Solomon Islands: Transport Sector Development Project

Sovereign Project | 41171-022

Summary

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.

Latest Project Documents

Consulting Notices

See also: CMS

No notices are currently available for this project.

Procurement Notices

See also: Operational Procurement

No notices are currently available for this project.

Procurement Documents

Title Document Date
Transport Sector Development Project Oct 2013

Project Data Sheets (PDS) contain summary information on the project or program. Because the PDS is a work in progress, some information may not be included in its initial version but will be added as it becomes available. Information about proposed projects is tentative and indicative.

The Public Communications Policy (PCP) recognizes that transparency and accountability are essential to development effectiveness. It establishes the disclosure requirements for documents and information ADB produces or requires to be produced.

The Accountability Mechanism provides a forum where people adversely affected by ADB-assisted projects can voice and seek solutions to their problems and report alleged noncompliance of ADB's operational policies and procedures.

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.

Project Name Transport Sector Development Project
Project Number 41171-022
Country Solomon Islands
Project Status Approved
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Grant
Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
Grant 0243-SOL: Transport Sector Development Project
Asian Development Fund US$ 12.00 million
Grant: Transport Sector Development Project
Australian Grant US$ 30.00 million
New Zealand Grant US$ 30.00 million
TA 7715-SOL: Supporting Transport Sector Development
Japan Fund for Poverty Reduction US$ 800,000.00
Strategic Agendas Environmentally sustainable growth
Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Governance and capacity development
Partnerships
Sector / Subsector Transport - Transport policies and institutional development
Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Effective gender mainstreaming
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 Toward Outcome The implementation progress of the project at 84% complete as of the first review mission held in Feb 2015.
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 Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)

MID established the central project implementation unit (CPIU) to implement and manage all transport sector activities. The CPIU is staffed with MID personnel who are supported by consultants providing expertise to implement the annual work plan.

Infrastructure investments are planned and delivered as per the NTP priorities determined by a multi-criteria analysis, including economic and social aspects, safeguards and engineering standards. Designs incorporate measures for climate change adaptation, supporting the socially vulnerable, and ensuring sustainable maintenance. The annual work plan largely focuses on maintenance of transport infrastructure for the road network and wharves while continuing with capacity development in core areas of project planning, programming, management, budgeting, contract management and supervision.

Infrastructure maintenance has been the key focus since the midterm review in JNovember 2014. As a result, routine maintenance under machine based contracts and labor-based equipment-supported contracts became central to CPIU's work plan. Out of the total 1,508km road network, 691km are being maintained under existing contracts, 250km are under procurement stage, and 244km are under scoping stage. The remaining 323km are to be planned for 2015/2016. Focus has also shifted to maintenance of wharves. Contracts are ongoing for six wharves, contracts awarded for 10 wharves, bids evaluated for three wharves, and at the scoping stage for 25 wharves.

Geographical Location Solomon Islands
Safeguard Categories
Environment B
Involuntary Resettlement B
Indigenous Peoples C
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects 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 Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design

ADB consulted with the Solomon Islands Government and development partners, including Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, 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 peoplesin the areas to analyze environment, and poverty and social issues.

During Project Implementation
Business Opportunities
Consulting Services The CPIU will be responsible for design and day-to-day implementation, financial management, monitoring and evaluation, and development and implementation of training. The CPIU will be established by mobilizing international and national consultants to support MID's existing technical and managerial capacity. Consulting firms will be retained for these services, in accordance with ADB's Guidelines on the Use of Consultants (2010, as amended from time to time). Throughout project implementation, international consultants will be tasked to strengthen the capacity of the CPIU through coaching and on-the-job training of government professional and technical staff and national consultants. Outline terms of reference are in the PAM. Procurement and disbursement for the services will follow ADB's policy and guidelines.
Procurement Procurement and disbursement for civil works and formal training programs to be financed by other development partners will follow government systems. MID will procure a number of packages for civil works and formal training programs through the government's procurement procedure, including central tender board, ministerial tender board, and accountable officer procedures. CPIU will assist MID in procuring and administering contracts. ADB's Safeguard Policy Statement (2009) will apply to all civil works. The implementation arrangements are summarized in the Project Administration Manual.
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 DevelopmentPO Box 1213
Honiara, Solomon Islands
Timetable
Concept Clearance 11 Aug 2010
Fact Finding 12 Aug 2010 to 27 Aug 2010
MRM 21 Sep 2010
Approval 15 Dec 2010
Last Review Mission -
PDS Creation Date 07 May 2010
Last PDS Update 17 Mar 2015

Grant

Financing Plan Grant Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 60.00 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 0.00 - 0.00 0.00 %
Counterpart 0.00 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 60.00 - 0.00 0.00 %

Grant 0243-SOL

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
15 Dec 2010 06 Apr 2011 05 Jul 2011 31 Jul 2016 - -
Financing Plan Grant Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 24.50 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 12.00 15 Dec 2010 11.96 0.00 100%
Counterpart 12.50 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 0.00 15 Dec 2010 11.16 0.00 93%
Status of Covenants
Category Sector Safeguards Social Financial Economic Others
Rating - Satisfactory Satisfactory - - Satisfactory

TA 7715-SOL

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
15 Dec 2010 01 Feb 2011 01 Feb 2011 28 Feb 2014 31 Dec 2015 -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
0.00 800,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 800,000.00 15 Dec 2010 593,116.23
Status of Covenants
Category Sector Safeguards Social Financial Economic Others
Rating - Satisfactory Satisfactory - - Satisfactory

Evaluation Documents

See also: Independent Evaluation

No documents found.


The Public Communications Policy (PCP) establishes the disclosure requirements for documents and information ADB produces or requires to be produced in its operations to facilitate stakeholder participation in ADB's decision-making. For more information, refer to the Safeguard Policy Statement, Operations Manual F1, and Operations Manual L3.

Requests for information may also be directed to the InfoUnit.