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Cambodia: Second Greater Mekong Subregion Corridor Towns Development Project

Sovereign (Public) Project | 46443-002 Status: Active

The Asian Development Bank is working with Cambodia, Lao People’s Democratic Republic and Viet Nam to improve the competitiveness of towns along Greater Mekong Subregion economic corridors. The second phase of the project is helping Cambodia carry out priority infrastructure projects and environmental improvements in towns in Kampot and Sihanoukville along the Southern Economic Corridor.

Project Details

Project Officer
Swain, Wei Kim Southeast Asia Department Request for information
  • Cambodia
  • Loan
  • Water and other urban infrastructure and services
Project Name Second Greater Mekong Subregion Corridor Towns Development Project
Project Number 46443-002
Country Cambodia
Project Status Active
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Loan
Source of Funding / Amount
Loan 3314-CAM: Second Greater Mekong Subregion Corridor Towns Development Project
concessional ordinary capital resources lending / Asian Development Fund US$ 33.00 million
Strategic Agendas Environmentally sustainable growth
Inclusive economic growth
Regional integration
Drivers of Change Gender Equity and Mainstreaming
Governance and capacity development
Knowledge solutions
Private sector development
Sector / Subsector

Water and other urban infrastructure and services / Urban flood protection - Urban sewerage - Urban solid waste management

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Effective gender mainstreaming
Description The Second Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) Corridor Towns Development Project (the project) represents the second phase of the ongoing GMS Corridor Towns Development Project in Cambodia, Lao PDR and Viet Nam. It supports the first four strategic thrusts of the GMS Strategic Framework 2012 2022 namely (i) strengthening infrastructure linkages; (ii) facilitating cross-border trade, investment, and tourism; (iii) enhancing private sector participation and competitiveness; and (iv) developing human resources. The focus on corridor town development follows an approach that will maximize the economic benefits of increased trade and traffic flows along the major transport corridors in the GMS with the expected positive impacts resulting from accelerated investments in strategically located towns and cities, and added value on economic growth through development oriented on green growth and climate resilience. The objective is to strengthen competitiveness of the GMS economic corridors through environmental infrastructure.
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy Towns along the Southern Economic Corridor (SEC) which links Thailand with southern Viet Nam through Cambodia are well positioned to serve as dynamic centers of investment and economic growth. The strategic location of the corridor towns provides the stimulus for increased trade and investment. Access to markets will provide many incentives for local economies in the hinterlands of the corridor towns. Given these development opportunities, and with the rapid growth of the urban population and expansion of these areas, several corridor towns are now facing demands for urban infrastructure and essential support services, including Kampot and Sihanoukville. The participating corridor towns in Cambodia, Kampot and Sihanoukville, continue to face the urgent task of coping with the demands of expanding urban areas. The local authorities want to plan and manage urban growth using an integrated approach, operate and maintain urban environmental and economic infrastructure and efficiently deliver municipal services. Kampot is a provincial capital and; an agricultural, commercial and service center and a regional tourism center. Its strategic location provides excellent road based connections in the SEC and to Phnom Penh the capital city. There are significant opportunities for increased economic activities and investments. Sihanoukville is a regional center and provincial capital with a rapidly expanding economy and significant levels of urbanization. Its success is built around investment in strategic infrastructure, including an international port, an airport and a special economic zone, coupled with a beach environment that has given the town an international resort status. The project is in line with the ADB Country Partnership Strategy for Cambodia, ADB's Urban Operational Plan; the GrEEEn Cities Approach; ADB's Water Operational Plan; the GMS Strategic Framework; and the GMS Regional Investment Framework Implementation Plan (2014-2018). The towns under this project were selected and prioritized under the GMS Regional Investment Framework, as key towns located along the GMS economic corridors.
Impact Promoting growth that is sustainable, inclusive, equitable and resilient; creating employment, including through improving competitiveness; promoting equity through reducing poverty and improving environmental sustainability, and promoting efficiency through further strengthening institutional capacity and governance, in the two towns of Kampot and Sihanoukville. (National Strategic Development Plan, 2014-2018a)
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome Improved urban services in the two participating towns
Progress Toward Outcome The bidding process for two sub-projects (wastewater and drainage in Kampot; and drainage in Sihanoukville) have commenced, following completion of the detailed engineering design. The detailed engineering designs for the landfill sub-projects in each town is still to commence.
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

SLEDPs developed

Priority urban infrastructure investments implemented

Institutional capacities for managing public investments strengthened

Community awareness on project activities and environmental sustainability improved

Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues) The project is currently behind its implementation schedule but expected to catch up by end 2018. Contract awards are anticipated by December 2018 for two of the subprojects (Kampot WWTP and Urban Drainage and Sihanoukville Urban Drainage). Detailed designs for the Kampot and Sihanoukville landfill subprojects have not commenced. It is likely that the designs will be finalised in Q1, 2019 with contract award in Q2, 2019.
Geographical Location Nation-wide, Kampot Province, Sihanoukville
Safeguard Categories
Environment B
Involuntary Resettlement B
Indigenous Peoples C
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects The project is not expected to have irreversible adverse environmental impacts. Mitigation measures for identified impacts related to siting, design, construction, and operation have been incorporated in environment management plans. In addition, potential impacts of climate change and natural hazards (e.g., flooding and earthquake) on the project are recommended for integration into the design and engineering stage as feasible and appropriate.
Involuntary Resettlement Land acquisition and resettlement is anticipated for the Kampot wastewater and drainage sub-project, for which a resettlement plan has been prepared. Some resettlement is expected for a portion of the drainage works where properties were found to be encroaching the drainage line. Limited impacts are expected from the Sihanoukville drainage sub-project. The impacts for the two landfills in Kampot and Sihanoukville will be confirmed during detailed engineering design.
Indigenous Peoples Indigenous peoples safeguards are not triggered by any project component in Kampot or Sihanoukville.
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design Key stakeholders, who are essential to engage to achieve project objectives and lessen project specific risks and challenges, have been identified. Stakeholders include: (i) government agencies responsible for the design, management, and implementation of the project; (ii) companies who provide essential urban infrastructure services and facilities, principally for solid waste collection; (iii) urban residents and businesses; and (iv) local media. A stakeholder communications strategy and participation plan were developed to inform and support community development, enhance government agency capacity to manage project outcome, enhance the role of the private sector operators, enhance project benefits and mitigate negative impacts.
During Project Implementation The stakeholder communications strategy and participation plan are being implemented as part of project implementation.
Responsible ADB Officer Swain, Wei Kim
Responsible ADB Department Southeast Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Urban Development and Water Division, SERD
Executing Agencies
Ministry of Public Works and Transport
[email protected]
4th Floor Eastern Building
Corner Norodom Boulevard Street 106
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Concept Clearance 06 Jan 2015
Fact Finding 28 May 2015 to 03 Jun 2015
MRM 18 Aug 2015
Approval 13 Nov 2015
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 28 Sep 2018

Loan 3314-CAM

Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
13 Nov 2015 22 Dec 2015 29 Feb 2016 30 Jun 2021 - -
Financing Plan Loan Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 38.10 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 33.00 13 Nov 2015 11.57 0.00 36%
Counterpart 5.10 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 0.00 13 Nov 2015 3.43 0.00 11%
Status of Covenants
Category Sector Safeguards Social Financial Economic Others
Rating - Satisfactory - - - -

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Tender Title Type Status Posting Date Deadline
3314-CAM: Second Greater Mekong Subregion Corridor Towns Development Project [PMU/MPWT/CTDP-2/ICB/CW03] Invitation for Bids Closed 20 Aug 2018 01 Oct 2018
Loan No. 3314-CAM: Second GMS Corridor Towns Development Project [PMU/MPWT/CTDP-2/ICB/CW01] Invitation for Bids Closed 09 Aug 2018 20 Sep 2018

Contracts Awarded

No contracts awarded for this project were found