The project will increase aviation security and safety in member countries by ensuring that laws, regulations, technical documentation, and procedures are current, compliant with ICAO requirements, and harmonized across the region. A fragmented system will be replaced with a consistent and proactive operating environment, thus improving security and safety and reducing costs. It will create economies of scale that allow PASO to become financially self-sustaining, while at the same time lowering costs and improving service quality.
|Project Name||Institutional Strengthening for Aviation Regulation|
|Project Type / Modality of Assistance||Technical Assistance
|Source of Funding / Amount||
|Strategic Agendas||Inclusive economic growth
|Drivers of Change||Governance and capacity development
|Sector / Subsector||
Transport - Air transport
|Gender Equity and Mainstreaming||No gender elements|
|Description||The project will increase aviation security and safety in member countries by ensuring that laws, regulations, technical documentation, and procedures are current, compliant with ICAO requirements, and harmonized across the region. A fragmented system will be replaced with a consistent and proactive operating environment, thus improving security and safety and reducing costs. It will create economies of scale that allow PASO to become financially self-sustaining, while at the same time lowering costs and improving service quality.|
|Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy||
The Pacific Aviation Safety Office (PASO) was established by an Asian Development Bank (ADB) regional loan in 2005 to provide safety and security oversight to the aviation sector. The organization has 13 member countries: Australia, Cook Islands, Fiji Islands, Kiribati, Nauru, New Zealand, Niue, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu. PASO's core responsibilities are to provide oversight and advice on (i) aerodrome security and safety, (ii) flight operations, (iii) airworthiness of aircraft, and (iv) personnel licensing. Overall strategy, policy, and problem resolution is provided by a Council of Directors that represents member governments and includes advisers from the aviation industry, multilateral agencies, and established safety oversight authorities.
All developing member countries of PASO have acceded to the Pacific Islands Aviation Safety and Security Treaty, which requires regulatory harmonization. In order to maximize the efficiency and effectiveness of PASO operations and create a least-cost operating environment for airlines, the legislation and regulations of member countries must be harmonized to create a common inspection regime and common compliance protocols. The technical assistance (TA) will assist developing member countries of PASO to update and harmonize their legislation and regulations. The TA will also examine the financial performance and revenue model of PASO with respect to both its fee structure and member countries' aviation revenue base, and assist PASO to refine its management systems to ensure sustainability.
|Impact||PASO member countries achieve increased aviation safety and security.|
|Description of Outcome||PASO member countries apply harmonized national aviation legislation and regulations.|
|Progress Toward Outcome||All PASO member countries have acceded to the Pacific Island Aviation Safety and Security Treaty, which requires regulatory harmonization.|
|Description of Project Outputs||
Detailed drafting instructions, legal advice, and model frameworks for revisions to national aviation laws and regulations are produced.
PASO member countries have the ability to generate sufficient revenues for oversight.
PASO achieves financial sustainability.
A comprehensive audit of PASO financial performance is completed.
|Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)||To be assessed later.|
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
|Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation|
|During Project Design||The PASO Council of Directors - the governing body comprising representatives of each member government - has been closely involved in drafting the proposed TA through regular review missions related to the ongoing project, and has agreed to the impact, outcome, outputs, implementation arrangements, cost, financing arrangements, and terms of reference. The proposal has also been the subject of consultations with government and airlines through previous regional TA and presentations to the Association of South Pacific Airlines; and has been coordinated closely with external agencies active in the Pacific aviation sector, including the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), the United States Federal Aviation Agency, the Australian Civil Aviation Safety Authority, the New Zealand Civil Aviation Authority, and the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat.|
|During Project Implementation||Consultations will be held with government and industry stakeholders. To ensure ownership and cooperation, PASO will provide initial and follow-up briefings and conduct training for the officials and management of the CAAs, airlines, and airpors of member countries on the new safety and security systems and the inspection, surveillance, and certification programs they require.|
|Consulting Services||About 27 person-months of international consulting services and 39 person-months of national consulting services will be required. Consultants will be engaged for the positions of an international aviation legal specialist, a number of national legal advisers to be determined, two international regulatory specialists, and an international financial management specialist. Consultants will be engaged through a firm, using quality- and cost-based selection (QCBS) procedures with an 80:20 weighting and based on simplified technical proposals. In addition, a national specialist will be engaged as an individual consultant to conduct a financial audit. All consultants will be engaged in accordance with ADB's Guidelines on the Use of Consultants (2010, as amended from time to time).|
|Responsible ADB Officer||Muramoto, Shigehiko|
|Responsible ADB Department||Pacific Department|
|Responsible ADB Division||Transport, Energy and Natural Resources Division, PARD|
|Concept Clearance||26 Nov 2010|
|Fact Finding||29 Nov 2010 to 03 Dec 2010|
|Approval||09 Dec 2010|
|Last Review Mission||-|
|PDS Creation Date||24 Nov 2010|
|Last PDS Update||02 Sep 2011|
|Approval||Signing Date||Effectivity Date||Closing|
|09 Dec 2010||-||09 Dec 2010||31 Dec 2013||30 Apr 2014||-|
|Financing Plan/TA Utilization||Cumulative Disbursements|
|900,000.00||0.00||0.00||0.00||0.00||0.00||900,000.00||09 Dec 2010||657,109.62|
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|Title||Document Type||Document Date|
|Institutional Strengthening for Aviation Regulation: Technical Assistance Completion Report||Technical Assistance Reports||Jun 2015|
|Institutional Strengthening for Aviation Regulation: Consultant's Report||Consultants' Reports||Feb 2014|
|Institutional Strengthening for Aviation Regulation||Technical Assistance Reports||Dec 2010|
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