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Project Name Guizhou Qianxinan Rural Roads Improvement Program
Country  The People’s Republic of China
Sector Transport
Concept Approval Date 22 February 2022
Total Project Cost RMB 1.51 billion (USD 235 million equivalent)
Proposed Loan Amount USD 200 million
Borrower The People’s Republic of China
Project Entity The People’s Government of Guizhou Province (Executing Agency)

The People’s Government of Qianxinan Prefecture (Implementing Agency)

Project Context Guizhou is a landlocked province in the southwest region of China. Qianxinan is a multi-ethnic autonomous prefecture within Guizhou which is relatively under-developed. Qinglong, Zhenfeng, Ceheng, and Wangmo are four counties in Qianxinan that have been recently removed from the list of national poverty-stricken counties and are striving to consolidate the achievement of overcoming poverty. The key factors contributing to social and economic development constraints for the four counties include: (i) difficult topographic conditions as more than half of the area is mountainous, which makes for arduous and costly road construction; (ii) limited financing at the local level to support road construction and maintenance, and; (iii) low level of urbanization combined with slow secondary and tertiary industrial development.
Project Objective The Program focuses on connectivity and accessibility of rural roads, which are crucial for improving socioeconomic conditions of the four counties.
Project Description The Program comprises the following key components:

  1. i) Upgrade of 400 km of existing rural roads through paving and redesign, and;
  2. ii) Capacity building through staff training, project management consulting, developing rural road management module, and organizing road safety campaign.