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Regional: Connecting the Railways of the Greater Mekong Subregion (Phase 2)

Sovereign (Public) Project | 42518-025 Status: Active

The proposed regional knowledge and support technical assistance (TA) will support the Greater Mekong Railway Association (GMRA) in accelerating the development of rail connections among the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) countries by (i) improving the organizational structure of the GMRA; (ii) preparing an operational readiness plan to ensure appropriate standards for technology on safety, productivity, and environmental quality of railway operations; (iii) updating the GMS railway strategy for the development of missing cross-border railway links and associated domestic connections; (iv) updating the Mekong (Sub-) Regional Transport Model (MRTM) prepared under phase 1 of the TA for Connecting the Railways of the Greater Mekong Subregion, enhancing the capacity to utilize it effectively; and (v) identifying bankable railway projects in GMS countries.

 
Project Name Connecting the Railways of the Greater Mekong Subregion (Phase 2)
Project Number 42518-025
Country Regional
Cambodia
Lao People's Democratic Republic
Myanmar
China, People's Republic of
Thailand
Viet Nam
Project Status Active
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 9918-REG: Connecting the Railways of the Greater Mekong Subregion, Phase 2
People's Republic of China Poverty Reduction and Regional Cooperation Fund US$ 500,000.00
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Regional integration
Drivers of Change Governance and capacity development
Knowledge solutions
Partnerships
Private sector development
Sector / Subsector

Transport / Rail transport (non-urban)

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming No gender elements
Description The proposed regional knowledge and support technical assistance (TA) will support the Greater Mekong Railway Association (GMRA) in accelerating the development of rail connections among the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) countries by (i) improving the organizational structure of the GMRA; (ii) preparing an operational readiness plan to ensure appropriate standards for technology on safety, productivity, and environmental quality of railway operations; (iii) updating the GMS railway strategy for the development of missing cross-border railway links and associated domestic connections; (iv) updating the Mekong (Sub-) Regional Transport Model (MRTM) prepared under phase 1 of the TA for Connecting the Railways of the Greater Mekong Subregion, enhancing the capacity to utilize it effectively; and (v) identifying bankable railway projects in GMS countries.
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

The GMS countries have identified and agreed upon nine missing cross-border rail links that, when completed, will enhance railway connectivity in the GMS. The GMRA Board approved the nine rail links in March 2015. The need to develop the future railway network to consider current developments in railway technology already common in People's Republic of China and many other countries, plus emerging developments in train control, train operations, motive power and communications were identified with support of Phase 1. Enhancing the readiness of the GMRA to accommodate appropriate technologies would lead to enhanced safety, railway productivity and reduced environmental impact.

The GMRA seeks to accelerate railway connectivity by promoting efficient, safe, reliable, and environmentally sustainable rail transport of goods and people within and beyond the GMS. ADB's TA for Support for Implementing the Action Plan for Transport and Trade Facilitation in the Greater Mekong Subregion helped to prepare and finalize the Framework Agreement on Cross-Border Railway Transport Connectivity in the GMS, which was discussed among GMS countries on 24 May 2019 at ADB headquarters and will subsequently be subject to further negotiation and the national ratification processes of the GMS countries. Through the support provided by this KSTA, the capacity and effectiveness of the GMRA will be enhanced and the knowledge of participating railway organizations will be strengthened. Although Phase 1 (i.e.TA 9123-REG) made good progress with the prioritization of the missing railway links, it is essential to define the emerging changes in railway technologies and its potential impact on GMS railway operations and investment, conduct further detailed analysis of what is appropriate given the legacy investment in railway infrastructure, and continue consultation with railway organizations.

Impact Greater railway connectivity in the GMS provided.
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome GMRA functioning with adequate capacity and funding.
Progress Toward Outcome
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

Organizational structure of the GMRA improved.

Operational Readiness Plan for the GMRA developed.

GMS railway network development strategy updated.

Updated GMS transport demand model prepared.

Bankable railway projects identified in GMS countries.

Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)
Geographical Location Cambodia - Nation-wide; China - Nation-wide; Lao People's Democratic Republic - Nation-wide; Myanmar - Nation-wide; Thailand - Nation-wide; Viet Nam - Nation-wide
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 ADB will engage the consultants following the ADB Procurement Policy (2017, as amended from time to time) and its associated project administration instructions and/or staff instructions. Implementation will require 14 person-months of individual consultants in the core team. Output-based contracts will be used for study team consulting services when possible.
Procurement There is no expected procurement of goods for this TA.
Responsible ADB Officer Islam, Mohammad Nazrul
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 06 Aug 2019
Fact Finding 06 Sep 2019 to 13 Sep 2019
MRM -
Approval 19 Dec 2019
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 20 Dec 2019

TA 9918-REG

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
19 Dec 2019 - 19 Dec 2019 31 Dec 2021 - -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
0.00 500,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 500,000.00 19 Dec 2019 4,500.00

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Tenders

Tender Title Type Status Posting Date Deadline
Senior Railway Management and Institutional Specialist (International) Individual - Consulting Closed 04 Jul 2020 10 Jul 2020
Senior Regional Capacity Building and Communications Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed 04 Jul 2020 10 Jul 2020
Connecting the Railways of the Greater Mekong Subregion (Phase 2) Individual - Consulting Closed 06 Feb 2020 12 Feb 2020
Connecting the Railways of the Greater Mekong Subregion (Phase 2) Individual - Consulting Closed 06 Feb 2020 12 Feb 2020

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