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Greater Mekong Subregion: Mekong Tourism Development Project (Cambodia, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, and Viet Nam)

sector: Industry and Trade | country: | region: Greater Mekong Subregion

The project completion report (PCR) cited and this validation agrees that project readiness could have been improved by enhancing the capacity of executing and implementing agencies in ADB procurement and financial procedures. Given the regular government system that staff was used to, confusion occurred with the concurrent addition of another procedure. While ADB provided capacity building, there should be more hands-on intervention with on-site coaching during the early stages of project implementation. In the case of Viet Nam, the executing agencies were the two provincial people’s committees, which were not familiar with and had no experience in implementing ADB projects. The situation worsened when they were subsequently given responsibility for implementing part B, which led to problems in coordinating consultant inputs.

The pre-feasibility study that prepared the project design and appraised the viability of the subprojects had quality issues, given that two airport projects in Cambodia were cancelled due to poor market viability, the airport project in the Lao PDR had to be redesigned due to the need to expand scope, the site for the wastewater treatment plant (WWTP) in Siem Reap was not firmed up and substantial time was wasted looking for an alternative site, and others. These suggested that the governments and ADB should conduct a more detailed review of the studies to confirm soundness of assumptions and results.

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