Myanmar: Greater Mekong Subregion East-West Economic Corridor Eindu to Kawkareik Road Improvement

Sovereign Project | 46422-001 Status: Active

Summary

The Asian Development Bank (ADB), at the request of the Government of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar, provided financial assistance for the improvement of 66.4 kilometer (km) of road between Eindu and Kawkareik, in Kayin State. The project road will be improved to the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) road network standard of two lanes with appropriate width paved shoulders, suitable for all standard highway traffic. The section will require complete reconstruction, with some short sections of realignment for improved vehicle operating speed and road safety. The project also includes design features for climate resilience in this flood-prone area, including raising the road to a level that takes into account potentially higher future flood levels to provide year-round access.

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Project Name Greater Mekong Subregion East-West Economic Corridor Eindu to Kawkareik Road Improvement
Project Number 46422-001
Country Myanmar
Project Status Active
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 8330-MYA: Greater Mekong Subregion East-West Economic Corridor Eindu to Kawkareik Road Improvement
Japan Fund for Poverty Reduction US$ 1.50 million
TA 8330-MYA: Greater Mekong Subregion East-West Economic Corridor Eindu to Kawkareik Road Improvement (Supplementary)
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 225,000.00
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Regional integration
Drivers of Change Governance and capacity development
Partnerships
Sector / Subsector

Transport - Road transport (non-urban)

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Some gender elements
Description

The Asian Development Bank (ADB), at the request of the Government of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar, provided financial assistance for the improvement of 66.4 kilometer (km) of road between Eindu and Kawkareik, in Kayin State. The project road will be improved to the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) road network standard of two lanes with appropriate width paved shoulders, suitable for all standard highway traffic. The section will require complete reconstruction, with some short sections of realignment for improved vehicle operating speed and road safety. The project also includes design features for climate resilience in this flood-prone area, including raising the road to a level that takes into account potentially higher future flood levels to provide year-round access.

As a project due diligence for ADB financial support to the project, a technical assistance grant was provided to assist the government in the preparation of the project, including engineering, economic, social and environmental safeguards and financing requirements of the project.

For Project updates, please refer to http://www.adb.org/projects/46422-003/main#project-pds

Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy The project is located in Myanmar's Kayin State, which borders Thailand. The state is isolated and has been affected by sectarian conflict since 1949. As a consequence, poverty levels are high, and social and economic infrastructure is rudimentary and in poor condition where it exists. Despite these factors, the state is traversed by Myanmars principal road link to Thailand, along which about 30% of the countrys land-based trade passes. This road link is part of the GMS EWEC, which is intended to connect Da Nang in Viet Nam with Mawlamyine and Yangon in Myanmar, through the Lao Peoples Democratic Republic and Thailand. The GMS EWEC road sections have been completed in the Lao Peoples Democratic Republic, Thailand, and Viet Nam; the Myanmar sections need to be completed and improved. The project is aligned with the development agenda of ADBs Midterm Review of Strategy 2020, which supports inclusive economic growth and regional cooperation and integration. Myanmar suffers from a lack of good quality transport connections nationally and with neighboring countries, which has constrained its economic growth and integration within Asia. After five decades of isolation, it is essential that regional connectivity is improved to stimulate and sustain economic development, and to normalize cross-border flow of goods and people. Improvement of the GMS EWEC within Myanmar will dramatically improve connectivity, reduce travel times, and support economic development within the corridor and beyond, lifting many in this poor state of Myanmar out of poverty. The project will (i) improve road access to and within Kayin State; (ii) facilitate trade between Myanmar and Thailand, and beyond to the wider GMS region; and (iii) support the peace process and demonstrate the governments commitment to improving the well-being of people in areas that have long been affected by conflict. The GMS EWEC within Myanmar is a priority of the government, as highlighted in the national transport master plan.
Impact

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Description of Outcome
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Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects

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Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design

The project is in the preparation phase. ADB has conducted loan fact finding in early February 2015 with the Ministry of Construction (MOC), which is the intended executing agency of the project.

During the project preparation due diligence stakeholder consultations were held in March and April 2014, with further meetings held in February 2015.

During the preparation of the IEE and RP documents, a series of public consultations were conducted in April and March 2014 involving affected people (AP) consisting of village leaders/officials and residents. A total of 45 village leaders and 237 residents were consulted. The consultations showed strong support for the project road and that residents along the project road do not consider themselves particularly affected by environmental issues. Regarding concerns about the project road, consultations showed the following consistent concerns: (i) traffic accidents related to increased road speed; and (ii) loss of land or property. The APs were asked to consider mitigation measures for these issues and these clearly came across as (i) improving traffic rules awareness, road crossings and traffic safety signage; and (ii) ensure adequate compensation measures for loss of land.

During Project Implementation

The Project was approved by the Board of ADB on 10 November 2015. The communication plan for the project will ensure suitable dialogue is maintained with stakeholders throughout the project implementation.

All necessary consultation and approvals will be undertaken for the project implementation in line with Government requirements and ADB's SPS.

In Many 2015, and on 22-27 May 2016, ADB and MOC conducted key Stakeholder meetings along the road alignment, up to the village level to update them about the Project's progress and implementation plan.

Business Opportunities

Consulting Services The PPTA will be implemented over a period of 8 months, between October 2013 and May 2014. Consultancy services will be provided by a firm. It will require 34 person-months of international consultants and 49 person-months of national consultants, working with the Ministry of Construction and Public Works staff assigned to the project on a permanent or part-time basis as required. An international consulting firm will be engaged to implement the TA. Equipment and assets purchased under the work will adhere to ADB's Procurement Guidelines, and upon completion of the project, the assets will be turned over to the executing agency (MOC).
Procurement For the procurement process of the ensuing loan, ADB has approved the Government's request for advance contracting to expedite project implementation. Advance contracting includes: (i) a civil works package (2 lots) for road improvement through international competitive bidding (ICB) procedure, and (ii) a consulting services package for construction supervision and design check, and will include project management and implementation capacity development for government staff (105 international and 786 national person-months) through the quality and cost-based selection (QCBS) procedure (90:10 ratio) with full technical proposal.

Responsible Staff

Responsible ADB Officer James Leather
Responsible ADB Department Southeast Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Transport and Communications Division, SERD
Executing Agencies
Ministry of Construction
U Win Pe, Director General, Department of Highways, Ministry of Construction
[email protected]
Department of Highways Office Building No. 11 Naypyitaw, Myanmar

Timetable

Concept Clearance -
Fact Finding -
MRM -
Approval 21 Feb 2013
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 11 Aug 2016

TA 8330-MYA

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
21 Feb 2013 14 Aug 2013 14 Aug 2013 31 Jan 2014 30 Sep 2016 -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
225,000.00 1,500,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 1,725,000.00 21 Feb 2013 1,577,622.22

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