The Asian Development Bank is working with Solomon Islands on sweeping transport upgrades designed to deliver safer and more climate-resilient infrastructure and to improve access to markets and services for rural communities.
|Project Name||Sustainable Transport Infrastructure Improvement Program|
|Project Type / Modality of Assistance||Grant
|Source of Funding / Amount||
|Strategic Agendas||Environmentally sustainable growth
Inclusive economic growth
|Drivers of Change||Gender Equity and Mainstreaming
Governance and capacity development
Private sector development
|Sector / Subsector||
Transport / Road transport (non-urban) - Transport policies and institutional development - Urban roads and traffic management
|Gender Equity and Mainstreaming||Effective gender mainstreaming|
|Description||The National Transport Plan (NTP) formally sets out strategic objectives of developing an effective transport infrastructure and transport services to support sustained economic growth and social development in Solomon Islands. The plan provides the framework to develop and maintain transport sector physical infrastructure and services, and improve the capacities of government agencies and the private sector. The National Transport Fund (NTF) serves as a sustainable mechanism to fund the development and maintenance of transport infrastructure and transport services. Of the 1502 km of sealed and unsealed roads, 377 bridges and 81 wharves, NTP targets to rehabilitate these infrastructure assets to maintainable conditions and 100% to be annually maintained by 2030.|
|Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy||
The proposed Asian Development Bank (ADB) assistance will support the Government of Solomon Islands (government) to implement the nationwide program from 2015-2020 to improve its multimodal transport system, including its safety. The program, supporting the priorities of the National Transport Plan (NTP), is a major government initiative that pools funding from the government budget, ADB and the Government of Australia's Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT). It will be for (i) transport infrastructure rehabilitated and maintained to be safe, gender responsive, and climate- and disaster resilient for all users, (ii) country systems strengthened, and competency and capacity of government agencies improved to finance and implement national transport plans, and (iii) Ministry of Infrastructure Development's (MID''s) supervision and management of work program strengthened.
The program will benefit populations in rural and urban areas by strengthening country systems for achieving better transport infrastructure system and intermodal connectivity of national transport infrastructure using the existing mechanisms established through NTP, National Transport Fund (NTF), and MID's Central Project Implementation Unit (CPIU). Improved accessibility and mobility will stimulate growth of the domestic industry, such as agriculture; regional trade, and expansion of socioeconomic opportunities for rural and urban communities. The program will also increase the sustainability of transport infrastructure improvement through a comprehensive sector approach.
Transport sector development is a national priority in the Solomon Islands National Development Strategy, 2011- 2020. Transport is a strategic priority in ADB''s Solomon Islands Country Partnership Strategy 2012 -2016. The Sustainable Transport Infrastructure Improvement Program (STIIP) is included in ADB''s Solomon Islands Country Operations Business Plan 2014 -2016.
The results based lending (RBL) modality is proposed, as it (i) supports the Solomon Islands Government's (SIG''s) medium and long term transport plans; (ii) strengthens country system to deliver the NTP to meet SIG's development goals; and (iii) aligns ADB support with government and other development partner assistance through the NTF. The STIIP provides sector-wide financing of government's transport sector program upon achievement of a set of pre-agreed Disbursement Linked Indicators (DLIs).
|Impact||Sustainable access to socioeconomic opportunities and inclusive growth|
|Description of Outcome||Multimodal transport system efficiency and sustainability improved|
|Progress Toward Outcome||Annual Work Plan for 2019 was approved in August 2018.|
|Description of Project Outputs||
1. Transport infrastructure rehabilitated and maintained with access for all users, safety, gender-responsiveness, and climate- and disaster-resilience improved
2. Country systems strengthened to finance and implement the NTP
3. MID's management and supervision capacity strengthened
|Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)||
Feb 2019 update on the percentage of MID staff whose performance has been reviewed and issues addressed promptly by MID Management using the 4-stage Public Service Performance Management Process: CPIU Director to meet with MID Human Resource Manager to discuss scope of performance reviews for 2019.
Update on the number of MID staff in key core areas, where need has been assessed, increased: By the end of 2018, the recruitment of a Chief Procurement officer, Principle Procurement Officer and Chief/Principle Safeguards Officer has been completed.
Feb 2019 update on the total length of road upgrading contracts over the 5-year work program increased: There is one road investment contract (Honiara New Sealing Works- 5 Roads) which is 4.1 km in length.
There are presently 30 active labour based equipment supported contracts in the 2019 annual work plan of average length 5.8 km.
2016 and 2017 annual financial rate of execution of the NTF work program targets were not achieved. The annual work plan for 2018 targets a rate of $100 million. The achievement as of end of 2018 was SI$103 million. Disbursement for 2019 is forecasted to exceed that of 2018.
Feb 2019 update on regular sampling of verified sex-disaggregated data collected for institutional and program-related information: International Safeguards Advisor to issue the updated Safeguards Procedures Manual in March 2019 for review.
Annual audit for 2016 and 2017 completed.
In 2016, 556.98 km of unsealed roads and 132.22 km of sealed roads were maintained. For 2017, this was verified by an independent technical audit specialist in July 2018. In February 2019, 533 km of unsealed roads and 102 km of sealed roads have been maintained. This figure is subject to verification in 2019.
The target of 10 km of unsealed roads to be upgraded to sealed roads has been achieved by December 2018.
Progress as of February 2019 on the number of wharves reconstructed for safe and gender-responsive access: Malu'u, Gizo, and Kirakira wharves have been reinstated into the 2019 annual work plan for NTF board approval. All three wharves design are ready for tender with construction likely to commence in 2020. All three wharves have incorporated gender responsive design features. One structure is tied to the Kirakira ramp which is with the procurement team for award in 2019.
2018 Q4 update on gender responsive facilities built at appropriate locations: 2 facilities (laundry slabs) have been built along the Mberande-Mbokokimbo Road and is partially complete.
Progress as of February 2019 on the number of locations traffic-calming measures and/or signage implemented in community areas: The feasibility studies, detailed designs, and construction supervision contract to provide inputs by a road safety engineer to audit 5 locations in Honiara for proposed traffic calming measures. Design and documentation to be prepared under a contract variation and works to go on tender in 2019 for construction in 2020.
Government annual contribution to NTF were; 2016: SI$41 million, 2017: SI$40 million, and 2018: SI$40.75 million.
A revised NTP together with a Medium Term Transport Action Plan (MTTAP) was approved in December 2016. In 2017, Safety Procedures Manual (SPM) was being implemented in all subprojects managed by CPIU/MID. The MTTAP has been approved in October 2018 and SPM is continued to be implemented in 2019.
Feb 2019 Update on road classification: To be implemented in 2019, possibly as a variation of the feasibility studies, detailed designs and construction supervision scope under transport economist inputs.
Feb 2019 update on system to analyze, track, and control unit rates of bid price to achieve cost effectiveness: potential to implement scope in 2019 as a variation of the feasibility studies, detailed designs and construction supervision contract.
Feb 2019 update on the percentage of projects screened for design of climate change-resilient infrastructure under the rehabilitation and emergency works sections of the NTF work programs: Potential to implement scope in 2019 as a variation of the feasibility studies, detailed designs and construction supervision contract.
Feb 2019 update on the length of sealed roads subject to safety audit by a third party and recommendations implemented: Potential to implement scope in 2019 as a variation of the feasibility studies, detailed designs and construction supervision contract.
|Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects|
The physical works component of the program will include wharf/road/airfields maintenance and rehabilitation works.
Environmental impacts are expected to be minimal and manageable provided the environmental management plans are properly implemented. This will be the fifth transport infrastructure to be implemented and the capacity of the project management unit in dealing with safeguards matters is improving.
|Involuntary Resettlement||It is not expected to involve significant resettlement impacts, as most subprojects will be existing infrastructures and the rehabilitation works will be undertaken within the existing right of way or on land owned by the government.|
|Indigenous Peoples||Melanesians and Polynesians, who comprise vast majority of the country's population, are native people of Solomon Islands. The program is not expected to have adverse impact on or target any particular group. While separate indigenous peoples planning documents are not needed for the program, it will be ensured that all program components or subprojects will be implemented in a culturally appropriate and participatory manner to meet the needs of various people in the subproject area.|
|Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation|
|During Project Design||The project preparatory Technical Assistance will conduct consultations with potential stakeholders and beneficiaries, while encouraging participations of vulnerable groups, in remote rural and urban areas, through workshops on the social and poverty assessment and the environmental assessment to gauge the effectiveness of the program to improve their quality of life.|
|During Project Implementation||A participation strategy, including identification of key issues affecting program implementation related to infrastructure design and implementation arrangements, community engagement, and effective achievement of poverty reduction objectives, will be developed. Based on the preparation strategy outlining recommendations prior to construction work, good relations will be established with contracted construction workers. The engagement of facilitators (either by the program implementation consultants or construction contractor) will be recommended to assist in drawing up community agreements, negotiate terms of employment (if any) and sale of aggregate (if appropriate); raise awareness of sexually-transmitted diseases (STDs) and HIV/AIDS and environmental protection; and reduce the potential for conflict between communities and construction teams.|
|Responsible ADB Officer||Morsheda, Elma|
|Responsible ADB Department||Pacific Department|
|Responsible ADB Division||Pacific Liaison and Coordination Office in Sydney, Australia|
Ministry of Finance and Treasury
P.O. Box 26
Honiara, Solomon Islands Ministry of Infrastructure Development
PO Box 1213
Honiara, Solomon Islands
|Concept Clearance||16 Dec 2013|
|Fact Finding||09 Feb 2015 to 18 Feb 2015|
|MRM||19 May 2015|
|Approval||27 May 2016|
|Last Review Mission||-|
|Last PDS Update||27 Mar 2019|
|Approval||Signing Date||Effectivity Date||Closing|
|27 May 2016||01 Jul 2016||20 Jul 2016||30 Jun 2021||-||-|
|Financing Plan||Loan Utilization|
|Total (Amount in US$ million)||Date||ADB||Others||Net Percentage|
|Project Cost||55.45||Cumulative Contract Awards|
|ADB||21.00||27 May 2016||11.79||0.00||56%|
|Cofinancing||0.00||27 May 2016||12.53||0.00||60%|
|Approval||Signing Date||Effectivity Date||Closing|
|27 May 2016||23 Jun 2016||23 Jun 2016||31 Dec 2020||-||-|
|Financing Plan/TA Utilization||Cumulative Disbursements|
|0.00||4,500,000.00||0.00||0.00||0.00||0.00||4,500,000.00||27 May 2016||1,620,613.83|
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|Title||Document Type||Document Date|
|Amendment to the Loan Agreement for Loan 3392-SOL: Sustainable Transport Infrastructure Improvement Program||Loan Agreement (Special Operations)||Dec 2018|
|Loan Agreement (Special Operations) for Loan 3392-SOL: Sustainable Transport Infrastructure Improvement Program - Results-based Lending||Loan Agreement (Special Operations)||Jul 2016|
|Sustainable Transport Infrastructure Improvement Program: Gender Action Plan||Gender Action Plans||May 2016|
|Sustainable Transport Infrastructure Improvement Program: Report and Recommendation of the President||Reports and Recommendations of the President||Apr 2016|
Safeguard Documents See also: Safeguards
Safeguard documents provided at the time of project/facility approval may also be found in the list of linked documents provided with the Report and Recommendation of the President.
|Title||Document Type||Document Date|
|Sustainable Transport Infrastructure Improvement Program: Environmental and Social Monitoring Report (January-June 2018)||Environmental and Social Monitoring Reports||Oct 2018|
|Sustainable Transport Infrastructure Improvement Program: Environmental and Social Monitoring Report (July-December 2017)||Environmental and Social Monitoring Reports||Mar 2018|
|Sustainable Transport Infrastructure Improvement Program: Environmental and Social Monitoring Report (January-June 2017)||Environmental and Social Monitoring Reports||Oct 2017|
|Sustainable Transport Infrastructure Improvement Program: Program Safeguard Systems Assessment||Program Safeguard Systems Assessments||Mar 2015|
Evaluation Documents See also: Independent Evaluation
None currently available.
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|Tender Title||Type||Status||Posting Date||Deadline|
|Independent Procurement Auditor||Individual - Consulting||Active||16 Jun 2019||22 Jun 2019|
|Sustainable Transport Infrastructure Improvement Program||Individual - Consulting||Closed||09 May 2019||15 May 2019|
|Independent Design Review Consultants (IDRC)||Firm - Consulting||Closed||09 Jan 2019||29 Jan 2019|
|Recruitment of Consulting Firm - Internal Audit||Firm - Consulting||Closed||07 Dec 2018||05 Jan 2019|
|Recruitment of Consulting Firm - Infrastructure Inventory and Condition Survey||Firm - Consulting||Closed||07 Dec 2018||05 Jan 2019|
|External Financial Audit||Firm - Consulting||Closed||07 Dec 2018||05 Jan 2019|
|Program Lead||Individual - Consulting||Closed||15 Sep 2018||01 Oct 2018|
|International Road Maintenance Engineer||Individual - Consulting||Closed||31 Jul 2018||10 Aug 2018|
|Regional Field Superintendent (2 Numbers) - Re advertisement||Individual - Consulting||Closed||31 Jul 2018||10 Aug 2018|
|Management Accounting and Operations Specialist||Individual - Consulting||Closed||19 May 2018||08 Jun 2018|
|Recruitment of Regional Field Superintendent||Individual - Consulting||Closed||13 Apr 2018||19 Apr 2018|
|Recruitment of Resident Engineer||Individual - Consulting||Closed||12 Apr 2018||18 Apr 2018|
|Procurement and Contract Management Specialist||Individual - Consulting||Closed||21 Mar 2018||27 Mar 2018|
|Recruitment of Consulting Firm - Independent Procurement Audit||Firm - Consulting||Closed||03 Mar 2018||03 Apr 2018|
|Recruitment of Consulting Firm - Review of Maintenance Works Supervision & Contract Management in Solomon Islands||Firm - Consulting||Closed||03 Mar 2018||03 Apr 2018|
|Recruitment of Road Maintenance Engineer||Individual - Consulting||Closed||23 Feb 2018||01 Mar 2018|
|Conduct of Feasibility Studies Detailed Design and Construction Supervision||Firm - Consulting||Closed||23 Oct 2017||06 Dec 2017|
|Program Lead||Individual - Consulting||Closed||05 Sep 2017||18 Sep 2017|
|Conduct of Geotechnical Investigation||Firm - Consulting||Closed||12 Aug 2017||24 Aug 2017|
|Recruitment of Baseline Survey Specialist||Individual - Consulting||Closed||29 Jun 2017||05 Jul 2017|
|Recruitment of Technical Audit Specialist||Individual - Consulting||Closed||29 Jun 2017||05 Jul 2017|
|Contract Title||Approval Number||Contract Date||Contractor||Contractor Address||Executing Agency||Contract Description||Total Contract Amount (US$)||Contract Amount Financed by ADB (US$)|
|DLI 1: LENGTH OF SEALED AND MAJOR UNSEALED ROADS E FFECTIVELY MAINTAINED ANNUALLY 2016||Loan 3392||13 Dec 2017||VARIOUS||VARIOUS SOLOMON ISLANDS||Ministry of Infrastructure Development||OTHERS||1,223,058.00||1,223,058.00|
|ACHIEVEMENT OF DLI 3: GOVERNMENT COUNTERPART CONTR IBUTION FOR THE 2016||Loan 3392||11 Dec 2017||VARIOUS||HONIARA SOLOMON ISLANDS SOLOMON ISLANDS||Ministry of Infrastructure Development||OTHERS||1,068,939.00||1,068,939.00|
|DLI 3: GOVERNMENT COUNTERPART CONTRIBUTION FOR THE 2017||Loan 3392||11 Dec 2017||VARIOUS||VARIOUS SOLOMON ISLANDS||Ministry of Infrastructure Development||OTHERS||1,068,939.00||1,068,939.00|
None currently available.