46499-002: Sustainable Transport Infrastructure Improvement Program | Asian Development Bank

Solomon Islands: Sustainable Transport Infrastructure Improvement Program

Sovereign (Public) Project | 46499-002 Status: Active

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 Details

Project Officer
Salgado, Nissanka Amila Buddika Pacific Department Request for information
  • Solomon Islands
  • Grant
  • Loan
  • Technical Assistance
  • Transport
Project Name Sustainable Transport Infrastructure Improvement Program
Project Number 46499-002
Country Solomon Islands
Project Status Active
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Grant
Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
Grant: Sustainable Transport Infrastructure Improvement Program
Government of Australia US$ 23.35 million
Loan 3392-SOL: Sustainable Transport Infrastructure Improvement Program
concessional ordinary capital resources lending / Asian Development Fund US$ 21.00 million
TA 9119-SOL: Strengthening the Capacity of the Ministry of Infrastructure Development
Government of Australia US$ 4.50 million
Strategic Agendas Environmentally sustainable growth
Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Gender Equity and Mainstreaming
Governance and capacity development
Knowledge solutions
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 NTP formally sets out strategic objective 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 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) 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, NTF, and CPIU. Improved accessibility and mobility will stimulate growth of 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 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 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 National Transport Fund (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
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome Multimodal transport system efficiency and sustainability improved
Progress Toward Outcome Annual Work plan for 2018 was approved by the National Transport Board in January 2018, and procurement is ongoing.
Implementation Progress
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)

MID requested further support in the HRM area. The draft TOR has been prepared and need further consultations with MID to finalize.

Recruitment of one procurement officers, and one safeguards officers completed. The recruitment of the other procurement officer is ongoing and will be completed by Quarter 2 2018.

Is under review.

LBES review will be undertaken during 2018.

2016 target was not achieved. The Annual Work Plan for 2017 targets a rate of $100 million. The achievement as of end December 2017 was SI$52 million.


2016: 556.98 km unsealed roads and 132.22 km of sealed roads verified by an independent technical audit specialist

2017: subject to verification by April 2018

2017: subject to verification

2017: 2 wharves and 1 ramp in AWP

2018: 2 facilities to be built in the Mberande-Mbokokimbo Road

2018:to be considered in detailed designs

Annual audit for 2016 is completed.

A revised NTP together with a Medium Term Transport Action Plan was approved in December 2016. The MTTAP will be updated in 2018.

Government annual contribution to NTF for 2016 and 2017 was SI$40 million each.

Initial work has been completed by the Team Leader. Contract to recruit an individual consultant to obtain additional cost information is under negotiation.

A Road Safety Engineer's TOR is drafted and will be recruited in Q1 2018.

Ongoing and considered in detailed designs.

Will be undertaken in 2018.

Geographical Location Nation-wide
Safeguard Categories
Environment B
Involuntary Resettlement B
Indigenous Peoples C
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental 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 (IPPF/IPP) 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 TA 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 Salgado, Nissanka Amila Buddika
Responsible ADB Department Pacific Department
Responsible ADB Division Pacific Liaison and Coordination Office in Sydney, Australia
Executing Agencies
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 23 Mar 2018

Loan 3392-SOL

Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
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 8.94 0.00 42%
Counterpart 34.45 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 0.00 27 May 2016 10.44 0.00 49%

TA 9119-SOL

Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
27 May 2016 23 Jun 2016 23 Jun 2016 31 Dec 2020 - -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
0.00 4,500,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 4,500,000.00 27 May 2016 967,345.14

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Evaluation Documents See also: Independent Evaluation

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Tender Title Type Status Posting Date Deadline
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

Contracts Awarded

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
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

Procurement Plan

None currently available.