Regional: Establishment of the Pacific Region Infrastructure Facility Coordination Office

Sovereign Project | 46500-001

Summary

The proposed technical assistance is included in the Pacific: Regional Operation Business Plan (ROBP) 2013-2015 of the Asian Development Bank (ADB), as a 2013 non-lending activity. The proposed technical assistance supports the ROBP emphasis on strengthening core government functions including policy formulation, and public sector management.

The design of the proposed Pacific Regional Infrastructure Facility Coordination Office (PRIF Coordination Office) is based on the design of the existing PRIF Secretariat (supported through World Bank) and PIAC (supported through RETA-6522), however the design also incorporates the recommendations of independent evaluations and direction from the SMT.

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Project Name Establishment of the Pacific Region Infrastructure Facility Coordination Office
Project Number 46500-001
Country Regional
Project Status Approved
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 8345-REG: Establishment of the Pacific Region Infrastructure Facility Coordination Office
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 500,000.00
TA 8345-REG: Establishment of the Pacific Region Infrastructure Facility Coordination Office (Supplementary)
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 500,000.00
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Governance and capacity development
Partnerships
Private sector development
Sector / Subsector Energy - Energy sector development and institutional reform
Information and communication technology - ICT industries and ICT-enabled services
Transport - Air transport - Road transport (non-urban) - Water transport (non-urban)
Water and other urban infrastructure and services - Urban policy, institutional and capacity development - Urban solid waste management - Urban water supply
Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Effective gender mainstreaming
Description

The proposed technical assistance is included in the Pacific: Regional Operation Business Plan (ROBP) 2013-2015 of the Asian Development Bank (ADB), as a 2013 non-lending activity. The proposed technical assistance supports the ROBP emphasis on strengthening core government functions including policy formulation, and public sector management.

The design of the proposed Pacific Regional Infrastructure Facility Coordination Office (PRIF Coordination Office) is based on the design of the existing PRIF Secretariat (supported through World Bank) and PIAC (supported through RETA-6522), however the design also incorporates the recommendations of independent evaluations and direction from the SMT.

Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy The technical assistance is being developed and will be implemented through guidance from the Pacific Regional Infrastructure Facility (PRIF), which is a development partner coordination mechanism including Asian Development Bank, Australian Aid - Department of foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), European Union and European Investment Bank (EC/EIB), Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (NZMFAT) and World Bank Group.
Impact The quality of infrastructure investments in the Pacific Islands (PRIF covers twelve Pacific Island countries consisting of Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Niue, Palau, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu) has improved
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome Governments of the Pacific island countries receive comprehensive and coordinated support and TA on infrastructure investments
Progress Toward Outcome Implementation ongoing.
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

1. Improved coordination of PRIF partner infrastructure investments in the Pacific

2. Governments of the Pacific island countries receive technical advice on infrastructure development

Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)

PRIF was launched operationally in April 2013, and the core team of consultants were recruited for the PRIF Coordinating Office (PCO), based in PLCO.

There are 14 ongoing initiatives being implemented for 12 Pacific developing member countries under the TA and 37 active consultant contracts. Approximately $6.6 million has been committed, with $2.5 million disbursement to date.

Geographical Location
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design

(i) Government officials from relevant government agencies and state-owned enterprises in PDMCs, including Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Public Enterprises;

(ii) Private sector entities;

(iii) Civil society organizations including women's and community groups; and

(iv) Development partners active in infrastructure activities in Pacific including the IFC, AUS DFAT, NZMFAT, WB, EC/EIB, JICA; and other bilateral and multilateral development institutions/organizations.

During Project Implementation Same as during the project design with more frequent and in-depth consultations.
Business Opportunities
Consulting Services ADB will be the executing agency for the regional technical assistance. The technical assistance will require a total of 318 person-months international consultants and 168 person-months national consultants to be hired through individual consultant selection (ICS). Six full-time consultants (three international [108 person-months] and three national [108 person-months]) will be recruited as the core team for the PRIF Coordination Office. The core team will be supported by specialized short term consultants (international 210 person-months and national 60 person-months) who will be recruited by a combination of ICS and indefinite delivery contract (IDC). The specialized short-term technical assistance will also be required for specific assignments that result from government demand for analysis, advice, and project preparation in the expected focal subsectors (transport, water, sanitation, solid waste management, energy, and communications). Terms of reference for short-term assignments will be prepared by the PRIF Coordination Office core team and submitted for clearance by the PRIF Management Committee (PMC).
Procurement Equipment and materials financed under the technical assistance will be procured by the PRIF Coordination Office core team in accordance with ADB's Procurement Guidelines (2010, as amended from time to time). Training and workshops will be implemented through the consultants' contracts. The proceeds of the technical assistance will be disbursed in line with ADB's Technical Assistance Disbursement Handbook (2010, as amended from time to time).
Responsible ADB Officer Anthony Maxwell
Responsible ADB Department Pacific Department
Responsible ADB Division Pacific Liaison and Coordination Office in Sydney, Australia
Executing Agencies
Asian Development Bank6 ADB Avenue, Mandaluyong
Metro Manila, Philippines
P.O. Box 789, 1099 Manila,
Philippines
Timetable
Concept Clearance 11 Dec 2012
Fact Finding 18 Dec 2012 to 18 Dec 2012
MRM -
Approval 27 Mar 2013
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 13 Mar 2015

TA 8345-REG

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
27 Mar 2013 - 27 Mar 2013 30 Apr 2016 - -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
1,000,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 1,000,000.00 27 Mar 2013 3,568,120.48

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