41656-012: Lao People's Democratic Republic: Northern Greater Mekong Subregion Transport Network Improvement Project

Project Data Sheet (PDS): Details

Description

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.

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

Implementation Progress

Description of Project Outputs

Route 4 and rural access roads upgraded

Status of Operation/Construction or Implementation Progress

Civil works on 4 of 5 sections of Route 4 are completed. Only the cofinanced section still has remaining work. Civil works for rural roads are completed. Resettlement and compensation: Payment in cash and in-kind to affected persons completed in June 2011. Road maintenance works are completed. Consulting services for HIV/AIDs/Human Trafficking Prevention and road safety component are completed.

Status of Covenants

Category Rating
Grant 0082
Sector Satisfactory
Social Satisfactory
Financial Satisfactory
Economic
Others Satisfactory
Safe Satisfactory
Project Financial Statements
Loan 8241
Sector Satisfactory
Social Satisfactory
Financial Satisfactory
Economic
Others Satisfactory
Safe Satisfactory
Project Financial Statements

 

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