Solomon Islands: Road Improvement (Sector) Project (formerly Road Improvement Program)

Sovereign Project | 39581-012

Summary

The Project is expected to increase economic growth and reduce poverty in the project area by (i) improving the accessibility of rural residents to markets, as well as economic and social services; (ii) promoting private sector-led development; (iii) fostering market formation, and facilitating domestic and international trade; and (iv) generating income and job opportunities. The outcome will be improved road infrastructure for economic and social development.

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Project Name Road Improvement (Sector) Project (formerly Road Improvement Program)
Project Number 39581-012
Country Solomon Islands
Project Status Closed
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Grant
Source of Funding / Amount
Grant 0048-SOL: Solomon Islands Road Improvement (Sector) Project (formerly Road Improvement Program)
Asian Development Fund US$ 350,000.00
Grant 0049-SOL: Solomon Islands Road Improvement (Sector) Project (formerly Road Improvement Program)
Australian Grant US$ 469,881.00
Australian Grant US$ 1.87 million
Australian Grant US$ 206,679.00
Grant 0049-SOL: Road Improvement (Sector) Project (additional financing)
Australian Grant US$ 743,331.01
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change
Sector / Subsector Transport - Road transport (non-urban)
Gender Equity and Mainstreaming
Description The Project is expected to increase economic growth and reduce poverty in the project area by (i) improving the accessibility of rural residents to markets, as well as economic and social services; (ii) promoting private sector-led development; (iii) fostering market formation, and facilitating domestic and international trade; and (iv) generating income and job opportunities. The outcome will be improved road infrastructure for economic and social development.
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy The Government s development vision, priorities, and strategies are articulated in the National Economic Recovery, Reform, and Development Plan 2003 2006. The NERRDP recognizes the importance of transport infrastructure as an enabling input for community development. The Government expects that implementation of the plan, with a preferential focus on disadvantaged and rural populations, will lead to more equitable distribution of increasing incomes, social services, and development among provinces, social groups, and genders. The Government has asked ADB to take the lead among development partners in coordinating assistance to the transport sector. ADB s country program in transportation complements assistance underway or being considered by other development partners including TA in interisland shipping and civil aviation by creating an integrated transportation system to link rural areas to urban centers for access to markets and social services.
Impact Economic growth and poverty reduction
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome

Improved road transport for economic and social activities and Improved Ministry of

Infrastructure and Development capabilities for project appraisal, management, supervision, and monitoring

Progress Toward Outcome The institutional management system within MID continues to be developed with the formation of several working groups and committees, establishment of a transport policy and planning unit, introduction of an asset management system, and formation of a shadow contract support unit (CSU) within MID's organizational structure. More recently, due to resignation of key consultants and MID staff taking leave of absence without pay, the functioning of the some of the above groups has been disrupted. The financing for road maintenance to covenant requirements have been mixed since the inception of SIRIP 1. The government complied with the covenant amounts from 2007 2009. However, the 2010 and 2011 approved budgets for road maintenance have been about 6% and 20% lower than the covenant amounts respectively. Moreover, of major concern had been MID's inability to spend all its approved recurrent maintenance budget from 2007 2010, primarily due to capacity constraints. Capacity development has been an important aspect of SIRIP 1 and has continued in several areas. Continued-on-the-job training will be required to clerk of works, supervisors and graduate engineers, national road maintenance contractors to improve their performance under the road maintenance contracts..
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

100 km of provincial and secondary roads and bridges rehabilitated

Procedures established and tested for maintenance of provincial and secondary roads using routine and

LBES methods

Sound and sustainable road maintenance policies and practices established

Enhanced maintenance arrangements with improved participation of communities and women in road maintenance

Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues) After an elapsed time of 58 months since its approval, the overall implementation progress of SIRIP 1 is estimated at 78% complete. Only 9 months are remaining for the revised physical completion date (31 March 2012) and 12 months for the revised grant closing or financial closing date (30 June 2012). Progress has been steady with the bulk of the SIRIP 1 fund allocated to the civil works contract in Makira. Progress under the Makira contract as of end May is estimated at 60% against the revised target of 69%, which represents a lag of 9%. The lag time has increased from 6% as of end April to 9% as of end May 2011. This is becoming a concern. Although the Makira contract is partly financed under SIRIP 2, its physical completion needs to be expedited to ensure that all funds allocated from SIRIP 1 for the contract is fully spent by the physical completion date i.e., 31 March 2012. There should be no major expenses after 31 March 2012 under any contract. A total of 22 contracts for road maintenance are being undertaken under SIRIP 1, which included 13 contracts using LBES methods. A few contracts being executed using LBES methods have so far given mixed results primarily due to lack of site supervision.
Geographical Location Rural areas in potentially all provinces in the country, with less emphasis on Guadalcanal and Malaita where an existing ADB project is under implementation
Safeguard Categories
Environment B
Involuntary Resettlement C
Indigenous Peoples C
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design The proposed project has been discussed during the 2005 country programming mission and during fact-finding for related TAs with stakeholders in the Government and key development partners involved in the transport sector, all of which acknowledge improved rural access as a high priority.
During Project Implementation Participation of beneficiaries will be possible through the recruitment of local labor for maintenance. Regular stakeholder meetings consisting of community leaders and village chiefs are held for the Makira subproject.
Business Opportunities
Consulting Services

International and domestic consulting services will be required for (i) project management, (ii) institutional strengthening and capacity building, (iii) feasibility studies of subprojects, detailed engineering design and supervision. Items (i) and (ii) will be combined into a single consultancy: PMCBU Services. Institutional strengthening and capacity building activities incorporated into the PMCBU will address the following areas, as appropriate to a road and bridge agency: management systems, transport policy planning and programming, contract and procurement management, design review, asset management, maintenance, works management. The PMCBU will prepare detailed TOR for item (iii) and assist MID in recruitment of these consultants.

The Project will fund a total of approximately 135 person-months of international and 265 person-months of domestic consulting services, and 120 person months of staff services from AusAID's Pacific Technical Assistance Facility (PACTAF), exclusive of design and supervision services. Specialist areas to be recruited include highway engineering, bridge engineering, contract management, procurement, construction management, community development, asset management, maintenance, accounting, and transport planning. A provisional sum is included for recruitment of other technical specialist, if needed.

Procurement

Civil works will be divided into 5 packages, to be procured using international competitive bidding (ICB) (one package), and international shopping procedures (IS) procedures (4 packages).

ICB procedures will be used for all contracts greater than $2 million and IS procedures will be used for civil works contracts up to $100,000.

No civil packages between the IS and ICB are anticipated, but if needed local competitive bidding (LCB) procedures will be used.

Equipment, with all packages valued at less than $300,000, will be procured using IS procedures.

Responsible ADB Officer Rishi Ram Adhar
Responsible ADB Department Pacific Department
Responsible ADB Division Pacific Liaison and Coordination Office in Sydney, Australia
Executing Agencies
Ministry of Infrastructure DevelopmentJohn Taarupsmid@pmc.gov.sbMinistry of Infrastructure Development
Ministry of Infrastructure DevelopmentMr. Ambrose Kireisirip1@solomon.com.sbPO Box 1213, Honiara, Solomon Islands
Timetable
Concept Clearance 08 Nov 2005
Fact Finding 14 Nov 2005 to 25 Nov 2005
MRM 24 Mar 2006
Approval 08 Aug 2006
Last Review Mission -
PDS Creation Date 16 Mar 2006
Last PDS Update 05 Sep 2011

Grant 0048-SOL

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
08 Aug 2006 17 Nov 2006 15 Feb 2007 30 Jun 2011 31 Jan 2013 18 Oct 2013
Financing Plan Grant Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 1.00 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 0.35 08 Aug 2006 0.35 0.00 100%
Counterpart 0.65 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 0.00 08 Aug 2006 0.35 0.00 100%
Status of Covenants
Category Sector Safeguards Social Financial Economic Others
Rating Satisfactory Satisfactory Satisfactory - - Satisfactory

Grant 0049-SOL

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
08 Aug 2006 17 Nov 2006 15 Feb 2007 30 Jun 2011 31 Jan 2013 18 Oct 2013
Financing Plan Grant Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 3.29 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 0.00 08 Aug 2006 0.00 9.06 96%
Counterpart 0.00 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 3.29 08 Aug 2006 0.00 9.06 96%
Status of Covenants
Category Sector Safeguards Social Financial Economic Others
Rating Satisfactory Satisfactory Satisfactory - - Satisfactory

Grant 0050-SOL

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
08 Aug 2006 17 Nov 2006 15 Feb 2007 30 Jun 2011 31 Jan 2013 18 Oct 2013
Financing Plan Grant Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 0.00 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 0.00 08 Aug 2006 0.00 10.34 97%
Counterpart 0.00 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 0.00 08 Aug 2006 0.00 10.34 97%
Status of Covenants
Category Sector Safeguards Social Financial Economic Others
Rating Satisfactory Satisfactory Satisfactory - - Satisfactory
Title Document Type Document Date
Road Improvement (Sector) Project Project/Program Completion Reports Apr 2014
Omnibus Amendments to the Grant Agreement for the Road Improvement (Sector) Project Grant Agreement Nov 2012
Road Improvement (Sector) Project Initial Poverty and Social Analysis Jun 2008
Grant Agreement for Road Improvement (Sector) Project between Solomon Islands and ADB dated 17 November 2006 Grant Agreement Oct 2006
Road Improvement (Sector) Project Reports and Recommendations of the President Jul 2006
Road Improvement (Sector) Project Design and Monitoring Frameworks Mar 2006

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