Accordingly, the bank (ADB) will lend $188 million to the $237 million project, with $43.8 million funded by Vietnam’s government budget and the remaining being a grant of the Australian Government.
The project will build and upgrade 198km of roads that connect several towns and districts in the provinces of Lai Chau, Lao Cai and Yen Bai with Noi Bai-Lao Cai Expressway.
The expressway is part of the Greater Mekong Subregion Kunming-Haiphong Transport Corridor that links the Hanoi region with the north of Vietnam and with China’s Yunnan province.
“The project aims to expand the benefits of the GMS corridors to the northwestern provinces,” said ADB Country Director for Vietnam Eric Sidgwick.
“The improved connectivity will not only boost border trade, private investment and job creation in the region, but also provide better access to basic social services, such as education, health care, job training and emergency disaster relief for the people of the northwestern provinces, especially the poor ethnic minorities,” he added.
The project is scheduled to be completed in 2024.