Regional: Strengthening Domestic Transport Connectivity in the Pacific

Sovereign Project | 51065-001

The TA will provide project preparatory support to participating Pacific DMCs to improve national and regional connectivity through new investments. It will also support the participant countries in formulating and updating transport sector policy and investment planning, and identify institutional gaps and capacity development activities to support transport sector development.

Project Details

  • Project Officer
    Gonzalez Jimenez, Juan Francisco
    Pacific Department
    Request for information
  • Country/Economy
    Regional
  • Modality
    • Technical Assistance
  • Sector
    • Transport
Project Name Strengthening Domestic Transport Connectivity in the Pacific
Project Number 51065-001
Country / Economy Regional
Kiribati
Solomon Islands
Tonga
Vanuatu
Project Status Active
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 9331-REG: Strengthening Domestic Transport Connectivity in the Pacific
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 2.00 million
TA 9331-REG: Strengthening Domestic Transport Connectivity in the Pacific (Supplementary)
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 1.50 million
TA 9331-REG: Strengthening Domestic Transport Connectivity in the Pacific (Supplementary)
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 1.50 million
Republic of Korea e-Asia and Knowledge Partnership Fund US$ 500,000.00
Strategic Agendas Environmentally sustainable growth
Inclusive economic growth
Regional integration
Drivers of Change Gender Equity and Mainstreaming
Governance and capacity development
Knowledge solutions
Partnerships
Private sector development
Sector / Subsector

Transport / Rail transport (non-urban) - Road transport (non-urban) - Transport policies and institutional development - Urban roads and traffic management - Water transport (non-urban)

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Some gender elements
Description The TA will provide project preparatory support to participating Pacific DMCs to improve national and regional connectivity through new investments. It will also support the participant countries in formulating and updating transport sector policy and investment planning, and identify institutional gaps and capacity development activities to support transport sector development.
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

The Pacific island countries of Tonga, Solomon Islands, Kiribati and Vanuatu (target countries) share similar characteristics. By regional standards, they are mid-range in terms of size and population. They are smaller in size and population than the larger Pacific countries such as PNG, Timor Leste, and Fiji although significantly larger than other micro states of the Pacific. The target countries are geographically isolated and far from main commercial centers. The countries share similar geographic traits as archipelagos, with rural communities typically living in remote islands that can only be accessed by costlier transport modes such as aviation or maritime transport. Transport connectivity is critical to provide essential services, improve trade and tourism, and access to domestic and international markets. However, the delivery of efficient transport infrastructure and services is hampered by characteristics shared throughout the region. These include constrained capacity of institutions responsible for infrastructure delivery, constraints to fiscal budgets to allocate adequate finance for recurrent maintenance and rehabilitation, vulnerability to natural disasters and anticipated climate change, and limited policy and legislation environment in the sector.

Road transport is an important subsector in the region, especially on larger islands where the road network provides access to key economic links such as tourism and agriculture. Roads also provide access to essential government services including health and education. They also serve as an important intermodal link, providing access to ports and airports, thereby facilitating the movement of people and goods for inter and intra island travel. A significant proportion of the road network in the participant countries is in poor condition, due to their age, or a history of neglect which has led to a lack of maintenance or rehabilitation to sustain the assets at a maintainable standard. To achieve the full intended service life of road assets, adequate routine and periodic road maintenance is necessary and these activities should be prioritized through sound asset management systems. There is a need to strengthen maintenance and asset management activities in the participant countries, especially where frequent natural disasters and a general lack of adequate maintenance generally leave the road network in a state of disrepair, and increase the time and cost of travel. Road conditions can also be undermined by overloaded vehicles where forestry, agriculture, construction, and other heavy industries operate with improper regulation and enforcement of weight limits.

Maritime transport is also an important subsector in the region, providing essential domestic maritime services within the country. In Kiribati, there is a need to improve the transport connectivity for communities in selected outer islands of the country through provision of sustainable, safe and resilient universal basic access transport infrastructure. In Tonga, there is an opportunity to replan the Nuku'alofa Port to handle future growth and expansion, since the existing domestic island ferry terminal is currently being transferred to a new domestic harbor.

Impact Strengthened economic and social connectivity through sustainable and resilient transport infrastructure investments in Tonga, Solomon Islands, and Vanuatu.
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome Updated transport sector plans and investments that strengthen economic and social connectivity through transport infrastructure are endorsed by participating Pacific DMC governments
Progress Toward Outcome
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

Vanuatu National Transport Sector Investment Policy and Plan.

Endorsed investment proposals to strengthen transport connectivity.

Roadmap to strengthen transport institutions.

Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues) Recruitment of consultants is ongoing.
Geographical Location Kiribati - Nation-wide; Solomon Islands - Nation-wide; Tonga - Nation-wide; Vanuatu - Nation-wide
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design The project consulted with the relevant finance and line ministries during its project design.
During Project Implementation

ADB engaged a consulting firm effective January 2018, recruited via quality and cost-based selection (QCBS) method to undertake project preparatory activities in Solomon Islands, Tonga, and Vanuatu.

In Solomon Islands, project preparatory support for the Guadalcanal Road Rehabilitation Project is ongoing.

In Tonga, a detailed traffic economic analysis is scheduled to be completed by September 2018 and full project preparation will follow.

In Vanuatu, two individual consultants (transport policy and maritime transport consultants) were recruited to prepare the Vanuatu Transport Plan 2030. The government has requested additional TA support to implement the Transport Plan, a high priority of the government.

Individual experts were engaged in Kiribati and Tonga to undertake scoping activities and preliminary social and environmental assessments.

Change in scope, extension of completion date, change in implementation arrangements, and increase in TA amount were approved in September 2018.

Recruitment of consultants is ongoing for the below business opportunities on consulting services.

Business Opportunities
Consulting Services

In Tonga, a consulting firm package for the project preparation of the Nuku'alofa Port Upgrading Project will be engaged using QCBS method with a quality-cost ratio of 90:10.

In Kiribati, a maritime institutional development specialist (4 person-months) will also be required and will be selected by ADB using individual consultant selection and will use an input-based contract.

The consultants will be engaged by ADB in accordance with the Guidelines on the Use of Consultants (2013, as amended from time to time).

Responsible ADB Officer Gonzalez Jimenez, Juan Francisco
Responsible ADB Department Pacific Department
Responsible ADB Division PATC
Executing Agencies
Asian Development Bank
6 ADB Avenue,
Mandaluyong City 1550, Philippines
Timetable
Concept Clearance -
Fact Finding -
MRM -
Approval 21 Jun 2017
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 25 Oct 2018

TA 9331-REG

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
21 Jun 2017 - 21 Jun 2017 30 Jun 2019 21 Jun 2022 -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
5,000,000.00 500,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 5,500,000.00 17 Jun 2022 5,302,352.22

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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.

None currently available.


Evaluation Documents See also: Independent Evaluation

None currently available.


Related Publications

Title Document Type Document Date
Pacific Transport Sector Assessment, Strategy, and Road Map 2021-2025 Policies, Strategies, and Plans Jul 2021

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Tenders

Tender Title Type Status Posting Date Deadline
Climate Change and Disaster Risk Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed 11 Feb 2021 17 Feb 2021
Structural Engineer Individual - Consulting Closed 06 Feb 2021 12 Feb 2021
Port Design Engineer Individual - Consulting Closed 15 Dec 2020 21 Dec 2020
Road Highway Design Engineer Individual - Consulting Closed 11 Dec 2020 15 Dec 2020
Highway Engineer Individual - Consulting Closed 28 Nov 2020 07 Dec 2020
Strengthening Domestic Transport Connectivity in the Pacific: Financial Management Expert Individual - Consulting Closed 19 Nov 2020 25 Nov 2020
Environment Safeguards Due Diligence Individual - Consulting Closed 19 Nov 2020 25 Nov 2020
Roads Engineer to Support Solomon Islands Ministry of Infrastructure Individual - Consulting Closed 01 Apr 2020 07 Apr 2020
Master Plan for the Development of the Maritime Transport Sector in Tonga Firm - Consulting Closed 05 Feb 2020 26 Feb 2020
Environment Impact Assessment Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed 03 Oct 2019 09 Oct 2019
Social Development Safeguards Expert Individual - Consulting Closed 21 Sep 2019 27 Sep 2019
Marine / Aquatic Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed 21 Sep 2019 27 Sep 2019
Environmental Specialist - Terrestrial Individual - Consulting Closed 21 Sep 2019 27 Sep 2019
Transport Economist and Financial Analyst Individual - Consulting Closed 18 Sep 2019 24 Sep 2019
Investigation & Design for New Permanent Marine Facilities Consultant Firm - Consulting Closed 15 Aug 2019 03 Sep 2019
Social Safeguards Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed 09 Aug 2019 15 Aug 2019
Climate Change Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed 03 Aug 2019 23 Aug 2019
Gender Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed 03 Aug 2019 23 Aug 2019
Social Safeguards Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed 02 Aug 2019 31 Aug 2019
Environment Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed 05 Jul 2019 15 Jul 2019
Environment Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed 04 Jul 2019 31 Jul 2019
Social Safeguards Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed 09 May 2019 18 May 2019
Gender Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed 07 May 2019 09 May 2019
Technical Design Consultant (Civil / Maritime Engineer) Individual - Consulting Closed 01 May 2019 09 May 2019
Environmental Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed 13 Apr 2019 22 Apr 2019
TA Coordinator / Administrator Individual - Consulting Closed 25 Jan 2019 31 Jan 2019
Upgrading and Developing the QSIW in Nuku’alofa Port Firm - Consulting Closed 21 Aug 2018 14 Sep 2018
National Social Safeguards Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed 02 Oct 2017 08 Oct 2017
National Social Safeguards Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed 22 Aug 2017 28 Aug 2017
National Environment Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed 22 Aug 2017 28 Aug 2017
Vanuatu Integrated Transport Infrastructure Plan: Maritime Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed 05 Jul 2017 14 Jul 2017
Strengthening Domestic Transport Connectivity in Solomon Islands, Tonga and Vanuatu Firm - Consulting Closed 05 Jul 2017 03 Aug 2017
Vanuatu Integrated Transport Infrastructure Plan: Transport Policy and Planning Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed 05 Jul 2017 14 Jul 2017

Contracts Awarded

Contract Title Approval Number Contract Date Contractor | Address Executing Agency Total Contract Amount (US$) Contract Amount Financed by ADB (US$)
Project Preparatory Technical Assistance 9331 07 Sep 2020 HASKONING AUSTRALIA PTY LIMITED(AUSTRALIA) in association with HaskoningDHV Nederland B.V., Netherlands(NETHERLANDS) | Level 14, 56 Berry Street, North Sydney, Sydney Australia Asian Development Bank 688,075.00
Project Preparatory Technical Assistance 9331 24 Dec 2018 HaskoningDHV Nederland B.V., Netherlands(NETHERLANDS) in association with ITS PACIFIC LTD(TONGA) | 35 LAAN 1914 Amersfoort 1132 Netherlands FAX: +31 33 463 3652; tel:+31 88 348 200 Asian Development Bank 966,687.00
Project Preparatory Technical Assistance 9331 11 Jan 2018 CARDNO EMERGING MARKETS (AUSTRALIA) PTY LTD (AUSTRALIA) in association with TONKIN & TAYLOR INTERNATIONAL LTD. (NEW ZEALAND) | Level 11, North Tower,515 St.Pauls Terra Bag 4006, Fortitude Valley Brisbane, Que 4006 Australia/[email protected] *** No Executing Agency for this TA *** 1,401,711.00

Procurement Plan

None currently available.