Data Collection Survey on Nationwide Road and Bridge Priority Projects

One of the Myanmar’s priority tasks for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is to develop the rural roads contributing to reducing poverty in the region and reducing economic inequality. The Government of Myanmar has received several assistance from international donor agencies to promote the development of rural roads and bridges. In 2013, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) provided loan assistance in the “Poverty Reduction Rural Development Project (Phase I)”, and from 2017, further support has been provided for the development of Rural Road bridges through the “Poverty Reduction Rural Development Project (Phase II)”. The Asian Development Bank (ADB), the World Bank (WB), KfW, UK Aid and other donor agencies have provided similar supports. In order to boost the rural road development efficiently, the National Strategy for Rural Roads and Access was formulated in 2017 by Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation (MoALI) as a guide of rural road development, which targets that 80% of villages will have access to all-season roads by 2030.

The purpose of this Survey is to collect, analyze and examine information on rural roads and bridges in the whole nation of Myanmar for examining how Japanese ODA can support road sector development in the country in terms of reduction of poverty and regional economic inequality, and prevention or mitigation of natural disasters, which will contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals.