Solomon Islands: Supporting the Implementation of the National Development Strategy

Sovereign Project | 45049-001

Summary

The proposed TA focuses on assisting the Government in implementing the National Strategic Plan 2011-15. The technical assistance will have the following components: (i) improving the legislative mandate to implement the NSP; (ii) strengthening annual corporate planning linkages with budget formulation and NSP priorities; (iii) developing rolling public investment programs; (iv) establish a central database that can be used by all economists; (v) follow up training on forecasting models; (vi) developing a macroeconomic model for policy analysis and simulations an additional step to the forecasting models already developed; and (vii) training in the use of macroeconomic models.

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Project Name Supporting the Implementation of the National Development Strategy
Project Number 45049-001
Country Solomon Islands
Project Status Closed
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 7944-SOL: Supporting the Implementation of the National Development Strategy
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 600,000.00
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Governance and capacity development
Sector / Subsector Public sector management - Economic affairs management - Public expenditure and fiscal management
Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Some gender elements
Description The proposed TA focuses on assisting the Government in implementing the National Strategic Plan 2011-15. The technical assistance will have the following components: (i) improving the legislative mandate to implement the NSP; (ii) strengthening annual corporate planning linkages with budget formulation and NSP priorities; (iii) developing rolling public investment programs; (iv) establish a central database that can be used by all economists; (v) follow up training on forecasting models; (vi) developing a macroeconomic model for policy analysis and simulations an additional step to the forecasting models already developed; and (vii) training in the use of macroeconomic models.
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

Improved development planning is consistent with ADB's 2009-2011 Interim Country Partnership Strategy (ICPS) for Solomon Islands, as well as ADB's 2010 Solomon Islands Economic Recovery Support Program (ERSP) and 2011 ERSP II. It is also consistent with the 2008-2010 Medium Term Development Strategy of the Solomon Islands.

Previous ADB assistance, TA-7616 Support for the Formulation of a National Strategic Plan, supported the Government in the formulation of the Solomon Islands National Strategic Plan 2011-2015 (NSP). The Government has requested follow up assistance in the implementation of the NSP. In particular previous experience in the Pacific has shown that in order for the development strategy to be effective, ongoing linkages need to be established with other government plans, especially the budget and Medium-Term Fiscal Strategy (MTFS). Production of an MTFS and its integration with the NSP will require a macroeconomic modeling capability for forecasting and policy analysis. Further assistance is required to develop this capability in Solomon Islands.

Impact Sustainable pro-poor growth through effective policy reform and strategy implementation
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome Improved public expenditures and policies as a result of a strengthened development planning process
Progress Toward Outcome
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

Medium-term expenditure framework

Rolling 3-year implementation plans from corporate plans consistent with the NDS

Annual monitoring and evaluation of the NDS

Enhanced capacity of staff of MDPAC and relevant line ministries

Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)
Geographical Location
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design
During Project Implementation
Business Opportunities
Consulting Services

Consulting services of a total of 36 person-months (14 person-months international, 22 person-months national) will be required for the implementation of the TA:

1. Senior Public Finance Economist-Team Leader (1 international, 10 person-months)

2. Public Finance Economist (1 international, 4 person-months)

3. Planning Specialists (2-3 national, 22 person-months total)

Procurement tbd
Responsible ADB Officer Milovan Lucich
Responsible ADB Department Pacific Department
Responsible ADB Division Pacific Liaison and Coordination Office in Sydney, Australia
Executing Agencies
Ministry of Finance and TreasuryP.O. Box 26
Honiara, Solomon Islands
Timetable
Concept Clearance 14 Sep 2011
Fact Finding -
MRM -
Approval 02 Dec 2011
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 21 Nov 2011

TA 7944-SOL

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
02 Dec 2011 02 Jan 2012 02 Jan 2012 31 Jan 2014 - -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
600,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 600,000.00 02 Dec 2011 583,521.14

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