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PRESS RELEASE

World Bank Supports More Efficient Transport in Northern Vietnam

December 12, 2013

WASHINGTON, December 12, 2013 - The World Bank Board of Executive Directors today approved a credit of US$250 million to improve the efficiency and sustainability of road asset management and maintenance practices in Vietnam.

The Project will help develop a Road Asset Management System, advancing the reform agenda with increased usage of performance-based contracts, and support the performance of the Road Maintenance Fund. It is anticipated that successful implementation of the VRAMP will lead to a more effective road preservation strategy, more optimal road asset management, and the efficient programming of road network operations.

The project will directly benefit road users in 13 provinces in northern Vietnam. Improvement and preventive maintenance of roads will help reduce vehicle operating costs, travel times, and road accidents due to improved road safety features. It will improve critical links in the national highway network and increase efficiency of public expenditure on road asset management by targeting funding to sections of the highway network that are most in need.

The funding to support the Vietnam Road Asset Management Project (VRAMP) comes from the International Development Association, the World Bank Group’s funding resource for low- income countries.

Media Contacts
In Hanoi

Nguyen Hong Ngan
tel : 84-4-39346600 ext. 234

In Washington

Chisako Fukuda
tel : (1-202) 473-9424

PRESS RELEASE NO:
2014/251/EAP