Kiribati: Enhancing Economic Competitiveness through State-Owned Enterprise Reform

Sovereign Project | 46511-001 Status: Active

The TA will contribute to reducing drain on the fiscal position of the government from underperforming SOEs. Of the six priority areas in the Kiribati Development Plan (KDP) 2012_2015, this TA will support Government efforts on economic growth and poverty reduction priority area. With the government providing substantial resources to subsidies and bailout underperforming SOEs, strengthening these SOEs will result in the effective allocation of resources leading to economic growth and achieving of national priorities. Economic growth and poverty reduction are also ADB's core specializations, as set out in Strategy 2020. The proposed TA will also address priority actions identified in the joint policy matrix

Project Details

Project Officer
Lototele, Malie Pacific Department Request for information
Country
  • Kiribati
Modality
  • Technical Assistance
Sector
  • Public sector management
 
Project Name Enhancing Economic Competitiveness through State-Owned Enterprise Reform
Project Number 46511-001
Country Kiribati
Project Status Active
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 8478-KIR: Enhancing Economic Competitiveness through State-Owned Enterprise Reform
Japan Fund for Poverty Reduction US$ 800,000.00
TA 8478-KIR: Enhancing Economic Competitiveness through State-Owned Enterprise Reform (Supplementary)
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 222,000.00
TA 8478-KIR: Enhancing Economic Competitiveness through State-Owned Enterprise Reform (Supplementary)
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 30,000.00
TA 8478-KIR: Enhancing Economic Competitiveness through State-Owned Enterprise Reform (Supplementary)
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 400,000.00
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Governance and capacity development
Partnerships
Private sector development
Sector / Subsector

Public sector management - Economic affairs management - Reforms of state owned enterprises

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming No gender elements
Description
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy The TA will contribute to reducing drain on the fiscal position of the government from underperforming SOEs. Of the six priority areas in the Kiribati Development Plan (KDP) 2012_2015, this TA will support Government efforts on economic growth and poverty reduction priority area. With the government providing substantial resources to subsidies and bailout underperforming SOEs, strengthening these SOEs will result in the effective allocation of resources leading to economic growth and achieving of national priorities. Economic growth and poverty reduction are also ADB's core specializations, as set out in Strategy 2020. The proposed TA will also address priority actions identified in the joint policy matrix
Impact Reduced drain on the fiscal position of the government from underperforming SOEs

Project Outcome

Description of Outcome Improved financial, operational and governance performance of SOEs
Progress Toward Outcome Substantial progress has been made in improving SOE performance and reducing large and ad hoc subsidies. As a result, Kiribati is recognized as a regional leader in SOE reform. Most notable reforms include the reduction in operational SOEs from twenty-five to currently sixteen by 2016, the merger of the two SOEs in the copra sector, and the privatization of the telecom company. The government also plans to further reduce the number of SOEs to twelve over the next five years.
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

1. Rationalization strategies for at least three SOEs Implemented

2. At least four training courses on SOE governance and monitoring

3. Director performance evaluation system developed and implemented

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

March 2017 progress:

1. Captain Cook Hotel Concession. The TA team will support the sale of CCHL to the private sector.

2. Shipping Reform. The TA will continue to assist with the process of improving outer island shipping services including assisting with the establishment of an operational shipping franchise scheme that is bid for by the private sector.

3. Otintaai Hotel Concession. The current concession holder is having difficulty meeting the requirements of the concession deed. The TA team could be requested to assist with establishment of the new concession.

4. Airline Reform. There is a strong possibility that GOK will be gifted a passenger jet. The TA team will undertake a preliminary review of Air Kiribati Limited (an SOE) establish its readiness to take on a passenger jet and its suitability for engaging a private sector partner.

5. Community Service Obligations (CSOs). The TA team will work with the Cabinet and Ministries to ensure the concept of CSOs is fully understood and the process of applying for and acceptance of CSOs is fully embedded and operational.

Geographical Location

Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects

Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design During Project Design, ADB consulted the Ministry of Finance and the SOE Monitoring Unit, the SOE Reform Steering Committee and Kiribati Development Partners.
During Project Implementation The review missions will consult the different stakeholders to update members on progress of the TA.

Business Opportunities

Consulting Services

Consulting services will support the three outputs of this technical assistance (TA).

The team leader, who will be a state-owned enterprise (SOE) reform specialist, will supervise the TA. The consultants will work closely together to ensure the TA is in line with the proposed scope. The TA will work closely with 3 SOEs, which the government will select from the 23 SOEs.

Consulting services will include:

i) SOE reform specialist and team leader (international, 10 person-months, intermittent);

ii) SOE legal specialist (international, 4 person-months, intermittent);

iii) SOE accounting specialist (international, 3 person-months, intermittent);

iv) Capacity building specialist (international, 3 person-months, intermittent); and

v) SOE specialist (national, 10 person-months, intermittent).

Procurement Financed by Japan Fund for Poverty Reduction-US$800,000.

Responsible Staff

Responsible ADB Officer Lototele, Malie
Responsible ADB Department Pacific Department
Responsible ADB Division Pacific Subregional Office in Suva, Fiji
Executing Agencies
Ministry of Finance and Economic Development
P.O. Box 67
Bairiki, Tarawa
Kiribati

Timetable

Concept Clearance 10 Jun 2013
Fact Finding 29 Jul 2013 to 01 Aug 2013
MRM -
Approval 08 Oct 2013
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 30 Mar 2017

TA 8478-KIR

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
08 Oct 2013 21 Oct 2013 21 Oct 2013 31 Dec 2016 31 Mar 2018 -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
222,000.00 1,230,000.00 80,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 1,532,000.00 08 Oct 2013 889,379.35

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