Papua New Guinea: Pilot Border Trade and Investment Development Project

Sovereign Project | 42135-013 Status: Active

ADB is helping Papua New Guinea (PNG) improve its border facilities with neighboring Indonesian province, Papua. The project will remove the infrastructure bottlenecks between West Sepik province in PNG and Papua province, and help develop policies and institutions conducive to private sector investment. It will also provide business skills training and implement a social development program.

Project Details

Project Officer
Hill, David J. Pacific Department Request for information
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Loan
  • Industry and trade
Project Name Pilot Border Trade and Investment Development Project
Project Number 42135-013
Country Papua New Guinea
Project Status Active
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Loan
Source of Funding / Amount
Loan 2591-PNG: Pilot Border Trade and Investment Development Project
concessional ordinary capital resources lending / Asian Development Fund US$ 25.00 million
TA 7393-PNG: Pilot Border Trade and Investment Development Project
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 900,000.00
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Regional integration
Drivers of Change Governance and capacity development
Sector / Subsector

Industry and trade - Trade and services

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Some gender elements
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

Project Outcome

Description of Outcome
Progress Toward Outcome

New Border administration office complex and staff housing completed by 2015 and new facilities handed over to BDA. BDA still to confirm with NEC, the date for official opening of the new border facilities. The date may coincide with completion of Indonesia's new border monument which is expected to be completed in October 2016.

Conclusion of supervision consultant, Alexander & Lloyd contract also in end Oct 2014. Consultant prepared a operations and maintenance manual for new border facilities including the houses and office complex.

BDA held a second border management agencies meeting in Vanimo in Nov 2014. Following the workshop, BDA and senior officials from selected border administration agencies undertook a study tour of the GMS countries namely; Cambodia, Lao PR, Thailand and Vietnam in November 2015. The officials visited similar border posts and met with GMS countries border officials.

ADB approved in July 2016, the TCR for TA 7393-PNG: Trade and Investment Institutional Strengthening.

BDA's Project Director resigned from BDA in August 2016. BDA Executive Chairman acting as PD until a permanent appointment is made in October 2016.

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

(i) New Border Administration Complex contract signed in July 2012 and completed in October 2014. New buildings fully furnished.

New staff housing contract signed in December 2011 and construction completed in March 2013. EA issued taking over certificate to the Contractor in April 2013. The 37 houses are fully furnished. BDA allocated new houses to border agencies who's staff will be leaving and working at Wutung.

BDA signed the Design and Consultancy Supervision contract in July 2012. Consultant contract ended in October 2014.

(ii) The Investment Policy Advisor submitted the final Mid-Term Report to DCI and BDA in December 2012.

(iii) A telecommunication advisor submitted his final Study for Telecommunication Strategy for WSP to BDA and DCI in June 2011. BDA & DCI presented the recommendations of the report to the Project Steering Committee to share with other relevant stakeholders & government agencies to decide on the most effective communication system for new Border facilities.

(iv) BDA established the provincial management office at Vanimo, WSP Provincial Administration. The previous Field Project Manager was replaced in March 2016 since his passing due to poor health.

(v) BDA signed the contracts for the Business Volunteer and Training Specialist in June 2012 and both consultants mobilized in the same month. The business volunteer helped the Wutung communities with developing of business development plans based on opportunities at the border post. A total of 105 participants received various skills training.

(vi) BDA, with the support of financial consultant, has developed Modified Conditional Cash Transfers (MCCT) guidelines to implement the Social Development Program. ADB approved these guidelines in July 2011. Implementation of the following five interventions under the SDP is in Progress. BDA revised the implementation process for several interventions to make them more community responsive.

(1) Power Connection for Wutung Village Household: Original scope of intervention was to supply and install MSKs. However, BDA found that all existing lines needed upgrading before private lines could be connected to the MSKs. To date, only 15 houses are connected. Additional poles and lines were mobilized to site to connect the rest of the houses.

(2) Sanitation: The project will construct shared septic tanks and toilets to improve the environment and people's health. BDA purchased and transported the construction materials to Wutung. 8 blocks constructed. BDA to confirm with LOs the actual sites for additional five to be constructed

(3) Provision of School Fee Subsidy to at-risk children: Under this intervention, BDA provides financial assistance to at-risk children to encourage them to attend school up to grade 8. BDA has made payments to 488 at-risk children since March 2012. (4) Financial assistance to pregnant women for regular check-ups: Under this the project will assist pregnant mothers to go for medical check-ups. BDA has made payments to 22 pregnant mothers since March 2012. Due to the traveling distance and associated problems, the community has agreed with BDA to renovate existing aid post in the village to provide clinical facilities for the pregnant mothers and also the whole community. The design and scoping of the Aipost was completed in consultation with the health authorities. BDA to commence construction after confirming contract arrangements and land issues with LOs.

Geographical Location Papua New Guinea

Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects

Environmental Aspects No major issue identified.
Involuntary Resettlement The project will not cause loss of housing, strips of land, crops, trees or other fixed assets. Consultation with stakeholders ongoing.
Indigenous Peoples No major issue identified.
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design Extensive consultations with the relevant government agencies, provincial administration and project beneficiaries and potential affected parties have been carried out during project designs under project preparatory technical assistance.
During Project Implementation Development of the investment legislation and telecommunication strategy for WSP will require further consultations with PNG national and provincial government, Papua provincial government of Indonesia, business communities on both sides, and donor agencies. Capacity building will also require stakeholder consultation and participation to (i) select training programs, (ii) select training institutes, and (iii) define candidate selection criteria.

Business Opportunities

Consulting Services International and national consulting services will be required for (i) support to BDA and the PMO in the area of contract management, investment and tourism promotion, capacity development, and socioeconomic monitoring; (ii) construction supervision and environment monitoring; and (iii) HIV/AIDS prevention. The Project will fund a total of 350 person-months of consulting services (128 international; 222 national).
Procurement Civil works will be divided into two packages and will follow international competitive bidding (ICB) single-stage, one-envelope procedures, as the cost estimates for both contracts exceed $3 million-the ICB threshold for PNG. Equipment is grouped into eight packages. ICB will be followed for contracts estimated above $500,000. Contracts below $100,000 will following shopping procedures. National competitive bidding will be used for contracts between $100,000 and $500,000.

Responsible Staff

Responsible ADB Officer Hill, David J.
Responsible ADB Department Pacific Department
Responsible ADB Division Papua New Guinea Resident Mission
Executing Agencies
Border Development Authority
Somare Crescent-NDB Building
PO Box 216, WAIGANI 131
National Capital Dist., Papua New Guinea


Concept Clearance -
Fact Finding -
Approval -
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 29 Sep 2016

Loan 2591-PNG

Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
27 Nov 2009 28 Jan 2010 26 Mar 2010 30 Jun 2018 - -
Financing Plan Loan Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 25.00 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 25.00 27 Nov 2009 23.09 0.00 98%
Counterpart 0.00 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 0.00 27 Nov 2009 21.82 0.00 93%
Status of Covenants
Category Sector Safeguards Social Financial Economic Others
Rating - Satisfactory Satisfactory Satisfactory - Satisfactory

TA 7393-PNG

Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
27 Nov 2009 04 Jan 2010 04 Jan 2010 31 Dec 2014 31 Dec 2015 -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
900,000.00 0.00 160,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 1,060,000.00 27 Nov 2009 862,623.62

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Contracts Awarded

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