Myanmar : Nationwide Data Connectivity Project

Nonsovereign Project | 52200-001

Project Details

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    Pascual, Francis Mark A.
    Private Sector Operations Department
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    • Information and communication technology
Project Name Nationwide Data Connectivity Project
Project Number 52200-001
Borrower / Company Ooredoo Q.P.S.C.
Country / Economy Myanmar
Location Nation-wide
Type or Modality of Assistance
3776 Loan Ordinary capital resources USD 150.00 million Committed
3777 Loan Ordinary capital resources USD 350.00 million Committed
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Private sector development
Sector / Subsector

Information and communication technology / ICT industries and ICT-enabled services

Gender Gender equity
Responsible ADB Department Private Sector Operations Department
Responsible ADB Division Portfolio Management Division, PSOD
Responsible ADB Officer Pascual, Francis Mark A.
Project Sponsor(s)
Objectives and Scope

The project consists of rollout of fixed and wireless broadband services, upgrade of mobile telecommunication networks and acquisition of additional spectrums and licenses in Myanmar by Ooredoo QPSC, through its 100% owned subsidiary Ooredoo Myanmar.

The project will improve the access to quality telecommunication services and will contribute to achieve a higher penetration rate for mobile phone and internet and enable access to information, knowledge and social and economic opportunities.

Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

ADB's assistance for the project is aligned with ADB's

long-term corporate strategy to 2030 (Strategy 2030), which identifies gender equality as one of the seven operational priority areas. Strategy 2030 also emphasize private sector participation in infrastructure projects in new communication technologies and mobilization of private sector resources for innovation and job creation. The assistance is also aligned with the Country Partnership Strategy (CPS) for Myanmar (2017-2021), and the Country Operations Business Plan (2017-2019), as the project promotes the private sector as engine of growth for inclusive and sustainable development, enables access and connectivity to address the critical infrastructure needs, connects rural and urban areas and markets, and provides access to basic social services such as mobile banking and smart agriculture.

Safeguard Categories
Environment B
Involuntary Resettlement C
Indigenous Peoples C
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects The project is processed as general corporate finance (GCF), with ADB funds to be allocated to the expansion and upgrading of Ooredoo's nationwide mobile telecommunications infrastructure facilities in Myanmar. In accordance with ADB's SPS (2009), the project is classified as category B for environment. To meet the GCF requirement, Ooredoo Myanmar has adopted the 2015 Environmental and Social Management System (ESMS), which is aligned with ADB 2009 Safeguard Policy Statement (SPS) and IFC's Environmental and Social Performance Standards. The environmental and social measures and the institutional capacity and commitment of Ooredoo Myanmar to manage the project's environmental and social impacts are deemed adequate. Staffs are trained on various environmental, health and safety aspects of construction and operation of the project.
Involuntary Resettlement No Involuntary resettlement impacts are envisaged. Ooredoo Myanmar's development of new infrastructure is expected to be minimal and mainly on a co-sharing arrangement with other telecommunications providers. In instances that co-sharing is not possible, Ooredoo Myanmar will locate new telecommunications infrastructures on leased private or within government lands, through negotiations and based on commercially acceptable terms. The existing ESMS has defined site acquisition procedures, compliant with ADB SPS.
Indigenous Peoples Impacts on indigenous peoples are not expected. Development of new telecommunications infrastructures will not result in the involuntary acquisition of land customarily owned or occupied by the ethnic groups in Myanmar The ESMS has procedures to ensure that Ooredoo Myanmar's activities comply with ADP SPS safeguards requirements on Indigenous Peoples.
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation Major stakeholders of the project include the Myanmar population who will benefit from the improved telecommunications infrastructure and services, the government agencies, the potential telecom service providers. The ESMS provides guidelines for stakeholders and community engagement. The procedures embedded in the ESMS ensure the conduct of meaningful consultations. It also provides the mechanism to report and address concerns associated with Ooredoo Myanmar's operations.
Timetable for assistance design, processing and implementation
Concept Clearance 10 Jul 2018
Credit Committee Meeting 05 Dec 2018
Approval 19 Feb 2019
Last PDS Update 05 May 2021

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Title Document Type Document Date
Nationwide Data Connectivity Project: Extended Annual Review Report Extended Annual Review Reports Oct 2022
Ooredoo Q.P.S.C. Nationwide Data Connectivity Project: Initial Poverty and Social Analysis Initial Poverty and Social Analysis Feb 2019
Nationwide Data Connectivity Project:Report and Recommendation of the President Reports and Recommendations of the President Jan 2019
Nationwide Data Connectivity Project: Gender Action Plan Gender Action Plans Jan 2019

Safeguard Documents See also: Safeguards
Safeguard documents provided at the time of project/facility approval may also be found in the list of linked documents provided with the Report and Recommendation of the President.

Title Document Type Document Date
Nationwide Data Connectivity Project: Environmental and Social Monitoring Report (January-December 2020) Environmental and Social Monitoring Reports Mar 2021

Evaluation Documents See also: Independent Evaluation

None currently available.

Related Publications

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