East-West Economic Corridor (Loan - Viet Nam)


Project 32105-013
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Type Loan
Sector Transport
Country Viet Nam
Start 1999
End 2007
Status Closed
Last Edited 05 Jul 2021


US$('000) 97,000

Project Description

The Project is part of the larger East-West Transport Corridor Project, which includes components in Thailand, Lao PDR and Viet Nam. The objective of the larger project is to create a road transport corridor linking north-east Thailand through Lao PDR to Da Nang Port in Viet Nam. The scope of the proposed Bank-financed Project is assisting the Government with upgrading and improving Road 9 between Lao Bao at the border with Lao PDR and Dong Ha on Highway 1 (about 83km) including upgrading of the Dong Ha Bypass.

Progress (as of March 2021)

Project closed


Contact 1
Contact Name Mr. Nguyen Ngoc Tran
Organization Ministry of Transport
Email bqlda85@vnn.vn
Contact 2
Contact Name -
Organization -
Email -

News and Multimedia

  • Nonphysical barriers to the movement of goods and people across borders and 150% increase in cross-border passenger movements since 2000. Lively duty-free shopping centre established at the border on the Viet Nam side, where imported goods from a wide variety of countries are available cheaply to Vietnamese shoppers. Increased foreign investment in the project corridor, attributable to road improvement and Second Friendship Bridge (opened Jan 2007).
  • Increased rural incomes and employment opportunities for 346,000 people in the project influence area.
  • 23 industrial units are operating in industrial estates at Lao Bao (border area) and Dong Ha, and more estates are planned. The improved road and international access are cited as the main reasons.
  • 385% increase in traffic volume at Khe Sanh and lesser increase at Cam Lo and travel times reportedly reduced by 25%.
  • Of 16 bus routes 8 are new and frequency of most others has increased. Social survey reveals perception of significantly improved access.
  • Numbers of accidents, injuries and deaths reduced by about 60% between 2002 and 2006 with further reduction in first 6 months of 2007.