An innovative project is improving the safety and efficiency of domestic maritime services, spurring rural development in Solomon Islands, and shaping up to be a model for similar projects in the Pacific region.
Hudson Wakio, managing director of Advanced Technologies, which sells computers, printers, photocopiers, and office supplies, is expanding his business. When he recently applied for a loan from local lender Credit Corporation for a delivery truck, to his surprise, approval took place far faster than he had ever imagined.
"I thought loan approval would take months; instead it only took 1 day. Within an hour the forms were processed, and by the end of the day I had the truck. I couldn't believe it," says Wakio.
ADB and its development partners discuss their joint response to restoring roads and bridges in the Solomon Islands through the eyes of the almost complete Post Conflict Emergency Rehabilitation Project.
This Pilot and Demonstration Activities (PDA) developed an innovative education/learning process to increase community and youth participation, mobilization for sustainable water management, and poverty reduction.