Mekong Business Initiative (MBI) (ADB-48270-001)

  • East Asia and Pacific
Geographic location where the impacts of the investment may be experienced.
  • Cambodia
  • Laos
  • Myanmar
  • Vietnam
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Financial Institutions
  • Asian Development Bank (ADB)
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Project Status
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Bank Risk Rating
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Voting Date
Dec 3, 2014
Date when project documentation and funding is reviewed by the Board for consideration and approval. Some development banks will state a "board date" or "decision date." When funding approval is obtained, the legal documents are accepted and signed, the implementation phase begins.
Cambodia Lao People's Democratic Republic Myanmar Viet Nam
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  • Law and Government
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Investment Type(s)
Advisory Services
The categories of the bank investment: loan, grant, guarantee, technical assistance, advisory services, equity and fund.
Investment Amount (USD)
$ 1.00 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.
Project Cost (USD)
$ 12.30 million
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Primary Source

Original disclosure @ ADB website

Updated in EWS Jul 10, 2020

Disclosed by Bank Mar 31, 2015

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Project Description
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According to the bank document, the Mekong Business Initiative (MBI) is an advisory and advocacy facility which promotes private sector development (PSD) in the Greater Mekong Sub-region (GMS) region, with a focus on Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, and Viet Nam (CLMV).

The MBI objective of promoting business environment reforms in CLMV aligns to the Asian Development Bank (ADB) Strategy 2020 strategic focus on PSD, as well as the GMS Economic Cooperation Program Strategic Framework 2012- 2022 in recognition of the critical role of the private sector as an engine of GMS development.

A key feature of MBI is that it will be demand driven, can respond quickly to requests from CLMV, and provide ongoing support to implement the reforms and achieve tangible results. MBI aims to take novel approaches to PSD in the region; inevitably some of the initiatives that it undertakes will be experimental. Even if initiatives are based on sound analytical work and monitored closely, some unsuccessful reform efforts are inevitable because of their inherent complexity.

Accordingly, the MBI has adopted an M&E; a framework that allows for close monitoring of projects to limit cost of stalled projects, allow for strategic exits and provide a framework for learning for the future. MBI also engages and transfers knowledge from ASEAN economies outside of CLMV, as well as global best practices.


Investment Description
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Government of Australia (co-financing) US$ 11.30 million



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Responsible ADB Officer Mellor, Dominic P.

Responsible ADB Department Southeast Asia Department

Responsible ADB Division Viet Nam Resident Mission

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Asian Development Bank
6 ADB Avenue,
Mandaluyong City 1550, Philippines


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