Regional: Strengthening Regulatory Capacity for Information and Communication Technology Development in the Pacific

Sovereign Project | 44383-012 Status: Closed


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Project Name Strengthening Regulatory Capacity for Information and Communication Technology Development in the Pacific
Project Number 44383-012
Country Regional
Project Status Closed
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 7901-REG: Strengthening Regulatory Capacity for Information and Communication Technology Development in the Pacific
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 750,000.00
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Regional integration
Drivers of Change Governance and capacity development
Private sector development
Sector / Subsector

Information and communication technology - ICT industries and ICT-enabled services

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming No gender elements
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

Project Outcome

Description of Outcome
Progress Toward Outcome During the duration of the TA, PIRRC responded to requests from its member countries on both regulatory but also technical issues. The ADB-funded technical adviser visited a number of countries in response to specific requests and provided relevant advice based on international experiences. The second phase of PIRRC has begun with financing from the World Bank under the auspice of the University of the South Pacific. Recruitment of a new director is near completion and the objective is for PIRRC to continue to provide demand-drive ICT regulatory advisory services to member countries.
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs
Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)

Consultants were recruited to address components of the project: (i) Media Relations & Communications Officer: Recruited in July 2013, prepared PIRRC's communications strategy and work plan. Contract was closed in December 2013.

(ii) ICT Regulation Technical Advisor: Recruited in January 2013 to provide technical assistance to regulators and policy makers of member countries on all matters related to ICT. The technical advisor by default assumed responsibility as interim director of PIRRC when the original director resigned and while a replacement was being recruited. Contract was closed in August 2014; (ii) Surveyor: Conducted a regional survey to assess service quality and availability, price of service, the level of competition and ICT readiness in the national markets and region and the collection of data from member countries from April to July 2013. The draft final report was presented to the PIRRC steering committee in August 2013 and was finalized in November 2013. Contract was closed in November 2013. Activities: Awareness-raising events: The TA has supported 4 awareness-raising events (trainings, workshops, meetings) in Apia, Suva, Honolulu and Port Vila participated by PIRRC members, regulators and partners. The TA is physically complete but is still awaiting return of funds from PIRRC.

Geographical Location

Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects

Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design The Pacific Regional Digital Strategy calls for regional cooperation in the use of scarce regulatory resources and harmonization of legislation and the regulatory environment. The Pacific Regional Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Ministerial Meeting in Nuku'alofa in June 2010 endorsed the establishment of the Pacific ICT Regulatory Resource Centre (PIRRC) and the establishment of the Centre Working Group (CWG) to advise the Pacific Islands Forum's island member countries on the governance framework of PIRRC. In April 2011, the ICT Ministers from the Forum island member countries endorsed the establishment of PIRRC as an operating unit under the University of South Pacific (USP), its governance and membership arrangements. The Asian Development Bank (ADB) consulted with representatives from CWG, the World Bank, USP, and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) on the proposed technical assistance (TA) scope and implementation arrangement. All appreciated and supported the scope and implementation arrangement.
During Project Implementation The TA was implemented in close consultation and involvement of the PIRRC Steering Committee and Management Committee consisting of representatives from Pacific developing member countries and the University of South Pacific, ensuring relevance and effectiveness of the TA supported activities.

Business Opportunities

Consulting Services The TA will provide 25 person-months of international consultants with expertise ICT policy, regulation, and industry practices, and experiences in advisory services to the member countries. It will also provide 15 person-months of national consultants with skills and experience in public and media relations and communications. The TA will also provide 11 person-months of international or national consultants specialized in specific areas of ICT regulations. Individual consultants will be engaged by ADB in accordance with ADB's Guidelines on the Use of Consultants (2010, as amended from time to time).

Responsible Staff

Responsible ADB Officer Maria Melei
Responsible ADB Department Pacific Department
Responsible ADB Division Urban, Social Development & Public Management Division, PARD
Executing Agencies
Asian Development Bank
6 ADB Avenue,
Mandaluyong City 1550, Philippines


Concept Clearance 28 Apr 2011
Fact Finding -
Approval -
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 13 Mar 2015

TA 7901-REG

Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
31 Oct 2011 - 31 Oct 2011 31 May 2014 30 Jun 2015 -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
750,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 750,000.00 31 Oct 2011 501,908.16

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