Project Data Sheet

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PDS Creation Date 14 May 2008
PDS Updated as of 30 Jul 2015

Project Name Lao People's Democratic Republic: Northern Greater Mekong Subregion Transport Network Improvement Project
Country Lao People's Democratic Republic
Project/Program Number 41656-012
Status Approved
Geographical Location Louangphrabang and Xaignabouri provinces
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 Transport
Subsector Road transport (non-urban)
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth (IEG)
Drivers of Change Partnerships (PAR)
Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Categories Category 4: No gender elements (NGE)


Type/Modality of Assistance Approval Number Source of Funding Approved Amount (thousand)
Grant0082Asian Development Fund27,000
Loan-Export-Import Bank of Korea22,400
Grant0082Australian Grant14,500
Loan8241OPEC Fund for International Development11,000
TOTAL US$ 74,900

Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects

Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples

Stakeholder Communication, Participation and Consultation

During Project Design
During Project Implementation


The project will facilitate regional cooperation and increased economic growth in the GMS by improving the national highway linking the Louangphrabang area with the Lao PDR-Thailand border. Improvement of this road, much of which is currently gravel and earth, will facilitate increased exports to Thailand of agricultural goods produced in the project area and increased tourism from Thailand to Louangphrabang. The Project comprises (i) improvement of 367 km of the project road from Ziang Ngeun (the junction with National Route 13 near Louangphrabang) to Nakha, construction of a bridge over the Mekong River on the project (if financing is available), and improvement of approximately 100 km of rural access roads in the project area; (ii) procurement of equipment for use in operating the border post at Kenthao, now under construction, and for enforcement of axle-load controls on the project road; (iii) consulting services for construction supervision and monitoring and evaluation as well as detailed design for the rural access roads; (iv) maintenance of the national road network by financing consulting services to continue the ongoing road safety assistance program; and (vi) a program to reduce the risks of HIV and sexually transmitted infections and human trafficking that may develop during the rehabilitation and operation of the project road.

Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

The project forms part of the GMS Northeastern Corridor.

Development Impact

Trade in the region and economic growth in the project area increase

Project Outcome

Description of Outcome
Transport on the regional and national road networks becomes more efficient
Progress Towards Outcome

Outputs and Implementation Progress

Description of Project Outputs
Route 4 and rural access roads upgraded
Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)
Civil works on all sections of Route 4 have been completed. Civil works for rural roads have been completed. Resettlement and compensation: Payment in cash and in-kind to affected persons completed in June 2011. Road maintenance works have been completed. Consulting services for HIV/AIDs/Human Trafficking Prevention and road safety component have been completed.
Status of Development Objectives
Status of Operation / Construction
Material Changes

Business Opportunities

Date of First Listing 2011 May 18
Consulting Services
For the ADB-financed or administered components of the Project, the Government will engage an international consulting firm supported by national consultants for construction supervision; quality assurance; environmental supervision and management; updating, implementation and monitoring of the resettlement plan; socio-economic impact assessment; and project performance monitoring. It is envisaged that 85 person-months of international consultants and 1,548 person-months of national consultants will be required. Expertise will be required in the areas of project management, highway engineering, hydrology and drainage engineering, procurement, quantity surveying, transport planning and economics, environmental management, resettlement planning, gender, social development and HIV/AIDS and trafficking awareness. Under the EDCF-funded components, a single package of consulting services will be engaged for the detailed design and construction supervision. An international consulting firm will be engaged through a separate contract for consulting services for the Road Safety Component. It is envisaged that about 12 person-months of internatinal consultants and 12 person-months of national consultants will be required. For the HIV/AIDS Awareness and Prevention of Human Trafficking Program, a national NGO will be recruited to strengthen the institutional capacity of the Provincial Committee for Control of AIDS, District Committees for Control of AIDS, and the Lao Women's Union and assist them with effective planning, implementation and monitoring.
The contract packages financed by ADB and OFID loans and the AusAID grant, will be procured in accordance with ADB's Procurement Guidelines. Procurement of civil works under the EDCF-funded component will be subject to EDCF procedures. Civil works contracts along the project road have been packaged into 5 contracts. The bridge over the the Mekong River, if included, in the Project, will be a separate contract package. The civil works contracts along the project road that will be financed by ADB, OFID, and AusAid will be procured using international competitive bidding (ICB) with prequalification and will be subject to prior review. The ICB contracts will include the design and engineering, and construction of the works. Smaller civil works contracts for rural access roads and periodic road maintenance subprojects partly or wholly financed by ADB and costing up to $1 million may follow national competitive bidding (NCB) procedures and will be subject to post review.
Procurement and Consulting Notices


Concept Clearance 25 Mar 2004
Fact-finding 12 Feb 2007 to 23 Feb 2007
Management Review Meeting 25 Apr 2007
Approval 27 Sep 2007


Approval No. Approval Signing Effectivity Closing
Original Revised Actual


Date Approval Number ADB (US$ thousand) Others (US$ thousand) Net Percentage
Cumulative Contract Awards
Cumulative Disbursements

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
Grant 0082 Satisfactory Satisfactory Satisfactory Satisfactory Satisfactory
Loan -
Grant 0082 Satisfactory Satisfactory Satisfactory Satisfactory Satisfactory
Loan 8241 Satisfactory Satisfactory Satisfactory Satisfactory Satisfactory

Contacts and Update Details

Responsible ADB Officer Mitsuhiro Yao (
Responsible ADB Department Southeast Asia Department
Responsible ADB Divisions Transport and Communications Division, SERD
Executing Agencies Ministry of Public Works and Transportation(MPWT)
Mr. Laokham Sompeth


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