Solomon Islands: Sustainable Transport Infrastructure Improvement Program

Sovereign Project | 46499-002

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
    Fay, David R.
    Pacific Department
    Request for information
  • Country/Economy
    Solomon Islands
  • Modality
    • Grant
    • Loan
    • Technical Assistance
  • Sector
    • Transport
Project Name Sustainable Transport Infrastructure Improvement Program
Project Number 46499-002
Country / Economy Solomon Islands
Project Status Active
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Grant
Loan
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
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
Partnerships
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

Project Outcome
Description of Outcome

Multimodal transport system efficiency and sustainability improved

Progress Toward Outcome The program has been extended until June 2022 and the piggyback TA9119 until September 2022.
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

Transport infrastructure rehabilitated and maintained with access for all users, with safety, gender-responsiveness, and climate and disaster resilience improved

Country systems strengthened to finance and implement the NTP

MID's management and supervision capacity strengthened

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

No wharves reconstructed under STIIP. They were not in the priority list due to fund constraints.

2 gender facilities built in 2018 and the other four structures were completed in December 2021.

10 locations were identified in Honiara for the safety audit for the purpose of installation of traffic signage/calming measures. The safety audit report was completed by SMEC in June 2021. As of 15 September 2022, the variation is in process which will be followed by the recommended improvement on site. The fund for this implementation work has already been approved by the NTF Board. The work will be executed by the routine maintenance contractors by Q3 2022.

693 km of unsealed roads actively maintained.

156 km of sealed roads actively maintained.

4.1 km (5 roads) of unsealed roads have been upgraded to sealed roads.

36 bridges actively maintained.

15 wharves actively maintained. There are no more wharves maintenance contracts under STIIP.

The annual government contribution of SBD40 million (base contribution only) was achieved for the period 2016-2019.

All subprojects include climate resilient features.

Project account was maintained by MID and audited annually by the independent auditor. The external audit has been completed up to FY2020 and disclosed on the ADB website. For FY2021, a copy of the audited statement is yet to be furnished to ADB. For the period 1 January-30 June 2022, the audit will be completed by December 2022. As described in the external financial audit statement, the funds were used in accordance with the loan agreement between ADB and the government.

The Medium Term Transport Action Plan (MTTAP) is being updated every 5 years. MTTAP 2021- 2025 was approved by the Government in Q4 2021.

The Safeguards Procedures Manual is adopted and being used for project screening.

Road classification has been completed and registered in the asset database: Solomon Islands Transportation Asset Management System (SITAMS).

TA9119 consultants team has prepared a schedule of rates for roads and bridge works in Solomon Islands. As of 30 June 2022, the Cabinet approval remains pending.

For major sealed roads in Honiara and east west Guadalcanal sealed roads and Malaita Central road, the safety audit was conducted by SMEC as part of their FSDDCS contract (total length 137km).

No information available on the percentage of MID staff whose performance has been reviewed and whose issues were handled promptly by MID management using the 4-stage Public Service Performance Management Process.

MID staff in key core areas appointed (i.e increased to 2 procurement officers, 3 safeguards officers, and 1 monitoring and evaluation officer).

Road length for LBES road upgrading contracts was at an average 5.5 km against the 9 km target. CPIU's priority shifted away from LBES contracts as they did not have resources to manage this scope.

Road network and wharves inventoried and condition surveyed in 2017 and documented in Solomon Islands Transport Asset Management System (SITAMS).

LBES maintenance contracts under implementation reduced to 27 contracts in 2020.

Annual financial rate of execution or sustained NTF expenditures towards the NTF work program target was met in 2019 . In 2020, the disbursement achieved was SBD100.8 million.

Sex-disaggregation data has been compiled and analysis completed. All wages or subcontract payments paid by contractors are collected in a monthly logbook disaggregated by sex and data and has been analysed. For the LBES contracts, data has been compiled to analyse the percentage of LBES contractors that are women and the percentage of people employed by contractors that are women.

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 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 Fay, David R.
Responsible ADB Department Pacific Department
Responsible ADB Division Pacific Liaison and Coordination Office in Sydney, Australia
Executing Agencies
Ministry of Finance and Treasury
Ministry of Infrastructure Development
Timetable
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 Sep 2022

Loan 3392-SOL

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
27 May 2016 01 Jul 2016 20 Jul 2016 30 Jun 2021 30 Jun 2022 -
Financing Plan Loan Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 55.45 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 21.00 09 Jan 2023 20.55 0.00 98%
Counterpart 34.45 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 0.00 09 Jan 2023 20.36 0.00 97%
Status of Covenants
Category Sector Safeguards Social Financial Economic Others
Rating Satisfactory Satisfactory Satisfactory Satisfactory - Unsatisfactory

TA 9119-SOL

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
27 May 2016 23 Jun 2016 23 Jun 2016 31 Dec 2020 30 Sep 2022 13 Dec 2022
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 09 Jan 2023 3,572,924.42
Status of Covenants
Category Sector Safeguards Social Financial Economic Others
Rating Satisfactory Satisfactory Satisfactory Satisfactory - Unsatisfactory

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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 2022) Environmental and Social Monitoring Reports Sep 2022
Sustainable Transport Infrastructure Improvement Program: Environmental and Social Monitoring Report (July-December 2021) Environmental and Social Monitoring Reports Apr 2022
Sustainable Transport Infrastructure Improvement Program: Environmental and Social Monitoring Report (January-June 2021) Environmental and Social Monitoring Reports Nov 2021
Sustainable Transport Infrastructure Improvement Program: Specific and Routine Maintenance of Selected Sealed Feeder Roads in Honiara West Lot #2 Environmental Management Plan Environmental Management Plans Nov 2021
Sustainable Transport Infrastructure Improvement Program: Specific and Routine Maintenance of Selected Sealed Feeder Roads in Honiara West Lot #2 Environmental Management Plan Environmental Management Plans Nov 2021
Sustainable Transport Infrastructure Improvement Program: Mongga Bridge Reconstruction Initial Environmental Examination Initial Environmental Examination Jul 2021
Sustainable Transport Infrastructure Improvement Program: Environmental and Social Monitoring Report (July-December 2020) Environmental and Social Monitoring Reports Feb 2021
Sustainable Transport Infrastructure Improvement Program: Periodic and Routine Maintenance of Unsealed Roads in Honiara West/Central Lot #1 Environmental Management Plan Environmental Management Plans Sep 2020
Sustainable Transport Infrastructure Improvement Program: Periodic and Routine Maintenance of Unsealed Roads in Honiara West/Central Lot #1 Environmental Management Plan Environmental Management Plans Sep 2020
Sustainable Transport Infrastructure Improvement Program: Environmental and Social Monitoring Report (January-June 2020) Environmental and Social Monitoring Reports Jul 2020
Sustainable Transport Infrastructure Improvement Program: Periodic and Routine Maintenance of Noro to Munda Sealed and Unsealed Roads in Western Province Environmental Management Plan Environmental Management Plans May 2020
Sustainable Transport Infrastructure Improvement Program: Environmental and Social Monitoring Report (July-December 2019) Environmental and Social Monitoring Reports Feb 2020
Sustainable Transport Infrastructure Improvement Program: Environmental and Social Monitoring Report (January-June 2019) Environmental and Social Monitoring Reports Aug 2019
Sustainable Transport Infrastructure Improvement Program: Environmental and Social Monitoring Report (July-December 2018) Environmental and Social Monitoring Reports Mar 2019
Sustainable Transport Infrastructure Improvement Program: Periodic Road Maintenance of Ambu to Busurata Road Environmental Management Plan Environmental Management Plans Oct 2018
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.


Related Publications

None currently available.


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Tenders

Tender Title Type Status Posting Date Deadline
International Environmental Safeguards Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed 10 May 2022 16 May 2022
International Social Safeguards Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed 10 May 2022 16 May 2022
Independent Technical/Engineering Auditor Individual - Consulting Closed 10 May 2022 16 May 2022
Sustainable Transport Infrastructure Improvement Program Internal Auditor Individual - Consulting Closed 03 Feb 2022 12 Feb 2022
Economist Individual - Consulting Closed 21 Dec 2021 27 Dec 2021
Team Leader / International Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed 08 Oct 2021 17 Oct 2021
International Financial Management Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed 08 Oct 2021 17 Oct 2021
International Infrastructure Policy Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed 08 Oct 2021 17 Oct 2021
National Team Coordinator Individual - Consulting Closed 08 Oct 2021 17 Oct 2021
Bridge Design Engineer Individual - Consulting Closed 16 Jul 2021 22 Jul 2021
Senior Accounting Support Officer (SASO) Individual - Consulting Closed 07 Apr 2021 20 Apr 2021
Senior Accounting Support Officer (SASO) Individual - Consulting Closed 02 Feb 2021 08 Feb 2021
Document Management/Control Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed 26 Jan 2021 01 Feb 2021
Management Accounting and Operations Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed 06 Jan 2021 12 Jan 2021
Independent Procurement Auditor Individual - Consulting Closed 14 Nov 2020 20 Nov 2020
Independent Technical/Engineering Auditor Individual - Consulting Closed 14 Nov 2020 20 Nov 2020
Consulting Services For DLI Verification Audit Individual - Consulting Closed 25 Jun 2020 01 Jul 2020
Gender and Community Development Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed 31 Jan 2020 27 Feb 2020
Management Accounting and Operations Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed 05 Oct 2019 18 Oct 2019
Independent Technical/Engineering Auditor Individual - Consulting Closed 01 Oct 2019 14 Oct 2019
Program Lead Individual - Consulting Closed 26 Sep 2019 02 Oct 2019
Independent Procurement Auditor Individual - Consulting Closed 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
Regional Field Superintendent (2 Numbers) - Re advertisement Individual - Consulting Closed 31 Jul 2018 10 Aug 2018
International Road Maintenance Engineer 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 - Review of Maintenance Works Supervision & Contract Management in Solomon Islands Firm - Consulting Closed 03 Mar 2018 03 Apr 2018
Recruitment of Consulting Firm - Independent Procurement Audit 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 | Address Executing Agency Total Contract Amount (US$) Contract Amount Financed by ADB (US$)
DLI 3: GOVERNMENT FUNDING TO THE PROGRAM FUNDED AD EQUATELY AND TIMELY FOR 2019. Loan 3392 11 Dec 2020 MINISTRY OF INFRASTRUCTURE DEVELOPMENT | SOLOMON ISLANDS SOLOMON ISLANDS Ministry of Infrastructure Development 1,086,394.68 1,086,394.68
DLI 6:INCREASED ANNUAL FINANCIAL RATE OF EXECUTION OF THE NTF WORK PROGRAM. Loan 3392 11 Dec 2020 MINISTRY OF INFRASTRUCTURE DEVELOPMENT | SOLOMON ISLANDS SOLOMON ISLANDS Ministry of Infrastructure Development 1,243,749.47 1,243,749.47
DLI 6: INCREASED ANNUAL FINANCIAL RATE OF EXECUTIO N OF THE NTF WORK PROGRAM IN 2018. Loan 3392 18 Oct 2019 MINISTRAOF INFRASTUCTURE DEVELOPMANT | HONIARA SOLOMON ISLANDS SOLOMON ISLANDS Ministry of Infrastructure Development 1,774,000.00 1,774,000.00
DLI 3: GOVERNMENT FUNDING TO THE PROGRAM FUNDED AD EQUATELY AND TIMELY IN 2018. Loan 3392 18 Oct 2019 MINISTRAOF INFRASTUCTURE DEVELOPMANT | HONIARA SOLOMON ISLANDS SOLOMON ISLANDS Ministry of Infrastructure Development 1,034,000.00 1,034,000.00
DLI 1: LENGTH OF SEALED AND UNSEALED ROADS EFFECTI VELY MAINTAINED ANNUALLY Loan 3392 10 Dec 2018 VARIOUS | VARIOUS SOLOMON ISLANDS Ministry of Infrastructure Development 1,198,000.00 1,198,000.00
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 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 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 1,068,939.00 1,068,939.00

Procurement Plan

None currently available.