46370-001: Developing the Asset Management Program for Myanmar Roads | Asian Development Bank

Myanmar: Developing the Asset Management Program for Myanmar Roads

Sovereign (Public) Project | 46370-001 Status: Closed

In response to an immediate need to maintain existing road assets in Myanmar, in particular the core primary road network, the capacity development technical assistance (TA) would work directly with the Ministry of Construction (MOC) to develop an asset management and capacity development program.

Project Details

Project Officer
Veron-Okamoto, Adrien Southeast Asia Department Request for information
  • Myanmar
  • Technical Assistance
  • Transport
Project Name Developing the Asset Management Program for Myanmar Roads
Project Number 46370-001
Country Myanmar
Project Status Closed
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 8327-MYA: Developing the Asset Management Program for Myanmar Roads
Japan Fund for Poverty Reduction US$ 1.37 million
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Governance and capacity development
Sector / Subsector

Transport / Road transport (non-urban)

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming
Description In response to an immediate need to maintain existing road assets in Myanmar, in particular the core primary road network, the capacity development technical assistance (TA) would work directly with the Ministry of Construction (MOC) to develop an asset management and capacity development program.
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy The TA directly supports ADB's Interim Country Partnership Strategy for Myanmar, 2012-2014, which highlights the priority needs for improved access and connectivity, and includes the transport sector as a priority area for ADB assistance.
Impact Improved national connectivity through road transport infrastructure and service improvements
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome A road maintenance and asset management prioritization program developed for the core road network managed by the MOC
Progress Toward Outcome

The maintenance strategy and program produced have given useful indications to MOC on what type of works to prioritize, possible management targets to aim for, and will support its budget requests from the Ministry of Finance. Two unforeseen issues have limited the TA outcome. Road condition surveys and maintenance planning revealed that the highways requiring most maintenance were those under concession contracts with the private sector (5,700 km), over which MOC has only limited control. ADB has been advising MOC on how to improve this situation under a separate TA (TA 8788-MYA: Transport Sector Reform and Modernization). Second, MOC needs to develop an operational plan that determines which road should be maintained (as planned under the road asset management program), and which one should be upgraded (as planned under the arterial master plan, released after the end of the TA).

The most visible outcomes of the TA have been (i) MOC's decision in 2015 to create two units in charge of road asset management, which will sustain the road data bank and prepare maintenance plans, and (ii) MOC's request to ADB for further assistance and financing for maintenance works planned under the TA, which ADB is considering financing.

Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

(1) a comprehensive inventory of road assets maintained in a management database and information system

(2) A mechanism for prioritization of road maintenance prepared along with an investment program for financing assets inthe future, with corresponding performance management indicators for improved operations

(3) A capacity development program for asset management conducted

(4) Proposals prepared for mechanisms for providing sustainable financial resources for road asset management

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

The TA produced all the expected outputs, to a generally good quality. The TA surveyed 27,000 km of roads (including most paved roads) the first time a road survey was implemented in Myanmar since 1991. Other roads under MOC were not included as they were inaccessible because of conflict or excessively poor condition preventing access by motor vehicles. The consultant established a road data bank including road pavement data and covering the entire network. The consultant calibrated HDM4, prepared a five-year maintenance strategy and investment program, proposed key performance indicators, and implemented 327 person-day of training. The consultant proposed new directions for road sector financing, some of which were then further analyzed in a separate ADB publication on road user charges in Myanmar.

The road data bank is MOC's first centralized database. The pavement management software is fully functional, even though it will need further developments to improve its predictive power. About 10,000 km of road condition data could not be used, as the smart-phone application became unreliable at low speeds when the roads' roughness was too high. Through the TA MOC built capacity to survey road condition, update the road data bank, and generally developed awareness about road asset management. These limitations are normal in any such project, as it typically takes 8-10 years for a road agency to become highly proficient in road asset management.

Geographical Location
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 The TA will include consultancy services to be provided by an engineering firm or one with similar qualifications. International consultants (31 person-months) and national consultants (28 person-months) will be engaged on a full-time or an intermittent basis to work with the Ministry of Construction Public Works staff assigned to the TA.
Procurement Equipment procurement will comply with ADB's Procurement Guidelines. The assets will be handed over to the executing and/or implementing agency with the TA is completed.
Responsible ADB Officer Veron-Okamoto, Adrien
Responsible ADB Department Southeast Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Transport and Communications Division, SERD
Executing Agencies
Ministry of Construction
Department of Highways Office Building No. 11 Naypyitaw, Myanmar
Concept Clearance 25 Sep 2012
Fact Finding -
Approval 20 Feb 2013
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 27 Sep 2016

TA 8327-MYA

Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
20 Feb 2013 14 Aug 2013 14 Aug 2013 30 Nov 2014 30 Nov 2015 -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
0.00 1,365,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 1,365,000.00 20 Feb 2013 1,361,461.15

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