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|
|Consulting Services||All consulting services to be financed out of the proceeds of the Loan shall be subject to and governed by ADB's Guidelines on the Use of Consultants (March 2013, as amended from time to time). All consultants recruitment have been completed.|
|Procurement||No goods and civil works procurement for this technical assistance loan project.|
|Responsible ADB Officer||Tanaka, Yasushi|
|Responsible ADB Department||Southeast Asia Department|
|Responsible ADB Division||Transport and Communications Division, SERD|
Vietnam Expressway Corporation
Mr. Le Hoang Tung
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||30 Sep 2016|
|Approval||Signing Date||Effectivity Date||Closing|
|23 Oct 2008||12 Dec 2008||26 Jun 2009||31 Dec 2013||31 Dec 2016||08 May 2017|
|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||17.36||0.00||92%|
|Cofinancing||0.00||23 Oct 2008||18.96||0.00||100%|
|Status of Covenants|
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Safeguard Documents See also: Safeguards
Safeguard documents provided at the time of project/facility approval may also be found in the list of linked documents provided with the Report and Recommendation of the President.
|Title||Document Type||Document Date|
|GMS Ha Noi-Lang Son and Ben Luc-Long Thanh Expressways Technical Assistance Project: Environmental Monitoring Report (January-March 2015)||Environmental Monitoring Reports||Apr 2015|
|GMS Ben Luc-Long Thanh Expressway Project: Social Due Diligence Report for Can Giuoc District||Safeguards Due Diligence Reports||Sep 2013|
Evaluation Documents See also: Independent Evaluation
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