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Regional: Support for the Establishment of the Greater Mekong Railway Association

Sovereign (Public) Project | 42518-023 Status: Closed

To meet the objective of improving railway connectivity to promote efficient, safe, and environmentally-sustainable transport of goods and people within and beyond the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS), a GMS railway coordination body, the Greater Mekong Railway Association, will be established to develop railway institutional capacity in respective GMS countries (Cambodia, People's Republic of China, Lao Peoples Democratic Republic, Myanmar, Thailand, and Vietnam), as well as support railway connectivity and inter-operability.

Project Details

Project Officer
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Country
  • Regional
Modality
  • Technical Assistance
Sector
  • Transport
 
Project Name Support for the Establishment of the Greater Mekong Railway Association
Project Number 42518-023
Country Regional
Project Status Closed
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 8529-REG: Support for the Establishment of the Greater Mekong Railway Association
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 225,000.00
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Governance and capacity development
Sector / Subsector

Transport / Rail transport (non-urban)

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming
Description To meet the objective of improving railway connectivity to promote efficient, safe, and environmentally-sustainable transport of goods and people within and beyond the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS), a GMS railway coordination body, the Greater Mekong Railway Association, will be established to develop railway institutional capacity in respective GMS countries (Cambodia, People's Republic of China, Lao Peoples Democratic Republic, Myanmar, Thailand, and Vietnam), as well as support railway connectivity and inter-operability.
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

The expected impact of the TA is to improve railway connectivity to promote efficient, safe, and environmentally-sustainable rail transport in GMS countries.

The outcome of the TA would be the establishment of an effectively functioning and self-sufficient GMRA serving railway connectivity in the GMS.

The TA outputs will include: (i) support for the technical working groups on railway connectivity in the GMS; (ii) preparation of a capacity development program for GMS member countries railway bodies; and (iii) facilitation of dialogue with private sector involvement in GMS railway development.

Impact Improve railway connectivity to promote efficient, safe, and environmentally-sustainable rail transport in GMS countries.
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome An effectively functioning and self-sufficient GMRA service railway connectivity in the GMS.
Progress Toward Outcome Activities on-going. A General Meeting of the GMRA was held in Kunming (11 March 2015). Four (4) working group meetings have been held Phnom Penh (7-8 October 2014), Bangkok (12-13 November 2014 and 21-22 January 2015), Kunming (10 and 12 March 2015), and Vientiane (9-10 June 2015). Further meetings are planned for Vietnam and Myanmar during 2015.
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

Support for the technical working groups on railway connectivity in the GMS

Prepare a capacity development program for GMS member countries railway bodies

Facilitate dialogue with private sector invovlement in GMS railway development

Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues) Activities on-going. Three working group shave been established in the GMRA: (1) Network Connectivity; (2) Network Integration and Interoperability; and (3) GMRA Operations and Partnerships.
Geographical Location Regional
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 Implementation will require 19 person-months of individual consultants, including 1 international railway specialist (for about 3 person-months), and 1 national coordination and capacity development specialist (for about 16 person-months). Recruitment of consultants will be done in accordance with ADB's Guidelines on the Use of Consultants.
Responsible ADB Officer James Leather
Responsible ADB Department Southeast Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Transport and Communications Division, SERD
Executing Agencies
Asian Development Bank
6 ADB Avenue,
Mandaluyong City 1550, Philippines
Timetable
Concept Clearance 05 Jun 2013
Fact Finding 16 Sep 2013 to 03 Oct 2013
MRM -
Approval 04 Dec 2013
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 04 Sep 2015

TA 8529-REG

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
04 Dec 2013 - 04 Dec 2013 31 Dec 2015 30 Sep 2016 -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
225,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 225,000.00 04 Dec 2013 222,502.29

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