Lao PDR: National Road 13 South Extension Improvement and Maintenance Project (AIIB-000618)

  • Laos
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  • Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB)
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Lao People's Democratic Republic, Angkhansada Mouangkham
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  • Transport
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Investment Amount (USD)
$ 40.00 million
Value listed on project documents at time of disclosure. If necessary, this amount is converted to USD ($) on the date of disclosure. Please review updated project documents for more information.
Loan Amount (USD)
$ 40.00 million
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Project Cost (USD)
$ 72.00 million
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Primary Source

Original disclosure @ AIIB website

Updated in EWS May 9, 2023

Disclosed by Bank Feb 15, 2023

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Project Description
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As stated by the AIIB, the general objective of the project is to enhance domestic and international connectivity by improving the road condition, safety, and climate resilience of critical sections of the National Road 13.

The proposed project will support the improvement, rehabilitation and maintenance of 50 kilometers (km) of the most critical section of the National Road 13. It comprises upgrading of 20 km of the road from two to four lanes and rehabilitating of 30 km of the existing two-lane road.
The road improvement and maintenance will be carried out through a 10-year Output- and Performance-Based Road Contract (OPBRC) under the Design, Build, Maintain, Operate, and Transfer method for achieving sustainable and cost-effective road asset management.
The proposed project will also support capacity-building activities to strengthen MPWT staff's capacity in road asset management, including designing and implementing OPBRCs, and in road safety and climate resilience practices.

AIIB has participated in NR13N (KM12-KM70) and NR13S Section 3 (KM190-KM268) financing. When all AIIB financed civil works are completed, the proposed project, located in the middle of the NR13N and NR13S, will become a bottleneck due to a lack of significant design and capacity improvements, consequently adversely impacting the social benefit of two ongoing projects. Also, this 50-km section is crucial to obtain improved travel conditions all along the NR13 and provide improved regional connectivity and further development in Lao PDR.

Investment Description
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The Abu Dhabi Fund for Development will contribute to the project with US$ 20 million.
The Government of Lao PDR will contribute to the project with US$ 12 million.

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Project Team Leaders:

- For the AIIB:

Wenyu Gu - Senior Investment Operation Specialist-Transport

- For the Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (ADFD):

Zainab Al Dhanhani - Engineer

Borrower - Ministry of Finance:

Angkhansada Mouangkham - Deputy Director General, External Finance Department

Implementing Agency - Ministry of Public Works and Transport:

Litta Kattiya - Director General, Department of Road


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