ADB is helping Viet Nam upgrade 304 kilometers of roads in six remote northern provinces with high rates of poverty and large ethnic minority communities. The project will also develop climate proofing measures in the design of road rehabilitation works, provide jobs during construction, and help mitigate negative social impacts along the improved roads, including the spread of diseases.
|Project Name||Transport Connections in Northern Mountainous Provinces Project|
|Project Type / Modality of Assistance||Grant
|Source of Funding / Amount||
|Strategic Agendas||Environmentally sustainable growth
Inclusive economic growth
|Drivers of Change||Governance and capacity development
|Sector / Subsector||
Transport - Road transport (non-urban)
|Gender Equity and Mainstreaming||Effective gender mainstreaming|
|Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy|
|Description of Outcome|
|Progress Toward Outcome||Not yet due.|
|Description of Project Outputs|
|Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)||
- Due to underestimated costs at project design and continued price escalations since 2009, it is likely that the total length of road to be rehabilitated will be about 298 km against 304 km as anticipated.
- Flexible design guideline has been taken into account for all 12 project roads. Only provincial road 255 applied 2 road classes of V and IV.
- Adaptation measures have been implemented in 6 roads.
- Up to December 2016, the accumulative rates were: of the 42% local unskilled used, 44.3% were women.
- Among 854 participants of the training of facilitators, 480 (56.21% of the total) were women.
- A majority of contractors' representatives in charge of the civil work under projects were oriented on GAEMDP, especially on related GAP target. However, sub-contractors are not yet oriented on GAP.
- The climate change adaptation consulting services has been terminated with 3 out of 5 climate change outputs pending. NDF cancelled the remaining Grant amount.
- Climate change adaptation training seminars was held during June 8th to 15, 2014 in Hai Phong with 58 participants and 25 of those are female (account for 43%).
|Geographical Location||Viet Nam|
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Results of the IEEs conducted for each province showed that the proposed road improvement works will result in minor environmental impacts. The biological environment is dominated by agriculture, production forests, and tree plantations around most stretches of the project roads. None of the project roads traverses buffer or core zones of ecologically or culturally protected areas.
The adverse environmental impacts will be largely experienced during construction due to spoil and waste disposal, traffic interruption, potential disruption of water and power supply utilities, and elevated levels of noise and dust. The works will be of short duration, causing only moderate disturbance to the surrounding areas provided the EMPs are fully implemented. The EMPs provide mitigation measures and monitoring activities to avoid or reduce anticipated negative project impacts.
|Involuntary Resettlement||Although about 4,700 households are affected by land acquisition, no households are losing 10% or more of their total productive assets. Impacts on structures are limited as houses and shops will be only partially affected. There will be no impacts on common property resources, and access to properties and economic opportunities will not be restricted during project construction and operation. Key information in the resettlement plans has been disclosed to the affected households through distribution of information leaflets in Vietnamese or local ethnic minority languages during market days in the communes prior to submission to ADB for review and concurrence.|
|Indigenous Peoples||The ethnic minorities in the remote areas, especially in those that are difficult to access by road during the rainy season, are particularly poor. Road improvement will greatly benefit the ethnic minority groups but there are also increased social risks. GAEMDPs for Bac Kan, Cao Bang, Ha Giang, Tuyen Quang, and Lao Cai provinces have been designed in a culturally and linguistically gender-responsive way. The plans will be translated into ethnic minority languages since a critical source of vulnerability among women from ethnic minority groups is language, which isolates these women and reduces income-generating opportunities. Data disaggregated by ethnic group will be collected during implementation and monitoring.|
|Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation|
|During Project Design|
|During Project Implementation|
Project Coordination Consulting Services: QCBS, 485 person-months, $5.23 million.
Project Auditing Consulting Services: QCBS, 156 person-months, $0.66 million.
Recruitment activities have been completed.
Civil works: National competitive bidding, 23 contracts, $78.04 million.
Equipment: Shopping, 1 contract, $0.04 million.
Procurement activities have been completed.
|Responsible ADB Officer||Nguyen, Cuong Dinh|
|Responsible ADB Department||Southeast Asia Department|
|Responsible ADB Division||Viet Nam Resident Mission|
Transport Department of Bac Kan
Duc Xuan Ward - Bac Kan Town - Bac Kan Province Transport Department of Cao Bang
Hop Giang Ward - Cao Bang Town - Cao Bang Province Transport Department of Ha Giang
Nguyen Trai Road - Ha Giang Town - Ha Giang Province Transport Department of Lao Cai
Hoang Lien Road - Lao Cai city - Lao Cai Province Transport Department of Tuyen Quang
Phan Thiet Road - Tuyen Quang Town - Tuyen Quang Province Transport Department of Yen Bai
Yen Ninh Ward - Yen Bai city - Yen Bai Province
|Last Review Mission||-|
|PDS Creation Date||30 Mar 2010|
|Last PDS Update||31 Mar 2017|
|Approval||Signing Date||Effectivity Date||Closing|
|30 Sep 2011||02 Dec 2011||16 Apr 2012||30 Jun 2017||-||-|
|Financing Plan||Loan Utilization|
|Total (Amount in US$ million)||Date||ADB||Others||Net Percentage|
|Project Cost||80.00||Cumulative Contract Awards|
|ADB||80.00||30 Sep 2011||70.53||0.00||97%|
|Cofinancing||0.00||30 Sep 2011||67.88||0.00||93%|
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|Title||Document Type||Document Date|
|Transport Connections in Northern Mountainous Provinces Project||Procurement Plans||Dec 2012|