Project Data Sheet

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PDS Creation Date 29 Nov 2006
PDS Updated as of 02 Jul 2010

Project Name Small Towns Development Sector
Country Lao People's Democratic Republic
Project/Program Number 31352-013
Status Approved
Geographical Location Ten small towns mostly in the northern region.
In preparing any country program or strategy, financing any project, or by making any designation of, or reference to, a particular territory or geographic area in this document, the Asian Development Bank does not intend to make any judgments as to the legal or other status of any territory or area.
Sector Water supply and other municipal infrastructure and services
Subsector Water and Other Municipal Infrastructure and Services
Strategic Agendas
Drivers of Change
Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Categories


Type/Modality of Assistance Approval Number Source of Funding Approved Amount (thousand)

Safeguard Categories

For more information about the safeguard categories, please see

Environment B

Summary of Environmental and Social Issues

Initial environmental examination (IEE) was carried out during three subproject appraisals.The Project is unlikely to result in a major adverse environmental impacts. In fact, it will result in environmental improvements in small towns. An environmental impact assessment is not considered necessary.

Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples

Stakeholder Communication, Participation and Consultation

Through regular review missions (twice a year). Final loan review mission was fielded in December 2009.

During Project Design
During Project Implementation


The objectives of the Project are to: (i) improve the living conditions of small towns communities, especially the poor, through improved urban environments, increased access to essential urban services, and enhanced livelihoods; and (ii) support the establishment and development of decentralized institutional and management frameworks for providing urban infrastructure and services in small towns. To achieve the objectives, the Project has two components: Urban Infrastructure and Services Improvements (Part A) and Support for Project Implementation, Community Processes, and Capacity Building (Part B). The Project is being implemented over a period of six years by 31 January 2009 with a loan closing date of 31 July 2009 for 10 project towns, namely Pakxanh, Vang Vieng, Xam Neua, and Pek (for Phase 1); Luang Namtha, Xay, and Phongsaly (Phase 2); Houxai, Xayabouri, Saravan (Phase 3).

Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

Development Impact

Project Outcome

Description of Outcome
Progress Towards Outcome

Outputs and Implementation Progress

Description of Project Outputs
Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)
Status of Development Objectives
Status of Operation / Construction
Material Changes

Business Opportunities

Date of First Listing 2006 Nov 29
Consulting Services
About 661 person months (77 international and 584 domestic) will be required from international and domestic consulting firms to assist project coordination unit and project implementing units in three major areas, including overall project management and implementation, implementing the activities for civic awareness, community dialogue and partnering, and capacity building for urban development administration authorities.
International competitive bidding procedures will be used for major civil works contracts estimated to cost over $1.0 million, and supply contracts valued over $500,000. For civil works contracts not exceeding $1.0 million, local competitive bidding procedures will be used. For supply contracts valued $500,000 or lower, international shopping procedures will be used. Procurement through ICB and international shopping will be carried out by PCU. Procurement through LCB will be initiated by UDAAs. The works and goods will be packaged on a per town basis.
Procurement and Consulting Notices


Concept Clearance
Fact-finding 22 Apr 2002 to 08 May 2002
Management Review Meeting 14 Jun 2002
Approval 28 Jan 2003


Approval No. Approval Signing Effectivity Closing
Original Revised Actual
Loan 1994 28 Jan 2003 16 Jul 2003 06 Oct 2003 31 Jul 2009 31 Dec 2009 07 Jul 2010


Date Approval Number ADB (US$ thousand) Others (US$ thousand) Net Percentage
Cumulative Contract Awards
26 Jan 2015 Loan 1994 17,976 0 98.00%
Cumulative Disbursements
26 Jan 2015 Loan 1994 18,417 0 100.00%

Status of Covenants

Covenants are categorized under the following categories—audited accounts, safeguards, social, sector, financial, economic, and others. Covenant compliance is rated by category by applying the following criteria: (i) Satisfactory—all covenants in the category are being complied with, with a maximum of one exception allowed, (ii) Partly Satisfactory—a maximum of two covenants in the category are not being complied with, (iii) Unsatisfactory—three or more covenants in the category are not being complied with. As per the 2011 Public Communications Policy, covenant compliance ratings for Project Financial Statements apply only to projects whose invitation for negotiation falls after 2 April 2012.

Approval No. Category
Sector Social Financial Economic Others Safeguards Project Financial Statements
Loan 1994

Contacts and Update Details

Responsible ADB Officer Eri Honda (
Responsible ADB Department Southeast Asia Department
Responsible ADB Divisions Human and Social Development Division, SERD
Executing Agencies Ministry of Public Works and Transportation(MPWT)
Mr. Fongsamouth Saychandy


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