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Thailand Highways Management Project

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Introduction

SM 73.61- Managing Public and Development Projects Instructor - Dr. Do Ba Khang FINAL PROJECT REPORT Thailand Highways Management Project (P075173) Group 3 1. Praphop Anantakoon St101942 2. Lam Quynh Tho St102016 3. Phan Thanh Nga St102056 4. Trinh Thi Kim Phuong St102015 5. Nguyen Thuy Hang St102062 6. Probal Dutta St101941 SOM, May 2005 TABLE OF CONTENT I - INTRODUCTION: 3 1.The rationale of the study 3 2.The Project Background 3 2.1. The Project Information: 3 2.2. The Project Organization: 3 II - THE PROJECT DESCRIPTION 4 1. The Project Logframe 4 2.The Project Work Breakdown Structure 8 3.The Project Cost Estimation 9 4.The Project Planning and Scheduling 10 5.The Project Key Stakeholders Description 12 III- PROJECT PROBLEM AND RISK ANALYSES 17 1.Project Problem Analysis 17 2.The Project Risk Analysis 20 IV- LESSONS LEARNT 21 1.Ownership and Commitment 21 2.Cross-sector Issues and Conflicts of Interest 22 3.Budget Allocation, Adequate Staffing and Procurement Procedures 22 4.Support from World Bank Field Office 22 REFERENCE 23 I - INTRODUCTION: 1.The rationale of the study Projects are becoming more and more popular and favoured by development assistant agencies worldwide because of its advantages. Although they promise many advantages it is not always those are realized in the real world, in other words, there are many difficulties and challenges when dealing with a project. By examining this project, Highways Management Project, we want to gain practical experience and useful lessons regarding the project management issues. With this study objective, firstly, we took a focus on examining the project process to have an inside view on the current problems and risks of the project; and secondly, from the previous step, we try to withdraw some practical lessons those will contribute to our knowledge on project management field. 2.The Project Background 2.1. The Project Information: The Thailand Highways Management Project (coded as P075173) is a big project covering three sectors, i.e., road and highways (80%), sub-national government administration (20%), throughout the northern areas of Thailand. ...read more.

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cost -Reduce transport cost, travel time, road accidents & loss of property & life -Aim at greater effectiveness & transparency in planning, implementing, and monitoring investments; especially strengthening the operations of DOH -Decide the success/ failure of the project through its commitments, policies, regulations, investments, etc. -Coordinate & cooperate with World Bank to decide the core issues regarding the project as well as coordinate the related government agencies in implementing it -Allocate the financial resources to the project periodically -Evaluate the stages of the project -Ask for clear and specific authorization, commitments, policies, goals, objectives, evaluation criteria, etc. Supporting units in the implementing agency Ministry of Finance (MOF) -Efficiency and effectiveness of allocating and using financial resources -Collaborate with DOH and BOB in design the project -Allocate periodically the financial resources to the project -Close and clear collaboration -Provide appropriately required documents for supervising & auditing Bureau of budget (BOB) -How the financial resources will be used -Whether the project will be implemented strictly followed the schedule so that it can allocate in accordance with its financial schedule -The BOB has indicated its commitment to finance maintenance expenditures that have been derived using appropriate planning and evaluation methods and based on a more accurate road database (one of the objectives under the project). -Involve in project design stage -Answer its requirements to be financed - Establish good collaboration External stakeholders Target beneficiaries -Users of the national highways and trunk roads, including those involved in regional and international trade; cities and towns directly served by the project roads, especially in the economically weaker Northeastern region -Reduce cost & time of transportation -Road safety -Good quality of construction and maintaining the road -Benefits gained from the improvement of the highways network: increase of business opportunities, reduction of production costs, etc. -Affect the success of the project -Encourage/discourage the implementation of the project through their participation -Maintain & develop further the results of the project -Introduce training programs as well as propaganda campaigns regarding the detailed programs of the project such as Road Safety Program, Highway Rehabilitation and Maintenance Program, etc. ...read more.

Conclusion

There are the problems of inadequate operating budgets, insufficient numbers of qualified staff, and differences between national and Bank procurement regulations that undermining the smooth implementation of the projects. It is proposed that the outsourcing of operations, the appointment of a Government project preparation team will ease the hardship of this implementation hurdles. Furthermore, the early resolution of potential procurement differences will help to ensure expeditious project implementation. 4.Support from World Bank Field Office The World Bank field office has played a significant role in improving the coordination with and performance of executing agencies, especially in the area of procurement. Normally, the World Bank tends to leave the procurement guideline for the executing agency as a reference without providing any further assistance. It is recommended for the World Band and DOH to jointly provide the procurement training for DOH local staffs and, also set up a Procurement Hotline Center to assist the procurement process. This procurement familiarization program should be continued under the new project as well. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~ End ~~~~~~~~~~~~~ REFERENCE 1. World Bank (2003), PROJECT APPRAISAL DOCUMENTS, HIGHWAYS MANAGEMENT PROJECT, at http://www-wds.worldbank.org/servlet/WDSContentServer/WDSP/IB/2003/11/19/000160016_20031119115423/Rendered/PDF/245250TH.pdf 2. Interview with Khun Teerasak Mongkolpod, Director of Project Loan Operation Bureua, Public Debt Management Office, Ministry of Finance, Royal Thai Government 3. Hand-outs/slides of Sm73.61_Managing Public and Development Project, Dr. Do Ba Khang, SOM, AIT 4. Clifford F.Gray & Erik W. Larson, Project Management - The Managerial Process, Mc Graw Hill, 2003 1 The reforms separates the entity of Ministry of Transports and Communications to be Ministry of Transport and Ministry of Information, Communication, and Technology. 2 About 300 km per contract in the Central, Northeastern, and Southern regions. 3 Asian Free Trade Agreement 4 Greater Mekhong Regions: Thailand, Loas, Vietnam, Mynmar, Comboida, and Yunan region of China 5 Transport Research Laboratory (U.K.) did the study based on the figure of year 1996 indicating that 20,000 people die and over 100,000 are injured annually in road accidents in Thailand ?? ?? ?? ?? 1 ...read more.

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