Agriculture Competitiveness Project (WB-P161473)

  • Laos
Geographic location where the impacts of the investment may be experienced.
Specific Location
National-wide. Agriculture sector
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Financial Institutions
  • World Bank (WB)
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Project Status
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Bank Risk Rating
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Voting Date
Apr 26, 2018
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.
Lao People's Democratic Republic
A public entity (government or state-owned) provided with funds or financial support to manage and/or implement a project.
  • Agriculture and Forestry
  • Climate and Environment
  • Industry and Trade
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Investment Type(s)
The categories of the bank investment: loan, grant, guarantee, technical assistance, advisory services, equity and fund.
Investment Amount (USD)
$ 25.00 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)
$ 29.30 million
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Bank Documents
Primary Source

Original disclosure @ WB website

Updated in EWS Oct 8, 2019

Disclosed by Bank Apr 4, 2017

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Project Description
If provided by the financial institution, the Early Warning System Team writes a short summary describing the purported development objective of the project and project components. Review the complete project documentation for a detailed description.

The development objective of Agriculture Competitiveness Project is to increase the competitiveness of selected agricultural value chains in the project areas.

There are 4 components:

1) Improved Agricultural Efficiency and Sustainability aims to improve quality and diversity of seed.

2) Enhanced Agricultural Commercialization aims to support (a) the establishment of an Agricultural Value Chain Facility (AVCF); (b) measures to better link farmers to markets; and (c) studies to improve the enabling environment for agro-enterprise and value chain development.

3) Project Management aims to support the project management and project monitoring and evaluation (M&E).

4) Contingent Emergency Response aims to finance public and private sector expenditures on a positive list of goods and/or specific works, goods, services, and emergency operation costs required for emergency recovery

Early Warning System Project Analysis
For a project with severe or irreversible impacts to local community and natural resources, the Early Warning System Team may conduct a thorough analysis regarding its potential impacts to human and environmental rights.

Even though the project risk is ranked as B Category, there are several important safeguard policies that being triggered as:

Physical Cultural Resources OP/BP 4.11

Indigenous Peoples OP/BP 4.10

Involuntary Resettlement OP/BP 4.12

Safety of Dams OP/BP 4.37, and

Projects on International Waterways OP/BP 7.50

"This policy is triggered. The project involves the rehabilitation of irrigation systems located in tributaries which are part of the Mekong River basin. At the request of the GOL (Government of Lao PDR), the World Bank sent a notification letter on behalf of the GOL on December 14, 2017, informing riparian countries including China, Myanmar, Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam of the proposed The World Bank Agriculture Competitiveness Project (P161473) project. On February 22, 2018, China issued its no objection letter to the proposed project while there have been no responses by the other riparian countries to the notification letters so far. In the World Bank’s assessment, the proposed investments would not adversely affect the flow, quantity, and quality of the Mekong River’s waters”.

Investment Description
Here you can find a list of individual development financial institutions that finance the project.

Financing Source Amount
Borrowing Agency                                 US$  0.50
IDA-62050                                           US$ 25.00
Local Sources of Borrowing Country        US$  3.80
Total                                                    US$ 29.30

Contact Information
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I.World Bank Consultant Team
Binh Thang Cao
Sr Agricultural Spec.
Konesawang Nghardsaysone: Economist

Lao People's Democratic Republic
Name: Phouang Parisak Pravongviengkham
Title: Vice Minister - Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry

III.Implementing Agencies
Department of Planning and Finance
Name: Xaypladeth Choulamany
Title: Director - Department of Planning and Cooperation

The World Bank
1818 H Street, NW
Washington, D.C. 20433
Telephone: (202) 473-1000


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