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Technical Training in Project Appraisal for the Lower Mekong Basin

28 November 2016

To address shortcomings of expertise in screening and approving projects that was raised by different ministries in the Lower Mekong countries, the Lower Mekong Public Policy Initiative (LMPPI) pioneered a first technical training program in project appraisal to address the needs. Thirty-eight participants were selected from 362 applications from all member countries of the Lower Mekong Basin (LMB) including Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, and Vietnam, among whom there were 11 women. Most participants were coming from mid to high-level local and central government offices with responsibilities in project appraisal, university lecturers, operators of major projects, including a hydropower plant in Lao PDR and a Ca Mau fertilizer plant in Vietnam. The two-week intensive program introduced participants to the principles and practical applications of project appraisal, financial modeling techniques, and financing options to provide incentives to private investors while lessening the impact on government budgets facing all LMB countries. The course also highlighted environmental impact assessment as a key component of project appraisal. Participants discussed large-scale hydropower projects in Lao PDR whose local and transboundary environmental impacts have been a point of contention in the country, as well as between countries in the region. After completing the course, participants are expected to be able to apply the skills and knowledge to improve the project appraisal process in their work.

Syllabus

Cost and benefit

Enviromental impact assessment

Guest lectures