Solomon Islands: Preparing the Domestic Maritime Support Project and Technical Support Program (formerly Ministry of Infrastructure and Development Technical Support Program)

Sovereign Project | 40263-012

Summary

The impact of the TA will be increased efficiency, safety and reliability in the transport sector, contributing to economic growth with improved distribution of benefits. As a combined project preparatory and advisory TA, there are two expected outcomes. The outcome of the project preparatory component will be consensus on the design of the proposed Domestic Maritime Support Project, programmed for 2008. The outcome of the advisory component will be to strengthen the Ministry of Infrastructure Development's (MID) institutional capacity in planning, finance, and management of infrastructure development by implementing recommendations produced through TA projects conducted from 2004-2006.

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Project Name Preparing the Domestic Maritime Support Project and Technical Support Program (formerly Ministry of Infrastructure and Development Technical Support Program)
Project Number 40263-012
Country Solomon Islands
Project Status Closed
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 4980-SOL: Preparing the Domestic Maritime Support Project and Technical Support Program (formerly Ministry of Infrastructure and Development Technical Support Program)
Japan Special Fund US$ 2.00 million
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Private sector development
Sector / Subsector Agriculture, natural resources and rural development - Water-based natural resources management
Gender Equity and Mainstreaming No gender elements
Description The impact of the TA will be increased efficiency, safety and reliability in the transport sector, contributing to economic growth with improved distribution of benefits. As a combined project preparatory and advisory TA, there are two expected outcomes. The outcome of the project preparatory component will be consensus on the design of the proposed Domestic Maritime Support Project, programmed for 2008. The outcome of the advisory component will be to strengthen the Ministry of Infrastructure Development's (MID) institutional capacity in planning, finance, and management of infrastructure development by implementing recommendations produced through TA projects conducted from 2004-2006.

Improved transportation infrastructure and services, which would provide reliable access to domestic and international markets for rural produce and commodities, will contribute to (i) restarting and building rural economies through access to domestic and international markets, (ii) fostering private sector development and rural income opportunities, (iii) reducing migration of people in search of employment, and (iv) restoring basic social services in rural areas to increase health and educational achievement. The focus on improving rural accessibility will enhance poverty reduction.
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy The ADB Solomon Islands CSP 2007-2009 supports the Government's strategic plans including the National Economic Recovery, Reform and Development Plan, 2003-2006 (NERRDP) and Grand Coalition for Change Policy Framework, as well as expected action plans currently under development, by aiming to achieve rapid, pro-poor, rural-focused development led by private sector economic growth by (i) providing transportation infrastructure and services and (ii) strengthening the enabling environment for private sector development. The proposed TA will directly support both objectives, and is consistent with ADB's Pacific Strategy.
Impact Increased efficiency, safety, and reliability in the transport sector, contributing to economic growth with improved distribution of benefits
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome

(i) Consensus on a proposed Domestic Maritime Support Project and TA for Establishment of the

Solomon Islands Maritime Authority

(ii) Improved institutional capacity in the Ministry of Infrastructure Development (MID) for infrastructure

development

Progress Toward Outcome

Institutional strengthening in (i) asset management, (ii) technical resources, (iii) quality assurance, (iv) procurement, financial management, and transport planning Institutional strengthening is 85% complete. Proceeding satisfactorily.

Activities with Milestones:

1.1 Inception (inception completed)

1.2 Analysis of maritime sector performance (completed)

1.3 Drafting of procedures, regulations, legislation (completed)

1.4 Consultations with Government, operators, users (completed)

1.5 Development of project proposal (Development of project proposal finalized.)

2.1 Development of asset management system (Development of asset management system is 80% complete.)

2.2 Establishment of resource center (Establishment of resource center completed)

2.3 Improvements in quality assurance (Improvements in quality assurance completed)

2.4 Training (in-country training of staff, in-country training of contractors, overseas training and secondments of staff) Training is 70% complete. Overall proceeding satisfactorily.

Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

1. Completed design for the Domestic Maritime Support Project

2. Institutional strengthening in (i) asset management; (ii) technical resources; (iii) quality assurance; (iv) procurement, financial management, transport planning

Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)

TA Letter Agreement signed by Government on 30 October 2007.

GHD Pty Ltd. Australia has been first-ranked. Contract negotiations were conducted and finalized on 7-8 April. Based on results of the negotiations, consultants commenced on or about 21 April 2008.

Inception Mission was undertaken from 2 to 7 June 2008 to review implementation progress and consult with stakeholders. Inception Workshop was held on 5 June 2008. Consultant team has been fully established with both international and national consultants, and is working quickly and effectively on the analysis and design of the proposed Domestic Maritime Support Project.

TA completion date extended to 30 April 2010 to coincide with consultant's contract completion date and give allowance for further activities related to the financial closing of the project.

A Project Steering Committee (PSC) has been established, chaired by MID. The PSC has met three times on the following dates: 16 Jun 2008, 28 Jul 2008, and 21 Aug 2008. The last PSC meeting also served as the wrap-up meeting for the ADB Grant Fact-Finding Mission.

A fact-finding mission for Component 1 was fielded by ADB on 11-22 August 2008. The consultant is working towards bringing all Component 1 activities to a close in time to permit submission of the Component 1 draft Final Report by 30 September 2008.

Draft Final Report for Component 1 was received on 28 November 2008.

Final Report for Project Preparatory component was received and approved on 27 January 2009.

Advisory component of TA still ongoing. Consultants for advisory component were fielded in mid-September 2008.

Review Mission fielded 9-13 March 2009.

Midterm Progress Report was received on 24 June 2009. Advisory component progress was reported as 20% complete.

Review Mission fielded 23 June to 2 July 2009.

Review Mission fielded 19-29 October 2009 to review implementation progress of asset management improvements.

Review Mission fielded 8-18 February 2010 to review overall progress. The overall project was approximately 70% complete. Due to the resignation of the previous TL/Transport Planner, the National Transport Plan updating process had been stagnant until the position was filled in February 2010. The TA needed to be extended from 30 April 2010 to 31 July 2010 (physical completion) and 30 September 2010 (financial account close).

A Review mission visited Honiara on 2-8 July 2010 to attend workshop introducing the National Trasnport Plan (NTP) updating process and prioritization framework to stakeholders, and discuss identified problems and seek counter-measures related to TA implementation. Due to absence of a team leader, the development of prioritization methodology was delayed for more than 4 months. A new team leader was finally mobilized in June. Due to the delay, the TA was extended from 30 April to 30 November 2010. The management of infrastructure asset data and its appropriate use are critical for building a better project implementation environment under a future project. MID, Project Management Unit, and ADB decided to revisit the Asset Manager position issue and determine direction of asset mgmt system implementation in August.

In August, MID appointed am Asset Manager who will operate an asset management system and produce information for developing a transport investment program and started procurement process for implementing the system.

GHD submitted its September 2010 Quarterly Progress Report on 24 September 2010.

The TA completion date was extended to 31 July 2011. Final report from the consultant is expected on or before 31 May 2011.

The final draft NTP and 3 Year Transport Sector Action Plan were submitted to MID for Cabinet approval on 11 October 2010.

GHD submitted MID Training Needs Assessment and Training Plan on 3 December 2010.

Consultants have started providing a series of training according to the training plan since February 2011.

Geographical Location Solomon Islands (nationwide)
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design The TA design, including expected impacts, outcome, outputs, inputs, implementation schedule, etc. was disseminated through stakeholder consultations.
During Project Implementation Consultations with a wide range of stakeholders including transport operators, users, and relevant government agencies were arranged through a project steering committee to ensure broad support for reforms. The Government's Transport Task Force, which has oversight responsibility for all modes of transport, has been kept informed to ensure coordination.
Business Opportunities
Consulting Services A team of international and national consultants will be engaged through a firm to render a total of 48 person-months of international consulting services and 48 person-months of national consulting services in the areas of transport planning and engineering, asset management, materials testing and quality assurance, institutional development, and training. Their services will be utilized intermittently over 24 months, beginning in approximately January 2008 and concluding in approximately December 2009. The consultants will be engaged by ADB in accordance with the Guidelines on the Use of Consultants (2007, as amended from time to time).
Responsible ADB Officer Daisuke Mizusawa
Responsible ADB Department Pacific Department
Responsible ADB Division Transport, Energy and Natural Resources Division, PARD
Executing Agencies
Ministry of Infrastructure DevelopmentJohn Ta'arupsmid@pmc.gov.sbHoniara, Solomon Islands
Timetable
Concept Clearance 10 Mar 2006
Fact Finding 19 Feb 2007 to 23 Feb 2007
MRM -
Approval 11 Oct 2007
Last Review Mission -
PDS Creation Date 31 Jul 2006
Last PDS Update 21 Feb 2011

TA 4980-SOL

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
11 Oct 2007 30 Oct 2007 30 Oct 2007 31 Dec 2009 30 Sep 2011 -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
2,000,000.00 0.00 500,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 2,500,000.00 11 Oct 2007 1,833,453.50

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