Project Data Sheet

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PDS Creation Date 15 Nov 2006
PDS Updated as of 06 Sep 2011

Project Name Maritime Training Project (supplementary loan)
Country Tuvalu
Project/Program Number 32407-023
Status Approved
Geographical Location Amatuku Islet, Funafuti atoll, Tuvalu
In preparing any country program or strategy, financing any project, or by making any designation of, or reference to, a particular territory or geographic area in this document, the Asian Development Bank does not intend to make any judgments as to the legal or other status of any territory or area.
Sector and/or Subsector Classification Education
/ Technical Education and Vocational Skills Training
Strategic Agendas
Drivers of Change
Gender Mainstreaming Categories

Financing

Type/Modality of Assistance Approval Number Source of Funding Approved Amount (thousand)
Loan2088Asian Development Fund1,970
Counterpart 50
TOTAL US$ 2,020

Safeguard Categories

For more information about the safeguard categories, please see http://www.adb.org/site/safeguards/safeguard-categories

Environment B

Summary of Environmental and Social Issues

The initial environmental examination (IEE) was completed in September 2001 as part of the project preparatory TA. The IEE was prepared in accordance with ADB s Environmental Assessment Requirements. The mitigation measures identified in the IEE are integrated in the engineering design and contract documents. The Project will be implemented in accordance with ADB s Environmental Guidelines for Infrastructure Projects. The summary IEE and the complete IEE are available on ADB's website under this Project. Several factors preclude any significant negative environmental impacts associated with the Project: (i) the small scale of the Project; (ii) absence of any significant sensitive terrestrial, coastal, and marine habitats in the project area; and (iii) the fact that the Project essentially involves upgrading of facilities at an existing site (the increase in land area of the structures on Amatuku is only 8%). The project design incorporates sound environmental management principles, including minimal disturbance of the seabed or terrestrial overburden, minimal cutting of trees, minimizing the land area of the Project by building up (rather than out), and use of modular construction to minimize construction wastage. The design features and specified good construction practices will be covenants of the contracts and will be monitored for compliance by the PMU. The social context on Amatuku is quite straightforward, comprising 12 TMTI professional and support staff (25 individuals, when family members are included), and no more than 40 trainees at any one time. The island is about 1 kilometer long by 200 meters wide (at the widest point). Conditions are probably more favorable than most other locations throughout Tuvalu, with independent power supply, telephone communication, daily access to the facilities on Fongafale, and a pleasant well-vegetated setting. Water is limited at times. The maximum population is 65 and maximum population density is about 430/km2, slightly higher than the population density in the more populated outer islands, but much less than Fongafale. Women are in the minority on Amatuku, given that this is a training facility for men. Only a few women members of TMTI staff families live on the island. The land occupied by TMTI is on a long-term government lease from private landowners. No apparent issues are related to the lease. The southern end of Amatuku (about 100 meters long) is still privately held and the small islet immediately to the north is also in private hands. Housing is provided to some TMTI staff and the dormitory is used to house the trainees. Staff housing is located toward the northern end of the island, whereas the trainees are housed in the southern section of the property. Segregation of residential areas from training and service areas is quite good and dense vegetation screens in most residential areas to provide some privacy.

Environmental Aspects
This initial environmental examination has determined that the proposed upgrading of TMTI and extension of shipping services offices can be constructed and operated with no significant negative environmental and social impacts, and that environmental and social benefits should result from proper operation of the facilities. This Project can be classified as Category B (relatively small scale), not requiring an environmental impact assessment. Subject to the implementation of specified mitigation measures, the Project should be able to proceed without any significant negative effects.
Involuntary Resettlement
No resettlement issues
Indigenous Peoples
No issues

Stakeholder Communication, Participation and Consultation

During Project Design
Stakeholder consultations held during design of the original TMTI Loan 1921-TUV .
During Project Implementation
Ongoing stakeholder consultations maintained during during project implementation towards reaching project completion.

Description

The objective is to upgrade the structures and training facilities of TMTI, to meet IMO training requirements and thereby remain on the IMO White List, ensuring that Tuvaluan seafarers will continue to be employed on foreign vessels. This objective will contribute significantly to the goal of poverty reduction on the outer islands of Tuvalu and improve the education and skills of Tuvaluan seafarers. The scope of the Project includes rehabilitating and extending training facilities at TMTI; upgrading the wharf facilities; improving and increasing staff accommodation; improving water, power, and communication services; and procuring specialized training equipment.

Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

The general framework for ADB's country strategy for Tuvalu is spelled out in the Pacific Strategy (A Pacific Strategy for the New Millenium, 2000). It focuses on five broad strategic objectives by supporting (i) economic management, governance, and public sector reform, (ii) private sector development, (iii) promotion of a more active role for women in social, economic, and political spheres, (iv) sustainable environmental management, and (v) poverty reduction. The strategy aims to foster equitable growth through the Three Pillars of Growth of the ADB s Poverty Strategy: good governance, inclusive social development, and pro-poor economic growth. The medium-term development strategy (MTDS) for 1995-1998, with its amendment Tuvalu Vision 2015, was the basic Government strategy document, pending the formulation of a new MTDS. Of the five priority programs in the MTDS (i) public sector reforms, (ii) improvement of economic infrastructure, especially interisland shipping and telecommunication, (iii) Education For Life aimed at raising standards of education and training, (iv) encouragement of export-oriented business investment (while encouraging overseas employment), and (v) upgrading of human settlement, the first four area were reiterated in the State of the Nation Address in February 2002, and emphasis on greater self-reliance for the outer islands and reduction of poverty were included as Government's priorities.

Development Impact

To contribute to the sustained livelihood and well-being of the outer island communities where primarily the old, the very young, and women live

Project Outcome

Description of Outcome
To ensure that Tuvalu Maritime Training Institute (TMTI) and Marine Department meets the standards and requirements of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) in order to continue to provide basic training and more specialized refresher and upgrade courses to young trainees and active seafarers
Progress Towards Outcome
The project has been physically completed to assist TMTI to maintain its IMO recognition.

Outputs and Implementation Progress

Description of Project Outputs
Infrastructure Upgrade a. Wharf extension, new staff houses, renovation of existing staff houses, rehabilitation of training facilities, extension of trainees accommodation b. Specialized training equipment e.g., fire fighting and navigation c. Increased water catchment and storage capacity d. Improved telecommunication
Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)
All works under the project and the associated Technical assistance has been delivered. The physical works under the loan were completed in March 2010. The loan account is now financially closed
Status of Development Objectives
Material Changes

Business Opportunities

Date of First Listing 2006 Nov 15
Consulting Services
Approximately 7 person-months of international consulting services were required for the project management unit and were estimated at US$177,000. Approximately 1.5 additional person-months of consulting services will be required to cover the extended period of construction supervision and necessary changes to some of the designs.
Procurement
Goods and services financed by ADB under the Project will be procured in accordance with ADB's Guidelines for Procurement. The civil works have been tendered under international competitive bidding. Materials and equipment valued below $50,000 will be procured under direct purchase procedures. Funds from the supplementary loan will be used to finance part of the shortfall of the civil works contract. The received bids from the shortlisted firms for this ICB were all more than 100% above the appraisal estimates. The civil works contract will be offered for partial award to the lowest substantive responsive bidder for negotiations.
Procurement and Consulting Notices
http://www.adb.org/projects/32407-023/business-opportunities

Timetable

Concept Clearance
Fact-finding 08 Mar 2004 to 21 Mar 2004
Management Review Meeting 16 Jun 2004
Approval 03 Aug 2004
Last Review Mission

Milestones

Approval No. Approval Signing Effectivity Closing
Original Revised Actual
Loan 2088 03 Aug 2004 13 Aug 2004 13 Jan 2005 30 Jun 2006 31 Mar 2010 25 May 2011

Utilization

Date Approval Number ADB (US$ thousand) Others (US$ thousand) Net Percentage
Cumulative Contract Awards
31 Jul 2014 Loan 2088 2,019 0 99.00%
Cumulative Disbursements
31 Jul 2014 Loan 2088 2,046 0 100.00%

Status of Covenants

Covenants are categorized under the following categories—audited accounts, safeguards, social, sector, financial, economic, and others. Covenant compliance is rated by category by applying the following criteria: (i) Satisfactory—all covenants in the category are being complied with, with a maximum of one exception allowed, (ii) Partly Satisfactory—a maximum of two covenants in the category are not being complied with, (iii) Unsatisfactory—three or more covenants in the category are not being complied with. As per the 2011 Public Communications Policy, covenant compliance ratings for Project Financial Statements apply only to projects whose invitation for negotiation falls after 2 April 2012.

Approval No. Category
Sector Social Financial Economic Others Safeguards Project Financial Statements
Loan 2088 Satisfactory Satisfactory Satisfactory Satisfactory

Contacts and Update Details

Responsible ADB Officer Thomas Gloerfelt-Tarp ( @adb.org)
Responsible ADB Department Pacific Department
Responsible ADB Divisions Pacific Subregional Office in Suva, Fiji
Executing Agencies Ministry of Education and Sports
Minute Taupo

Links

Project Website http://www.adb.org/projects/32407-023/main
List of Project Documents http://www.adb.org/projects/32407-023/documents