GMS-LAO: Northern GMS Transport Network Improvement (Loan)


Project 41656-012
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Type Loan
Sector Transport
Country Lao PDR
Start 2008
End 2014
Status Closed
Last Edited 05 Jul 2021


US$('000) 11,000
Confinancing Source: OPEC Fund ($11M)

Project 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.

Progress (as of March 2021)

Project closed


Contact 1
Contact Name Alam, Munawar
Organization Asian Development Bank
Contact 2
Contact Name -
Organization -
Email -

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