Second Greater Mekong Subregion Corridor Towns Development Project (Loan 3315 - Lao PDR)


Project 46443-003
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Type Loan
Sector Water and Other Urban Infrastructure and Services
Country Lao PDR
Start 2015
End 2022
Status Ongoing
Last Edited 05 Jul 2021


US$('000) 42,000

Project Description

The Second Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) Corridor Towns Development Project (the project) represents the second phase of the ongoing GMS Corridor Towns Development Project in Cambodia, Lao PDR and Viet Nam. It supports the first four strategic thrusts of the GMS Strategic Framework 2012 2022 namely (i) strengthening infrastructure linkages; (ii) facilitating cross-border trade, investment, and tourism; (iii) enhancing private sector participation and competitiveness; and (iv) developing human resources. The focus on corridor town development follows an approach that will maximize the economic benefits of increased trade and traffic flows along the major transport corridors in the GMS with the expected positive impacts resulting from accelerated investments in strategically located towns and cities, and added value on economic growth through development oriented on green growth and climate resilience. The objective is to strengthen competitiveness of the GMS economic corridors through environmental infrastructure.

Progress (as of March 2021)

Ongoing. Topographic surveys and geotechnical investigations have been completed as well as detailed engineering design. All contracts have been awarded with the exception of two new packages (additional roads and drainage for both Luang Namtha and Ecopark Phase 2 in Houayxay. ADB and the government have agreed to extend the project by 18 months to allow full utilization of proceeds and completion of all works. Request for such extension is currently being processed.


Contact 1
Contact Name Thu, Kyaw
Organization Asian Development Bank
Contact 2
Contact Name -
Organization -
Email -

News and Multimedia

  • By 2021, 35.9 km of roads built or upgraded (including drainage improvements) for improved mobility, safety, and reduced travel time in Houayxay and Luang Namtha.
  • 24,175 people serviced by solid waste collection in the two towns
  • 10,600 people with enhanced protection from flooding due to improved flood management for 640 hectares of land in both towns
  • 7,645 women in Houayxay and 6,620 in Luang Namtha benefit from improved urban infrastructure
  • Annual number of trips by big boats (passengers and freight) in Houayxay increases by 33% to 2,000 (2015 baseline: 1,460 trips).