TA Letter Agreement signed by Government on 30 October 2007.
GHD Pty Ltd. Australia has been first-ranked. Contract negotiations were conducted and finalized on 7-8 April. Based on results of the negotiations, consultants commenced on or about 21 April 2008.
Inception Mission was undertaken from 2 to 7 June 2008 to review implementation progress and consult with stakeholders. Inception Workshop was held on 5 June 2008. Consultant team has been fully established with both international and national consultants, and is working quickly and effectively on the analysis and design of the proposed Domestic Maritime Support Project.
TA completion date extended to 30 April 2010 to coincide with consultant's contract completion date and give allowance for further activities related to the financial closing of the project.
A Project Steering Committee (PSC) has been established, chaired by MID. The PSC has met three times on the following dates: 16 Jun 2008, 28 Jul 2008, and 21 Aug 2008. The last PSC meeting also served as the wrap-up meeting for the ADB Grant Fact-Finding Mission.
A fact-finding mission for Component 1 was fielded by ADB on 11-22 August 2008. The consultant is working towards bringing all Component 1 activities to a close in time to permit submission of the Component 1 draft Final Report by 30 September 2008.
Draft Final Report for Component 1 was received on 28 November 2008.
Final Report for Project Preparatory component was received and approved on 27 January 2009.
Advisory component of TA still ongoing. Consultants for advisory component were fielded in mid-September 2008.
Review Mission fielded 9-13 March 2009.
Midterm Progress Report was received on 24 June 2009. Advisory component progress was reported as 20% complete.
Review Mission fielded 23 June to 2 July 2009.
Review Mission fielded 19-29 October 2009 to review implementation progress of asset management improvements.
Review Mission fielded 8-18 February 2010 to review overall progress. The overall project was approximately 70% complete. Due to the resignation of the previous TL/Transport Planner, the National Transport Plan updating process had been stagnant until the position was filled in February 2010. The TA needed to be extended from 30 April 2010 to 31 July 2010 (physical completion) and 30 September 2010 (financial account close).
A Review mission visited Honiara on 2-8 July 2010 to attend workshop introducing the National Trasnport Plan (NTP) updating process and prioritization framework to stakeholders, and discuss identified problems and seek counter-measures related to TA implementation. Due to absence of a team leader, the development of prioritization methodology was delayed for more than 4 months. A new team leader was finally mobilized in June. Due to the delay, the TA was extended from 30 April to 30 November 2010. The management of infrastructure asset data and its appropriate use are critical for building a better project implementation environment under a future project. MID, Project Management Unit, and ADB decided to revisit the Asset Manager position issue and determine direction of asset mgmt system implementation in August.
In August, MID appointed am Asset Manager who will operate an asset management system and produce information for developing a transport investment program and started procurement process for implementing the system.
GHD submitted its September 2010 Quarterly Progress Report on 24 September 2010.
The TA completion date was extended to 31 July 2011. Final report from the consultant is expected on or before 31 May 2011.
The final draft NTP and 3 Year Transport Sector Action Plan were submitted to MID for Cabinet approval on 11 October 2010.
GHD submitted MID Training Needs Assessment and Training Plan on 3 December 2010.
Consultants have started providing a series of training according to the training plan since February 2011.