41171-022: Transport Sector Development Project

Project Data Sheet (PDS): Details


Description

The project will improve access to socioeconomic opportunities by rehabilitating and maintaining land, sea, and air transport infrastructure. Solomon Islands has been offered significant parallel grant cofinancing from the governments of Australia and New Zealand but has insufficient capacity to plan and implement the necessary civil works. The project will therefore strengthen transport sector institutions by establishing a central project implementation unit (CPIU) to reform the government's institutional structure, implement civil works, and conduct technical and managerial capacity development. In doing so, the project will prepare an environment for a comprehensive transport sector-based approach based on long-term partnerships, sector coordination, and reliance on government systems. Through close cooperation with other development partners, the project will support the government in efficiently implementing all externally funded assistance to the transport sector.

Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

The economy is at a disadvantage given the dispersed population, limited resources, and relatively high cost of providing remote communities with the infrastructure and basic services to stimulate productivity gains. The urban rural divide is increasing between the population living in and around the capital city of Honiara and the majority of the population living in rural communities on outer islands. The weak and poorly maintained transport infrastructure constrains economic growth and limits its inclusiveness. Improved transport infrastructure is expected to strengthen growth, improve access to basic social services in rural areas, build rural economies, and increase geographic equity.

Impact

The people of Solomon Islands have improved access to socioeconomic opportunities.

Project Outcome

Description of Outcome

MID provides sustainable transport infrastructure.

Progress Towards Outcome

MTR was fielded mid-November 2013. The physical completion of project is estimated at MTR is 42% complete. The MTR noted some improvement in progress particularly in the (i) delivery of the feasibility study on Naro-Lambi subproject leading to detailed design and contract packaging, and (ii) award of several machine-based contracts committing covering about 40km of main roads in Honiara. Agreements reached between MID and MTR mission that maintenance of infrastructure as the primary focus for the remainder of the project with some selected priority rehabilitation. In addition, capacity development and training will focus more in core areas such as project management, planning, programming and budgeting development in core functions needed for efficient project delivery. The MTR revisited the DMF, assessed the performance targets against each indicator and made some adjustments at impact, outcome and output levels.

Implementation Progress

Description of Project Outputs

The central project implementation unit (CPIU) provides efficient and effective project implementation and management. Transport infrastructure prioritized in the National Transport Plan (NTP) is rehabilitated and maintained. MID's technical and managerial capacity is sufficient.

Status of Operation/Construction or Implementation Progress

MTR assessed 100% of subprojects in the 2011-2012 NTFB-approved plan are in 3-year 2011-2012 plan. At midterm, 89% of planned investment of SBD263 million [2011-2012 NTF work plan] had been completed At midterm, 16% (MID-CPIU only) and 29% (including consultants) are female. MTR assessed to maintain indicator and target at 100%. MTR assessed to maintain indicator and target at 20%. LBES training was held in Q2 in Kirakira. 15 contractors attended, of whom 5 were women. Two LBES contracts ongoing in Malaita with 2 to be awarded. Several contracts ended during the quarter. 17 contracts (13 in Maliata, 2 in Choiseul and 2 in Tulagi) commenced with procurement in late June. 3-Year Rolling program from the NTP prepared and subprojects for rehabilitaion and maintenance of roads, wharves and airstrips approved by the NTF Board. Cumulative 35% targeted physical works completed end of Q2 2013. In progress. Training for Q2 was completed as planned. All national staff and consultants participated in at least one on and one off on-the-job training. 3 female MID staff received formal off the job training in at least one competency during Q2. An additional 3 female staff received on the job training during Q2. Certificate IV Construction Supervisor training has been sourced and is scheduled to commence in August for a group of 20 trainees, haf of which will be from MID and rest from private sector. 100% of the 20 MID staff who attended training between Jan-June 13 successfully completed their programs. 100% of the female staff were includedin onor off the job training during the quarter. Certificate IV Construction Supervisor training has been sourced and is scheduled to commence in August for a group of 20 trainees, haf of which will be from MID and rest from private sector. 130 community residents have received training.

Safeguard Categories

Environment: B
Involuntary Resettlement: B
Indigenous Peoples: C

Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects

Environmental Aspect
Given the subprojects prioritized in the NTP, civil works are not likely to result in any significant adverse environmental impact, and potential environmental impacts can be adequately mitigated and monitored. An environmental assessment and review framework presents the general anticipated environmental impacts of the sector project, selection criteria, and environmental procedures for future subprojects. An initial environmental examination incorporating an environmental management and monitoring plan was prepared for each of the two sample subprojects for road and airstrip rehabilitation. The project is classified as environment category B.

Involuntary Resettlement
The project is not expected to entail significant resettlement impacts, as anticipated subprojects will involve existing infrastructure and rehabilitation works can be undertaken within the existing right-of-way or on land owned by the government. While the sample subprojects studied do not require land acquisition, some subsequent subprojects or activities may involve minor land acquisition and resettlement impacts, which can be identified only during implementation. If such impacts are identified, the government will prepare resettlement plans for such subprojects according to the resettlement framework for the project. The project s involuntary resettlement classification is category B.

Indigenous Peoples
Melanesians are the native people of Solomon Islands and comprise the vast majority of the population. The project is not expected to have any negative impact on indigenous peoples. While a separate indigenous peoples plan is not needed, all project components or subprojects will be implemented in a culturally appropriate and participatory manner to meet the needs of the population. The project s indigenous peoples classification is category C.

Stakeholder Participation and Consultation

During Project Design
ADB consulted with the Solomon Islands Government and development partners, including AusAID, European Commission, JICA, New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and World Bank, to develop project design during the implementation of a project preparatory technical assistance and a fact-finding mission. PPTA team visited two sample subproject areas (i.e., St. Martin Road in Honiara and Gizo airstrip) and consulted with peoples in the areas to analyze environment, and poverty and social issues.

Status of Covenants

Category Rating
Grant 0243
Sector
Social Satisfactory
Financial Satisfactory
Economic
Others Satisfactory
Safe Satisfactory
Project Financial Statements



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Timetable

Concept Clearance
11 Aug 2010

Fact-finding
12 Aug 2010 to 27 Aug 2010

Management Review Meeting
21 Sep 2010

Board Approval
15 Dec 2010

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