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Solomon Islands: Transport Sector Project Development Facility

Sovereign (Public) Project | 51214-001 Status: Active

The proposed Transport Sector Project Development Facility (PDF) will improve the startup efficiency for priority transport projects in roads, maritime and aviation sectors for funding by assisting the government transport agencies to prepare feasibility studies, detailed designs, and supporting initial procurement and safeguards activities.

Project Details

Project Officer
Indrawansa, P.P.G.P.P. Pacific Department Request for information
Country
  • Solomon Islands
Sector
  • Transport
 
Project Name Transport Sector Project Development Facility
Project Number 51214-001
Country Solomon Islands
Project Status Active
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Grant
Source of Funding / Amount
Grant 0609-SOL: Transport Sector Project Development Facility
concessional ordinary capital resources lending / Asian Development Fund US$ 6.00 million
Strategic Agendas Environmentally sustainable growth
Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Gender Equity and Mainstreaming
Governance and capacity development
Knowledge solutions
Sector / Subsector

Transport / 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 proposed Transport Sector Project Development Facility (PDF) will improve the startup efficiency for priority transport projects in roads, maritime and aviation sectors for funding by assisting the government transport agencies to prepare feasibility studies, detailed designs, and supporting initial procurement and safeguards activities.
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

Solomon Islands is an archipelago that relies heavily on intermodal transport to connect its population with essential goods and services. The development and management of a reliable, sustainable, and affordable transport system is critical for sustaining economic growth. The lack of transport services and facilities restricts economic activities and affects livelihoods and income-generating opportunities.

Lessons from completed and ongoing Asian Development Bank (ADB) funded projects show that significant delays occur at the project start-up stage after ADB's approval. The projects need to undertake numerous preparatory activities including preparing detailed designs, updating and implementing social and environmental safeguards assessments, and procurement. The startup delays and problems contributed to underinvestment in the transport sector, which has led to the degradation of key assets.

The Project Development Facility will support the government to improve the design and implementation readiness of priority transport projects in the roads, maritime, and aviation sectors by (i) preparing feasibility studies and detailed designs, (ii) providing implementation support for procurement and safeguards activities, and (iii) supporting capacity building of key implementing agencies.

Solomon Islands' National Development Strategy (NDS) provides a framework for sustained and inclusive growth. It highlights the need to expand and upgrade weather-resilient infrastructure and utilities focused on access to productive resources, markets, and essential services. As a key measure for achieving equitable socio-economic growth by 2020, the NDS targets to provide at least 30% of Solomon Islands' rural population with access to essential services through improved transport.

Impact All Solomon Islanders have access to essential services and productive resources and markets
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome Readiness of priority transport projects in Medium Term Transport Action Plan (MTTAP) for funding improved
Progress Toward Outcome N/A
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

Feasibility studies and detailed designs completed for selected priority projects.

Initial implementation for new transport projects are supported.

MID''s capacity in design review, contract supervision, and quality assurance strengthened.

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

Not yet due. Detailed designs and feasibility studies have commenced in March 2019.

Not yet due.

Not yet due

Not yet due

Not yet due

Not yet due

Geographical Location Nation-wide
Safeguard Categories
Environment C
Involuntary Resettlement C
Indigenous Peoples C
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects The facility is not expected to have any adverse environmental impacts because it is focused on preparing investment projects and will not involve construction work. During the feasibility studies, the consultants will prepare environmental impact assessments or initial environmental examinations as applicable, including environmental management plans and climate risk and vulnerability assessments for the selected transport projects.
Involuntary Resettlement The facility is not expected to have any adverse involuntary resettlement because it is focused on preparing investment projects and will not involve construction work. Consultants will develop the resettlement framework and/or resettlement plans . Safeguards preparatory activities will also include consultations and signing of memoranda of understanding with the landowners that will confirm their support for the project and willingness to comply with ADB safeguards and pertinent government policies.
Indigenous Peoples Consultants will develop the indigenous peoples plan framework and/or indigenous people's plans. Safeguards preparatory activities will also include consultations and signing of memoranda of understanding with the landowners that will confirm their support for the project and willingness to comply with ADB safeguards and pertinent government policies.
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design
During Project Implementation Project Community Consultation Plan has been prepared and the implementation will be commenced.
Responsible ADB Officer Indrawansa, P.P.G.P.P.
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
Timetable
Concept Clearance 07 Aug 2017
Fact Finding 26 Jul 2017 to 28 Jul 2017
MRM 13 Sep 2017
Approval 12 Sep 2018
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 27 Mar 2019

Grant 0609-SOL

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
12 Sep 2018 25 Oct 2018 14 Dec 2018 30 Jun 2022 - -
Financing Plan Grant Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 6.96 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 6.00 12 Sep 2018 5.72 0.00 95%
Counterpart 0.96 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 0.00 12 Sep 2018 3.29 0.00 55%
Status of Covenants
Category Sector Safeguards Social Financial Economic Others
Rating - - - Unsatisfactory - Unsatisfactory

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Tenders

Tender Title Type Status Posting Date Deadline
Facility Coordinator Individual - Consulting Closed 23 Jan 2019 29 Jan 2019
Transport Sector Project Development Facility Firm - Consulting Closed 29 Jun 2018 28 Jul 2018

Contracts Awarded

Contract Title Approval Number Contract Date Contractor Contractor Address Executing Agency Contract Description Total Contract Amount (US$) Contract Amount Financed by ADB (US$)
INDEPENDENT DESIGN REVIEW CONSULTANTS (IDRC) Grant 0609 02 May 2019 SMEC INTERNATIONAL PTY LTD LEVEL 5 20 BERRY STREET NORTH SYDNEY NSW 2060 AUSTRALIA (PO BOX 1052 AUSTRALIA Ministry of Finance and Treasury CONSULTANCY 156,150.36
PROJECT PREPARATORY CONSULTANT'S SERVICES Grant 0609 08 Feb 2019 CARDNO EMERGING MARKETS (AUSTRALIA) PTY LTD LEVEL 4 501 SWANSTON STREET MEL BOURNE VIC 3000 AUSTRALIA AUSTRALIA Ministry of Finance and Treasury CONSULTANCY 4,481,374.00

Procurement Plan