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ADB Supports Transport Upgrade in Vietnam’s Mountainous Northwest

Posted: Monday, December 17, 2018

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved a US$188 million loan to improve and upgrade 198 kilometres of roads in Vietnam’s mountainous northwest region, which has the highest poverty rate in the country. The northwest region includes the provinces of Dien Bien, Hoa Binh, Lai Chau, Lao Cai, Son La, and Yen Bai.

The improved roads, which will connect several remote areas of the region to the Noi Bai-Lao Cai Expressway, will boost the area’s trade with two neighbouring countries, Laos and China. With climate-resilient features such as slope protection in areas prone to landslides and rockfalls, the project will provide the area’s population with reliable access to basic social services, such as education, health care, job training, and emergency disaster relief.

The project aims to help the region overcome those difficulties by ensuring high standards for road construction and addressing the risks posed by climate change. It will also run an awareness campaign for road safety to help the residents in these disadvantaged areas deal with increased traffic speed and volume on the expressway.


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