Laos – Greater Mekong Subregion East-West Economic Corridor Agriculture Infrastructure Sector Project


Region: Asia - Southeast Asia
Country: Laos
Location within Country: Two southern provinces of Savannakhet and Saravane
Client: Government of the Lao People’s Democratic Republic
Funding Source: Asian Development Bank (ADB)
Date: November 2015 - December 2016
Category: Agriculture Development
Service: Project Management
Brief Narrative Description of Project:

The project aimed to regenerate and upgrade existing but underdeveloped or outdated agriculture infrastructures in the two target provinces over a period of eight years. The proposed project is consistent with the government’s sector development objectives as presented in its Seventh National Socio-Economic Development Plan (2011-2015), Strategy for Agricultural Development to 2020, Agricultural Master Plan 2011-2015, which promotes the expansion of market-oriented agricultural production in an environmentally-sensitive manner. It will be a key component in the government’s new Southern Rural Development Program (SRDP), which is currently under formulation with the support of IFAD.


Description of Actual Services Provided in this Assignment:

The consultant’s scope of work involved the following tasks:

a) Irrigation Engineer 2

– Establish the Quality Assurance Regime for the irrigation sub-projects;

– Prepare construction supervision quality control guidelines to be followed by the national consultants appointed to carry out this task;

– Carry out field inspections of the project sites including interviews with intended farmers beneficiaries and officials/member of WUAs/WUGs;

– Undertake the necessary technical surveys to allow the preparation of the layout and technical design of proposed subproject works;

– Ensure that canal design is appropriate given the characteristics of the command area and cropping alternatives;

– Prepare technical designs of the sub-projects to feasibility study level and prepare costs to a level to allow economic and financial due diligence to be undertaken;

– During the design phase pay special attention to minimizing any disturbance to the natural environmental and mitigating corrective measures and appropriate;

– Audit the design for safety and provide guidance according to mitigate any potential hazards;

– Review the first years’ operations of each sub-project in order to identify and correct and design or construction deficiency and ensure that operation and maintenance (O&M) activities are being undertaken as planned and required.




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