ADB has joined a recently-formed partnership with AusAID, NZAID, and the World Bank to create a Pacific Region Infrastructure Facility (PRIF) for coordination and finance of technical assistance and investments. Two of the three strategic objectives of the Pacific Strategy include key results areas related to infrastructure provision: (i) enhancing the supply of quality basic social services through increased resources and capacity to deliver; and (ii) supporting a conducive environment for the private sector through improved provision, operation, maintenance, and regulation of infrastructure. The third strategic objective of promoting effective development processes specifies enhanced development partner coordination and harmonization as a key result area.
|Project Name||Establishment of the Pacific Infrastructure Advisory Center|
|Project Type / Modality of Assistance||Technical Assistance
|Source of Funding / Amount||
|Strategic Agendas||Regional integration
|Drivers of Change||Governance and capacity development
Private sector development
|Sector / Subsector||
Energy / Energy sector development and institutional reform
Transport / Transport policies and institutional development
Water and other urban infrastructure and services / Urban water supply
|Gender Equity and Mainstreaming|
|Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy||ADB has joined a recently-formed partnership with AusAID, NZAID, and the World Bank to create a Pacific Region Infrastructure Facility (PRIF) for coordination and finance of technical assistance and investments. Two of the three strategic objectives of the Pacific Strategy include key results areas related to infrastructure provision: (i) enhancing the supply of quality basic social services through increased resources and capacity to deliver; and (ii) supporting a conducive environment for the private sector through improved provision, operation, maintenance, and regulation of infrastructure. The third strategic objective of promoting effective development processes specifies enhanced development partner coordination and harmonization as a key result area. Establishment of a Pacific Infrastructure Advisory Center (PIAC) to coordinate technical assistance (TA), provide policy advice, and support capacity development to develop and implement PRIF-funded interventions will address all three strategic objectives.|
|Impact||PICs will plan and implement appropriate and sustainable infrastructure and services that support achievement of national development goals.|
|Description of Outcome||High-quality strategies, policies, regulations, and project designs suitable for future coordinated and harmonized assistance by PRIF partner agencies and other stakeholders for loans, grants, and private sector participation|
|Progress Toward Outcome||
TA improved sector plans linked to capital and recurrent budgets in Tonga, Samoa, and Nauru and has been developing the plans in Tuvalu and Vanuatu.
TA strengthened regulatory and operational capacity especially in Solomon Islands.
PRIF partner agencies have been holding a number of meetings of Infrastructure Working Group (IWG) and Senior Management Team (SMT) to jointly review progress of activities under the TA.
|Description of Project Outputs||
Establishment of the PIAC
Policy advice for improvement of infrastructure sector frameworks
Short-term technical advice and support
Preparation of TA and investment proposals
Development of a coordination network and plan between development partners and governments
|Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)||
All staff (Manager, Deputy Manager, Operations Officer) have been engaged and mobilized.
Contracts of the consultants for the Pacific Infrastructure Advisory Center (PIAC) have been extended until 30 September 2012 to continue activities under the TA until the management unit is established and ready to take on these tasks.
|Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects|
|Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation|
|During Project Design||PRIF partner agencies discussed goal, purpose and objectives, and governance and administration arrangements to develop project design while taking into account Pacific Islands Countries (PICs)' needs.|
|During Project Implementation||
PRIF partner agencies hold periodical IWG and SMT meetings to undertake joint analysis for planning agreed assistance programs.
If there is a request for PRIF assistance from PICs, PIAC consults with governments, coordinates technical assistance, provides policy advice, and supports capacity development to develop and implement PRIF-funded interventions. The implementation of the technical assistance and interventions will be determined by PRIF partner agencies.
In 2009, ADB recruited a core team of two international consultants (up to 36 person-months) and two national consultants (up to 36 person-months) to support the initial identification, procurement and mobilization of the technical assistance.
ADB will recruit international consultants (up to 187 person-months) and national consultants (up to 202 person-months), including the core PIAC team, by 30 September 2012.
|Responsible ADB Officer||Muramoto, Shigehiko|
|Responsible ADB Department||Pacific Department|
|Responsible ADB Division||Transport, Energy and Natural Resources Division, PARD|
Asian Development Bank
6 ADB Avenue,
Mandaluyong City 1550, Philippines
|Concept Clearance||10 Dec 2008|
|Approval||08 Jan 2009|
|Last Review Mission||-|
|PDS Creation Date||12 Dec 2008|
|Last PDS Update||21 Dec 2011|
|Approval||Signing Date||Effectivity Date||Closing|
|08 Jan 2009||-||08 Jan 2009||30 Jun 2010||31 Dec 2013||-|
|Financing Plan/TA Utilization||Cumulative Disbursements|
|0.00||7,028,000.00||600,000.00||0.00||0.00||0.00||7,628,000.00||08 Jan 2009||6,163,914.26|
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|Title||Document Type||Document Date|
|Establishment of the Pacific Infrastructure Advisory Center||TA Completion Reports||Jul 2014|
|Establishment of the Pacific Infrastructure Advisory Center: Final Report||Consultants' Reports||Mar 2014|
|Establishment of the Pacific Infrastructure Advisory Center (Financed by the Government of Australia)||Technical Assistance Reports||Dec 2008|
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