Kiribati: Enhancing Economic Competitiveness through State-Owned Enterprise Reform

Sovereign Project | 46511-001 Status: Active


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Project Name Enhancing Economic Competitiveness through State-Owned Enterprise Reform
Project Number 46511-001
Country Kiribati
Project Status Active
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 8478-KIR: Enhancing Economic Competitiveness through State-Owned Enterprise Reform
Japan Fund for Poverty Reduction US$ 800,000.00
TA 8478-KIR: Enhancing Economic Competitiveness through State-Owned Enterprise Reform (Supplementary)
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 222,000.00
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Governance and capacity development
Private sector development
Sector / Subsector

Public sector management - Economic affairs management - Reforms of state owned enterprises

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

Project Outcome

Description of Outcome
Progress Toward Outcome Since inception that TA has provided advised Cabinet on the three SOEs it had identified for rationalization. The TA has also run the first workshop on financial management tageting SOE Financial Managers and CEOs.
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs
Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)

January 2016 progress:

1. The shipyard PPP concession is close to settlement.

2. Work on outer islands shipping has progressed to the stage of having identified

issues and options. Work completed included a review of the existing government-owned vessel. This review has concluded that the vessel is not in a suitable

state of repair, is unfit for the purpose it is being used and should be disposed of by GoK. A discussion document is being drafted for consultation in early 2016. Detailed design of recommended solutions will be undertaken in the first quarter of 2016.

3. Progress on reform of PVU has been slow, but the PVU advisory committee should

soon be able to make the difficult decisions on staffing levels and desired rental prices that are the prerequisite for implementation. The TA will assist with implementation once these decisions have been taken.

4. Field work on merger of the two copra companies to form a new SOE was completed in October 2015. The TA will need to continue to support implementation of the new processes as well as the transfer of Assistant Treasurers from the Ministry of Internal

Affairs to the SOE.

5. New Government in place following recent elections.

Geographical Location

Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects

Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design During Project Design, ADB consulted the Ministry of Finance and the SOE Monitoring Unit, the SOE Reform Steering Committee and Kiribati Development Partners.
During Project Implementation The review missions will consult the different stakeholders to update members on progress of the TA.

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Consulting Services

Consulting services will support the three outputs of this technical assistance (TA).

The team leader, who will be a state-owned enterprise (SOE) reform specialist, will supervise the TA. The consultants will work closely together to ensure the TA is in line with the proposed scope. The TA will work closely with 3 SOEs, which the government will select from the 23 SOEs.

Consulting services will include:

i) SOE reform specialist and team leader (international, 10 person-months, intermittent);

ii) SOE legal specialist (international, 4 person-months, intermittent);

iii) SOE accounting specialist (international, 3 person-months, intermittent);

iv) Capacity building specialist (international, 3 person-months, intermittent); and

v) SOE specialist (national, 10 person-months, intermittent).

Procurement Financed by Japan Fund for Poverty Reduction-US$800,000.

Responsible Staff

Responsible ADB Officer Malie Lototele
Responsible ADB Department Pacific Department
Responsible ADB Division Pacific Subregional Office in Suva, Fiji
Executing Agencies
Ministry of Finance and Economic Development
P.O. Box 67
Bairiki, Tarawa


Concept Clearance 10 Jun 2013
Fact Finding 29 Jul 2013 to 01 Aug 2013
Approval -
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 29 Mar 2016

TA 8478-KIR

Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
08 Oct 2013 21 Oct 2013 21 Oct 2013 31 Dec 2016 31 Mar 2017 -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
222,000.00 800,000.00 80,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 1,102,000.00 08 Oct 2013 696,334.97

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