Regional: Pacific Regional Information and Communications Technology Connectivity Project (Phase 2)

Sovereign Project | 44382-012

Summary

The purpose of this technical assistance (TA) is to support preparation of projects for the construction and operation of a submarine fiber optic cable for Solomon Islands and other Pacific developing member countries of ADB.

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Project Name Pacific Regional Information and Communications Technology Connectivity Project (Phase 2)
Project Number 44382-012
Country Regional
Project Status Closed
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 7787-REG: Pacific Regional Information and Communications Technology Connectivity Project (Phase 2)
Regional Cooperation and Integration Fund US$ 900,000.00
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Regional integration
Drivers of Change
Sector / Subsector Information and communication technology - ICT industries and ICT-enabled services
Gender Equity and Mainstreaming No gender elements
Description The purpose of this technical assistance (TA) is to support preparation of projects for the construction and operation of a submarine fiber optic cable for Solomon Islands and other Pacific developing member countries of ADB.
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

The proposed Pacific Regional Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Connectivity Project is to support Solomon Islands in developing a submarine fibre optic cable to provide cheap, high capacity international bandwidth solution. Improved services and lower cost of international connectivity through submarine cable will stimulate competition and increase demand for broadband Internet. In turn, this will lower the cost of retail telecommunications services, especially broadband internet.

Rapid technological changes, volatile business environment, regulatory environment, and the nature of cross-border infrastructure can create commercial and sovereign risks for the cable development. In addition, any environmental and social issues that may arise from the cable development and operation should be thoroughly assessed and management plans should be prepared following ADB's Safeguard Policy Statements and other co-financiers' requirements. The proposed project preparation technical assistance (PPTA) will prepare analyses and inputs required to inform stakeholders' decision, facilitate stakeholder dialogue, and assist stakeholders in key negotiations.

The World Bank has already mobilized consultants (i) to conduct a feasibility study and (ii) to examine the regulatory environment and any necessary regulatory actions for the proposed cable construction and operation. These consultants will review and provide independent advice to a business plan as well as technical and legal documents once those documents are ready. The proposed PPTA will fill the gap in stakeholder capacity by providing more on-site technical assistance while the World Bank consultants provide independent reviews of the outputs from the stakeholders. More specifically, the PPTA will assist the steering committee in (i) facilitating stakeholder dialogue and building their commitments; (ii) developing a detailed business plan; (iii) exploring private sector interest in equity and debt financing; (iv) advising the establishment of cable development and operating company; (v) completing required due diligence activities; and (vi) preparing implementation plans and key documents.

The proposed PPTA will also make some resources available for other potential project preparation activities by the Pacific developing member countries upon receipt of request of the governments, which are interested in ADB's participation either technically, financially or both. The proposed PPTA can support the governments in selected areas (e.g., environmental and social assessments) by extending the consulting services hired under the PPTA. This approach can reduce time and costs of hiring specialized consulting services for the other countries, thus allowing ADB to provide timely assistance.

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Consulting Services

The PPTA will engage firms and individual consultants amounting to 27 person-months of international and 12 person-months of domestic consultant inputs. ADB will select firms through consultant's qualifications selection as highly specialized expertise is required for the assignment and recruitment of "boutique" consulting firms that provide depth of expertise in the areas of submarine cable development and related environmental assessment. ADB will engage consulting services in accordance with ADB's Guidelines on the Use of Consultants (2010, as amended from time to time).

The Submarine Cable Team Consultant has been recruited and fielded on 1 August 2011.

Recruitment of the Environment and Social Impact Assessment Team (consultant) is ongoing.

Responsible ADB Officer Maria Melei
Responsible ADB Department Pacific Department
Responsible ADB Division Urban, Social Development & Public Management Division, PARD
Executing Agencies
Asian Development Bank6 ADB Avenue, Mandaluyong
Metro Manila, Philippines
P.O. Box 789, 1099 Manila,
Philippines
Timetable
Concept Clearance -
Fact Finding -
MRM -
Approval 14 Mar 2011
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 02 Sep 2011

TA 7787-REG

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
14 Mar 2011 - 14 Mar 2011 31 Dec 2012 31 Oct 2014 -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
900,000.00 0.00 100,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 1,000,000.00 14 Mar 2011 895,860.39

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