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LESSONS:

Ho Chi Minh City-Long Thanh-Dau Giay Expressway Technical Assistance Project

sector: Transport | country: Viet Nam, Socialist Republic of

The local governments and parties concerned should have streamlined their decision- making process in a timely manner to avoid delays.

In order to avoid delays, the project should have been planned more carefully. If so, there may not have been a need to change the scope during the project implementation.

International consulting firms should have obtained ample information on potential difficulties in setting up the project office and other legal requirements on such issues. They should also have been informed in advance that unless they register the project office with local authorities, the executing agency will be unable to make payments.

International consulting firms should have been made aware of the appraisal and approval procedures for the design documents, particularly when appraisal is carried out by a third party. It can be a time-consuming process, thus delaying payments to the design consultants. It is advisable to start procurement of an appraisal consultant (if required) early so that he or she is ready to be recruited as soon as the design work has started.

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