Regional: Establishment of the Pacific Aviation Safety Office

Sovereign Project | 37449-013

Summary

The goal of the project is to ensure that the Pacific aviation sector meets all international requirements for safety and security regulation and oversight. The project's objectives are (i) harmonization of updated legislative and regulatory frameworks in each member country along with training and capacity building, (ii) ensuring compliance with international requirements through airline recertification, and (iii) establishing and institutionalizing a regional surveillance and inspection system through creation of a Minimum Required Annual Inspection plan, technical guidance material in each specialized discipline, and development of an inspection documentation and issues resolution system.

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Project Name Establishment of the Pacific Aviation Safety Office
Project Number 37449-013
Country Regional
Project Status Closed
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Loan
Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
Loan 2183-REG: Establishment of the Pacific Aviation Safety Office
Asian Development Fund US$ 1.50 million
TA 6259-REG: Aviation Legislative and Regulatory Review
Regional Trade and Financial Security Initiative C US$ 450,000.00
TA 6259-REG: Aviation Legislative and Regulatory Review (Supplementary)
ATF - New Zealand TA Grant US$ 132,000.00
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change
Sector / Subsector Transport - Air transport
Gender Equity and Mainstreaming
Description The goal of the project is to ensure that the Pacific aviation sector meets all international requirements for safety and security regulation and oversight. The project's objectives are (i) harmonization of updated legislative and regulatory frameworks in each member country along with training and capacity building, (ii) ensuring compliance with international requirements through airline recertification, and (iii) establishing and institutionalizing a regional surveillance and inspection system through creation of a Minimum Required Annual Inspection plan, technical guidance material in each specialized discipline, and development of an inspection documentation and issues resolution system.
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

The Pacific developing member countries (PDMCs) consist of thousands of islands across 30 million square kilometers of ocean. Modern air transport is essential for tourism and trade to enable economic growth and poverty alleviation. To support this growth, air transport operations are required to comply with internationally recognized safety regulation and oversight standards. However, all PDMCs face severe financial limits and shortages of skilled personnel to perform these essential functions, and consequently often fail to meet requirements. Non-compliance places safety and security at risk and potentially jeopardizes continued international services. In recognition that regional co-operation can be an effective approach to safety regulation and oversight, seven PDMCs (Fiji, Kiribati, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, and Vanuatu) are working to establish PASO as a collaborative regional aviation safety oversight program. PASO will create effective regional capacity and economies of scale, but requires external assistance to become established. ADB finance will enable these countries to achieve mandatory compliance with international requirements through a cost effective and financially sustainable organization.

The project represents practical implementation of the Pacific Stategy's key result area regarding enhanced impact of regional cooperation, by providing a regional public good through intergovernmental capacity sharing.

The Pacific developing member countries (PDMCs) are signatories to the Chicago Convention and committed to meeting international aviation safety standards. Regional cooperation in aviation safety regulation and oversight among PDMCs has reached an important milestone with the establishment of the Pacific Aviation Safety Office (PASO). Eight PDMCs (Cook Islands, Fiji Islands, Kiribati, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga and Vanuatu) are members of PASO which provides a regional safety regulation and oversight function that allows its members to continue to meet their obligations and improve their capabilities through technical and institutional cooperation. PASO's core responsibilities are to audit (i) flight operations, (ii) airworthiness of aircraft, (iii) personnel licensing, and (iv) airport security and safety. The audits and inspections will be undertaken in accordance with the legal environment of the state of operation, based on local regulations and the Standards and Recommended Practices (SARPs) of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).

The regional Project for the Establishment of the Pacific Aviation Office will finance (i) establishment of PASO, (ii) initial operations enabling PASO to commence cost recovery-based functions, and (iii) training and technical assistance.

The regional project is a regional public sector loan made directly to PASO, and guaranteed by the governments of Kiribati, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, and Vanuatu.

Impact
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome
Progress Toward Outcome
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs
Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)
Geographical Location
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design
During Project Implementation
Business Opportunities
Consulting Services 18 person-months of international consulting services, and 6 months of international or domestic consulting services are to be funded under the loan to support PASO in project implementation and provide capacity building. The consultants will provide assistance to PASO in the areas of legislative and regulatory review and harmonization, airline audits, and information systems development.
Procurement Minor building works and procurement of office equipment to be determined.
Responsible ADB Officer Daisuke Mizusawa
Responsible ADB Department Pacific Department
Responsible ADB Division Transport, Energy and Natural Resources Division, PARD
Executing Agencies
Pacific Aviation Safety Office (PASO)Alvin Tualaalvint@paso.aeroPO Box 139, Port Vila, Vanuatu
Timetable
Concept Clearance 08 Mar 2003
Fact Finding 19 Apr 2004 to 25 Apr 2004
MRM 14 Sep 2004
Approval 22 Sep 2005
Last Review Mission -
PDS Creation Date 11 Apr 2006
Last PDS Update 07 Oct 2010

Loan 2183-REG

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
22 Sep 2005 27 Oct 2005 26 Jun 2006 30 Apr 2011 - 03 Sep 2010
Financing Plan Loan Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 2.10 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 1.50 22 Sep 2005 1.60 0.00 100%
Counterpart 0.60 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 0.00 22 Sep 2005 1.60 0.00 100%

TA 6259-REG

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
22 Sep 2005 22 Sep 2006 22 Sep 2006 31 Dec 2006 31 Dec 2009 -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
0.00 582,000.00 100,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 682,000.00 22 Sep 2005 85,709.07
Title Document Type Document Date
Establishment of the Pacific Aviation Safety Office Project (Pacific Region) Project/Program Completion Reports Jun 2011
Aviation Legislative and Regulatory Review TA Completion Reports Oct 2010
Aviation Legislative and Regulatory Review Consultants' Reports Aug 2008
Amendment to the Loan Agreement for Establishment of the Pacific Aviation Safety Office Project between Pacific Aviation Safety Office and ADB (23 May 2007) Loan Agreement (Special Operations) May 2007
Guarantee Agreement for Establishment of the Pacific Aviation Safety Office Project between Republic of Kiribati and ADB Guarantee Agreements Oct 2005
Guarantee Agreement for Establishment of the Pacific Aviation Safety Office Project between Independent State of Papua New Guinea and ADB Guarantee Agreements Oct 2005
Loan Agreement for Establishment of the Pacific Aviation Safety Office Project between Pacific Aviation and Safety Office and ADB Loan Agreement (Special Operations) Oct 2005
Guarantee Agreement for Establishment of the Pacific Aviation Safety Office Project between Independent State of Samoa and ADB Guarantee Agreements Oct 2005
Guarantee Agreement for Establishment of the Pacific Aviation Safety Office Project between Republic of Vanautu and ADB Guarantee Agreements Oct 2005
Establishment of the Pacific Aviation Safety Office Project/Program Administration Manual Sep 2005
Establishment of the Pacific Aviation Safety Office Project Reports and Recommendations of the President Aug 2005

Safeguard Documents

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Evaluation Documents

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Title Document Type Document Date
Pacific Region: Establishment of the Pacific Aviation Safety Office Project Validations of Project Completion Reports Dec 2013

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