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It was in 2009 when CDIA first came to the City of Pakse in Lao People’s Democratic Republic (PDR) to support them in their vision to become a Green City. CDIA’s technical assistance was officially linked to financing in 2012 under Asian Development Bank’s Pakse Urban Environmental Infrastructure Urban Project (PUEIP) for a total of USD 15.9 million (in loan) and USD 3.25 million (in grant).
Ten years after in May 2019, CDIA re-engaged with key officials in Pakse. This time to help the city enhance its livability.
“We came to Pakse for a project scoping mission, and we were expecting to reintroduce CDIA to our government counterparts. To our surprise, they still remember CDIA very well, and in fact, they gave a presentation of what CDIA is, and how we worked together before to prepare their infrastructure projects” said Neil Chadder, CDIA’s Program Manager.
CDIA’s first assistance to the city was focused on urban environmental infrastructure improvement, which consisted of rapid green infrastructure assessment and medium term prioritized infrastructure program. It likewise conducted pre-feasibility studies (PFS) on drainage and riverbank protection, as well as solid waste management projects. CDIA further sought to link the above-mentioned studies with potential investors for financing.
To date, many of the project components adopted from the PFS recommendations have either been implemented or in progress. When fully completed, they are expected to benefit at least 125,000 residents in terms of increased quality, reliability and coverage of urban infrastructure and environmental improvements in the greater Pakse urban area. Among the tangible benefits to residents include improved solid waste management system and reduced flood damages.
CDIA is once again coordinating with Pakse for a project preparation study (PPS) to support ADB’s Livable Cities Program in Lao PDR which also include other cities like Savannakhet (Kaysone Phomvihane) and Luang Prabang.
In a recent project scoping mission where the CDIA team held consultation meetings and site visits, a number of sub-projects were put forward as preliminary ideas for the future investment loan from ADB. Solid waste management, wastewater management, and urban renewal/development are the key priority sectors identified for CDIA technical support across the three cities.
“Specific to solid waste management, CDIA will aim to build on the previous interventions from the ongoing ADB PUEIP. We expect to mobilize a team of urban specialists in the 4th Quarter of 2019 that will first conduct a holistic sector review to identify implementation gaps that will then serve as the basis for the next infrastructure investment loan focused on livable cities,” advised Chee Anne Rono, CDIA’s Urban Development Specialist who will manage the technical team for the PPS.
CDIA’s scoping mission in Pakse marked the first phase of a three-year project preparation period leading up to an ADB investment loan for Lao PDR. CDIA will conduct the general scoping and mapping of priority areas and later on, ADB’s Southeast Asia Urban Facility (SURF) Technical Assistance will carry out the detailed project preparation leading to the investment loan.
Click here for related story: CDIA to Help Shape ADB’s Livable Cities Investment Program in Lao PDR
Photo above was taken at the recent CDIA-ADB scoping mission.
Photos below show the progress of the PUEIP implementation. Photos by: Pakse Municipal Government
Sanitary landfill improvement
Xedon riverbank protection works