Papua New Guinea : Preparing the Land and Maritime Transport Projects

Sovereign Project | 53092-002

The F-TRTA for $2,500,000 for Papua New Guinea was approved on 5 December 2019 and financed on a grant basis by ADB's Technical Assistance Special Fund (TASF-6) with completion date on 31 December 2022. The executing agencies for the F-TRTA are the Department of Works and Highways (DOWH, formerly Department of Works and Implementation [DOWI]) and the Department of Transport (DOT).

Project Details

  • Project Officer
    Kalliokoski, Ari
    Pacific Department
    Request for information
  • Country/Economy
    Papua New Guinea
  • Sector
    • Transport
Project Name Preparing the Land and Maritime Transport Projects
Project Number 53092-002
Country / Economy Papua New Guinea
Project Status Active
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 9890-PNG: Preparing the Land and Maritime Transport Projects
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 2.50 million
TA 9890-PNG: Preparing the Land and Maritime Transport Projects
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 950,000.00
Operational Priorities OP1: Addressing remaining poverty and reducing inequalities
OP2: Accelerating progress in gender equality
OP3: Tackling climate change, building climate and disaster resilience, and enhancing environmental sustainability
OP5: Promoting rural development and food security
OP6: Strengthening governance and institutional capacity
Sector / Subsector

Transport / Transport policies and institutional development

Gender Effective gender mainstreaming

The F-TRTA for $2,500,000 for Papua New Guinea was approved on 5 December 2019 and financed on a grant basis by ADB's Technical Assistance Special Fund (TASF-6) with completion date on 31 December 2022. The executing agencies for the F-TRTA are the Department of Works and Highways (DOWH, formerly Department of Works and Implementation [DOWI]) and the Department of Transport (DOT).

The F-TRTA will (i) support the assessment of the existing transport sector strategy, road map, policy framework, and medium to long-term investment plan to ensure reliable, inclusive, and sustainable operation of the programs; (ii) review of the feasibility study and detailed engineering designs, to be prepared through a separate project readiness financing (PRF), to ensure optimized engineering solutions and measures, including measures for climate change adaptation; (iii) design the social development and poverty component for the proposed transport program; and (iv) prepare ADB loan processing documents, including a sector assessment, financial analysis, financial management assessment, procurement risk assessment, risk assessment and management plan, poverty and social assessment, gender analysis and gender action plan, climate risk and vulnerability assessment, and assessment of implementation arrangements of ensuing projects.

In 2020, the PRF, which the F-TRTA is supporting, experienced a delay in commencement due to the impact of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic and delays in the engagement of technical design firms. In the same year, the F-TRTA's executing agencies and stakeholders experienced communications and coordination challenges due to a large number of upcoming transport projects, and a complex organizational setup wherein government counterparts and individual consultants are dispersed in several provincial locations. On 24 February 2021, a first minor change in implementation arrangements and reallocation of F-TRTA funds were approved to address these coordination challenges. On 9 December 2021, a second minor change in implementation arrangements, increase in the total TA amount from $2,500,000 to $3,450,000, and extension of TA completion date from 31 December 2021 to 5 December 2024 were approved to align the F-TRTA implementation arrangements and schedule with the revised implementation plan of the PRF as agreed with the government.

Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

The Development Strategic Plan (DSP) 2010-2030 of the Government of Papua New Guinea (GoPNG) recognizes the northern region corridor as one of the most critical economic corridors in Papua New Guinea (PNG). The northern region corridor program has been identified as a priority investment in both the Medium-Term Development Plan III (MTDP III, 2018-2022) and the PNG National Road Network Strategy (2018-2037). The northern road corridor starts at the Indonesian

-PNG border at Wutung near Vanimo (capital of West Sepik Province) and extends southeast along the northern coast to Wewak (capital of East Sepik Province), Angoram and Madang (capital of Madang Province), then farther south via Lae (capital of Morobe Province) and finally to Kerema (capital of Gulf Province) on the south coast of New Guinea island. The total length of the northern region corridor is 1,457 km. It connects the ports of Vanimo, Wewak, Madang, and Lae to the Highlands highway and southern region corridor. The existing northern region road is largely in very poor condition. Significant parts are unpaved earth roads and many of them are single lanes that need to be widened to two lanes. The route includes three missing links: (i) Vanimo-Aitape (106 km), (ii) Bogia-Angoram (101 km), and (iii) Wau-Malalaua (133 km). Vanimo and Wewak ports are potential hubs for palm oil exports and are in poor condition and require upgrading in terms of channel dredging, wharf extension and general infrastructure updates. Vanimo and Wewak have no customs facilities. Servicing international maritime trade from Vanimo and Wewak to Indonesia and beyond will play a key role in the economic growth of the northern coast area.

As of latest developments with PRF, the TRTA facility will provide project preparation support and capacity building to a series of ensuing projects, comprising: (i) Northern region corridor from Wutung to Wewak (project 1: Momase international highway), (ii) Northern region road corridor from Aseki to Epo (project 2: Trans-Island Highway); and (iii) Sustainable Highlands Region Core Road Network Project, Phase 1 (project 3: SHRCRNP). All ensuing projects are in the transport sector. The TRTA is listed in the current county operations business plan (COBP).

The F-TRTA has three major outputs: Output 1 review of the feasibility studies and detailed engineering designs for roads and ports conducted and due diligence on ensuing projects prepared; Output 2 poverty and social development of the ensuing projects developed; and Output 3 governance and project implementation capacity of DOWH and DOT improved.

Project Outcome
Description of Outcome
Progress Toward Outcome
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs
Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)
Geographical Location Port Moresby
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design The government provided counterpart support in the form of facilitation of liaisons of stakeholders, among others. Terms of Reference (TOR) of the consultants to design the social and poverty component were prepared in cooperation with the EAs, including several tasks related to stakeholder communication to ensure sustainability of proposed social development programs.
During Project Implementation Institutional communication specialists were engaged to help in the overall coordination with stakeholders in different provinces, including preparation of Institutional Communication Action Plans for the three ensuing projects. PRF's project implementation unit through the social safeguards and gender specialist and the environmental specialist has initiated in conducting surveys together with the government counterpart.
Business Opportunities
Consulting Services

The F-TRTA's activities consist of consulting services only. The F-TRTA engaged consultants following the ADB Procurement Policy (2017, as amended from time to time) and its associated project administration instructions and/or staff instructions. The F-TRTA engaged an international consulting firm that covers TA activities under Output and partially under Output 3. The consultant team, except the Team Leader, who is based in Port Moresby, is working remotely due to COVID-19 pandemic. Since the finalization and approval of F-TRTA's inception report in June 2021, no further action has been realized by the firm under the F-TRTA due to the pending recruitment of PRF consultants which is estimated to be completed by Q4 2022.

Six international consultants (highway engineer, procurement specialist, environmental safeguards specialist, gender and social development specialist, rural development and income livelihood expert, and social safeguards specialist) and one national individual consultant (rural development expert) have been engaged for activities under Output 2, and partially under Outputs 1 and 3. Out of the six international experts, the contracts of the social safeguards specialist and the environmental specialist were closed on 31 March 2021 and 8 July 2021, respectively, as these specialists were in the country when they were engaged and were able to undertake some of their tasks before pandemic started and they were demobilized. However, these positions were envisaged to be filled once TA activities resume. Except for some preparatory home office tasks, these consultants will commence work once travel restrictions are lifted. The first TA minor change allowed the engagement of two additional individual consultants, one international and one national institutional communication specialists, who have started working already with the PRF and other TA individual consultants. The second TA minor change allowed the extension of completion dates of existing contracts and provided for additional positions for international and national gender and social development specialists due to the need for simultaneous execution of household surveys in different road sections.

Responsible ADB Officer Kalliokoski, Ari
Responsible ADB Department Pacific Department
Responsible ADB Division PATC
Executing Agencies
Department of Transport
Department of Works and Highways
Concept Clearance -
Fact Finding -
Approval 05 Dec 2019
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 29 Aug 2022

TA 9890-PNG

Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
05 Dec 2019 27 Dec 2019 27 Dec 2019 31 Dec 2022 05 Dec 2024 -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
3,450,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 3,450,000.00 08 Sep 2022 419,144.97

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Title Document Type Document Date
Preparing the Land and Maritime Transport Projects: Technical Assistance Report Technical Assistance Reports Dec 2019

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

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Tender Title Type Status Posting Date Deadline
Institutional Communication Specialist (National) Individual - Consulting Closed
Institutional Communication Specialist (International) Individual - Consulting Closed
Gender and Social Development Officer (National) Individual - Consulting Closed
Gender and Social Development Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed
Gender and Social Development Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed
Highway Engineer Individual - Consulting Closed
Procurement Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed
Rural Development / Income Livelihood Expert Individual - Consulting Closed
Rural Development Expert Individual - Consulting Closed
Social Safeguards Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed
Environment Safeguards Expert Individual - Consulting Closed
PNG: Review of the Feasibility Studies and Detailed Engineering Designs, and Preparation of Due Diligence Reports for Proposed Transport Projects Firm - Consulting Closed

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 9890 03 Aug 2020 GHD Australia Pty Ltd(AUSTRALIA) in association with GHD PTY LTD., NZL(NEW ZEALAND) | LEVEL 7, 16 MARCUS CLARKE ST., CANBERRA AUSTRALIA Department of Works and Implementation 1,807,965.00

Procurement Plan

None currently available.