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Viet Nam: Ho Chi Minh City-Long Thanh-DauGiay Expressway Technical Assistance Project

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

The project completion report (PCR) identified a few important lessons from the project, including the need to streamline the decision-making process for stakeholders. International consulting firms should also be aware of appraisal and approval procedures for the design documents. This validation notes that the rationale for separating the contract for detailed design (for the technical assistance/TA loan) and project supervision (for the project) was not well considered and resulted in project implementation delays. The additional layer of an appraisal consultant to evaluate the detailed design added to project preparation time. The benefit of such an arrangement was not proven, as the project supervision consultant may still need to revise designs to resolve on-site issues. ADB could consider the practice of one detailed design and project supervision consultant for a project and reevaluate the need for a separate appraisal consultant.

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