Under an agreement signed by ADB and the Ministry of Finance Tuesday, the loan will be used to upgrade of 198 kilometers of roads that connect several towns and districts in northwestern provinces of Lai Chau, Lao Cai and Yen Bai with the Noi Bai – Lao Cai Expressway.

The 265-kilometer expressway is part of the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) Kunming-Hai Phong Transport Corridor that connects Hanoi with northern localities in Vietnam and Yunnan Province in China.

Some of the road upgrades will create economic opportunities for some of the poorest people in the project area, the bank said.

“The project aims to expand the benefits of the GMS corridors to the northwestern provinces,” said Eric Sidgwick, ADB country director for Vietnam.

“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.

Retail News Asia - March 7, 2019