Solomon Islands: Transport Sector Development Project

Sovereign Project | 41171-022 Status: Active


ADB is helping Solomon Islands upgrade its land, sea, and air transport infrastructure to support economic activities and social service delivery. The project will focus on infrastructure prioritized in the National Transport Plan, and assist the Ministry of Infrastructure and Development in forming a central project implementation unit and in improving technical and managerial capacity.

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Project Name Transport Sector Development Project
Project Number 41171-022
Country Solomon Islands
Project Status Active
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Grant
Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
Grant 0243-SOL: Transport Sector Development Project
Concessional ordinary capital resources / Asian Development Fund US$ 12.00 million
TA 7715-SOL: Supporting Transport Sector Development
Japan Fund for Poverty Reduction US$ 800,000.00
Grant: Transport Sector Development Project
Government of Australia US$ 30.00 million
New Zealand Grant US$ 30.00 million
Strategic Agendas Environmentally sustainable growth
Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Governance and capacity development
Sector / Subsector

Transport - Transport policies and institutional development

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Effective gender mainstreaming
Description The project will improve access to socioeconomic opportunities by rehabilitating and maintaining land, sea, and air transport infrastructure. Solomon Islands has been offered significant parallel grant cofinancing from the governments of Australia and New Zealand but has insufficient capacity to plan and implement the necessary civil works. The project will therefore strengthen transport sector institutions by establishing a central project implementation unit (CPIU) to reform the government's institutional structure, implement civil works, and conduct technical and managerial capacity development. In doing so, the project will prepare an environment for a comprehensive transport sector-based approach based on long-term partnerships, sector coordination, and reliance on government systems. Through close cooperation with other development partners, the project will support the government in efficiently implementing all externally funded assistance to the transport sector.
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy The economy is at a disadvantage given the dispersed population, limited resources, and relatively high cost of providing remote communities with the infrastructure and basic services to stimulate productivity gains. The urban rural divide is increasing between the population living in and around the capital city of Honiara and the majority of the population living in rural communities on outer islands. The weak and poorly maintained transport infrastructure constrains economic growth and limits its inclusiveness. Improved transport infrastructure is expected to strengthen growth, improve access to basic social services in rural areas, build rural economies, and increase geographic equity.
Impact The people of Solomon Islands have improved access to socioeconomic opportunities.

Project Outcome

Description of Outcome MID provides sustainable transport infrastructure.
Progress Toward Outcome The project is now winding down and 100% complete. Final invoices and payments are due before the financial closing date 31 December 2016.
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

The central project implementation unit (CPIU) provides efficient and effective project implementation and management.

Transport infrastructure prioritized in the National Transport Plan (NTP) is rehabilitated and maintained.

MID's technical and managerial capacity is sufficient.

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

89% of planned investment of SBD263

million in 2011-2012 NTF-approved work

plan; remains on target

33% (2013)

On target

33% [17 females out of 52 total] (2015)

8,969 person-months as of May 2015,

almost 9 times the target; 63% female

Roads: Based on 2014 and 2015 work

plan: Machine- based, 16 contracts [142.4

km] awarded and implementation in

progress, 3 contracts [34.8 km] at

tendering, 20 contracts [273 km] planned.

LBES, 118 contracts [679.7 km] awarded

and implementation in progress, 21

contracts [122.9 km] at tendering, 7

contracts [51 km] planned

Wharves: 6 contracts [17 wharves]

awarded and implementation in

progress, 34 wharves at tendering, 1 on


Target surpassed at the end of 2013. All MID staff attended at least one training activity from project start to end 2013.

Target surpassed at the end of 2013. 3 female MID staff received formal off the job training in at least one competency during Q2. An additional 3 female staff received on the job training during Q2.

2 completed graduate diplomas in Highway engineering.

3 completed Certificate IV in Project Management Practice

15 [1 female] for Certificate IV training in Feb and June 2015; 29 [2 female] for all certificate training

On target.

On target.

Target was reduced from 15 to 10 at MTR. Two on distance learning. Provision of Certificate IV training services awarded and training for 9 MID staff started in Nov 2014 and remains in progress.

Target was reduced from 700 to 400 at MTR.

875 received workshop [119% past the target], 22.4% women

Geographical Location Solomon Islands

Safeguard Categories

Environment B
Involuntary Resettlement B
Indigenous Peoples C

Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects

Environmental Aspects Given the subprojects prioritized in the NTP, civil works are not likely to result in any significant adverse environmental impact, and potential environmental impacts can be adequately mitigated and monitored. An environmental assessment and review framework presents the general anticipated environmental impacts of the sector project, selection criteria, and environmental procedures for future subprojects. An initial environmental examination incorporating an environmental management and monitoring plan was prepared for each of the two sample subprojects for road and airstrip rehabilitation. The project is classified as environment category B.
Involuntary Resettlement The project is not expected to entail significant resettlement impacts, as anticipated subprojects will involve existing infrastructure and rehabilitation works can be undertaken within the existing right-of-way or on land owned by the government. While the sample subprojects studied do not require land acquisition, some subsequent subprojects or activities may involve minor land acquisition and resettlement impacts, which can be identified only during implementation. If such impacts are identified, the government will prepare resettlement plans for such subprojects according to the resettlement framework for the project. The project's involuntary resettlement classification is category B.
Indigenous Peoples Melanesians are the native people of Solomon Islands and comprise the vast majority of the population. The project is not expected to have any negative impact on indigenous peoples. While a separate indigenous peoples plan is not needed, all project components or subprojects will be implemented in a culturally appropriate and participatory manner to meet the needs of the population. The project's indigenous peoples classification is category C.
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design

ADB consulted with the Solomon Islands Government and development partners, including Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, European Commission, JICA, New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and World Bank, to develop project design during the implementation of a project preparatory technical assistance and a fact-finding mission.

PPTA team visited two sample subproject areas (i.e., St. Martin Road in Honiara and Gizo airstrip) and consulted with peoplesin the areas to analyze environment, and poverty and social issues.

During Project Implementation

Business Opportunities

Consulting Services The CPIU will be responsible for design and day-to-day implementation, financial management, monitoring and evaluation, and development and implementation of training. The CPIU will be established by mobilizing international and national consultants to support MID's existing technical and managerial capacity. Consulting firms will be retained for these services, in accordance with ADB's Guidelines on the Use of Consultants (2010, as amended from time to time). Throughout project implementation, international consultants will be tasked to strengthen the capacity of the CPIU through coaching and on-the-job training of government professional and technical staff and national consultants. Outline terms of reference are in the PAM. Procurement and disbursement for the services will follow ADB's policy and guidelines.
Procurement Procurement and disbursement for civil works and formal training programs to be financed by other development partners will follow government systems. MID will procure a number of packages for civil works and formal training programs through the government's procurement procedure, including central tender board, ministerial tender board, and accountable officer procedures. CPIU will assist MID in procuring and administering contracts. ADB's Safeguard Policy Statement (2009) will apply to all civil works. The implementation arrangements are summarized in the Project Administration Manual.

Responsible Staff

Responsible ADB Officer Indrawansa, P.P.G.P.P.
Responsible ADB Department Pacific Department
Responsible ADB Division Pacific Liaison and Coordination Office in Sydney, Australia
Executing Agencies
Ministry of Infrastructure Development
PO Box 1213
Honiara, Solomon Islands


Concept Clearance 11 Aug 2010
Fact Finding 12 Aug 2010 to 27 Aug 2010
MRM 21 Sep 2010
Approval 15 Dec 2010
Last Review Mission -
PDS Creation Date 07 May 2010
Last PDS Update 22 Sep 2016

Grant 0243-SOL

Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
15 Dec 2010 06 Apr 2011 05 Jul 2011 31 Jul 2016 31 Dec 2016 -
Financing Plan Grant Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 24.50 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 12.00 15 Dec 2010 12.00 0.00 100%
Counterpart 12.50 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 0.00 15 Dec 2010 11.94 0.00 99%
Status of Covenants
Category Sector Safeguards Social Financial Economic Others
Rating - Satisfactory Satisfactory Satisfactory - Satisfactory

TA 7715-SOL

Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
15 Dec 2010 01 Feb 2011 01 Feb 2011 28 Feb 2014 30 Jun 2016 -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
0.00 800,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 800,000.00 15 Dec 2010 760,823.40
Status of Covenants
Category Sector Safeguards Social Financial Economic Others
Rating - Satisfactory Satisfactory Satisfactory - Satisfactory

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