CDIA and Lao Government Forge Partnership to Develop Infrastructure Projects in Select Cities

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CDIA recently signed an agreement with the Ministry of Public Works and Transport (MPWT) of Lao People’s Democratic Republic to work together to address urgent development needs in the cities of Pakse, Luang Prabang and Kaysone Phomvihane.

Khanthavy Thaiphachanh, Director General of the Department of Housing and Urban Planning of MPWT signed the agreement with Lara Arjan, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) Project Officer responsible for CDIA. Chee Anne Roňo, Urban Development Specialist of CDIA, represented Lara Arjan during the signing ceremony.

The agreement stipulates the conduct of a project preparation study (PPS) that will identify and prepare to pre-feasibility level, priority infrastructure projects to support ‘livable cities’ aspirations in the new ‘elevated’ cities of Lao PDR. It will include outline financial/economic analysis and safeguards due diligence for the identified priority infrastructure projects across the three cities.

The PPS is the first step towards the preparation of an investment loan under the ADB Livable Cities Investment Program. The specific sectoral focus of CDIA will be solid waste management, wastewater management and urban regeneration/’streetlife’ improvements.

Under the signed TA, CDIA will provide the overall management of the PPS including the supervision of the international and national consultants that are working in-country. MPWT on the other hand will provide suitable counterpart contributions such as liaison staff, office accommodation for the consulting team, office utilities, workshop support as well as base maps and data.

Following the signing of the agreement, the PPS experts in Lao PDR have been mobilized under the guidance of Chee Anne Roňo. The team is currently undertaking rapid assessment and project prioritization, stakeholder consultations and the preparation of capacity building and institutional development roadmaps.

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