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Regional: Pacific Region Infrastructure Facility Coordination Office-Leveraging Infrastructure for Sustainable Development

Sovereign (Public) Project | 53103-001 Status: Proposed

The knowledge and support technical assistance (TA) will support the Pacific Region Infrastructure Facility (PRIF) by resourcing the PRIF coordination office for up to 4 years. Cofinanced by multiple partners, PRIF is an investment coordination and technical assistance facility that supports the planning, prioritization, coordination, and management of infrastructure in the Pacific. PRIF aims to improve development effectiveness and the sustainability of infrastructure investments in Pacific Island countries by (i) strengthening coordination among PRIF partners, (ii) improving infrastructure policies and regulation, and (iii) improving infrastructure planning and management. A PRIF management committee provides strategic oversight of PRIF activities, based on governance arrangements in the PRIF charter. PRIF partners chair the management committee on a rotational basis.

Project Details

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Project Name Pacific Region Infrastructure Facility Coordination Office-Leveraging Infrastructure for Sustainable Development
Project Number 53103-001
Country Regional
Cook Islands
Fiji
Micronesia, Federated States of
Kiribati
Nauru
Niue
Palau
Marshall Islands
Samoa
Solomon Islands
Tonga
Tuvalu
Vanuatu
Project Status Proposed
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA: Pacific Region Infrastructure Facility Coordination Office - Leveraging Infrastructure for Sustainable Development
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 2.00 million
New Zealand US$ 3.00 million
Government of Australia US$ 4.09 million
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

Energy / Energy sector development and institutional reform

Information and communication technology / ICT strategy and policy, and capacity development

Transport / Transport policies and institutional development

Water and other urban infrastructure and services / Other urban services

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Some gender elements
Description

The knowledge and support technical assistance (TA) will support the Pacific Region Infrastructure Facility (PRIF) by resourcing the PRIF coordination office for up to 4 years. Cofinanced by multiple partners, PRIF is an investment coordination and technical assistance facility that supports the planning, prioritization, coordination, and management of infrastructure in the Pacific. PRIF aims to improve development effectiveness and the sustainability of infrastructure investments in Pacific Island countries by (i) strengthening coordination among PRIF partners, (ii) improving infrastructure policies and regulation, and (iii) improving infrastructure planning and management. A PRIF management committee provides strategic oversight of PRIF activities, based on governance arrangements in the PRIF charter. PRIF partners chair the management committee on a rotational basis. Located in the Pacific Liaison and Coordination Office of the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the PRIF coordination office supports enhanced coordination and provides short-term TA to respond to requests from PRIF partners and member countries. The proposed TA design is based on review of PRIF's current phase and consultation with PRIF partners.

The TA is consistent with Strategy 2030's focus on infrastructure as a key development priority in its aim to tackle climate change, build disaster resilience, make cities more livable, strengthen capacity, and foster regional cooperation and integration. The TA is also consistent with ADB's Pacific Approach 2016-2020, with its focus on reducing costs, managing risk, and enabling value creation. The TA is included in the Pacific regional operations business plan, 2019-2021 as a 2019 nonlending activity.

Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

PRIF member countries face several challenges in infrastructure planning and management. Member countries are remote and have small populations, precluding economies of scale in infrastructure delivery and management. Given their narrow economic base, member countries rely heavily on development aid and remittances. They also face frequent natural disasters and climate change, resulting in additional unplanned costs. Policy, institutional, and capacity issues also negatively affect performance and sustainability of investments. Infrastructure investment and service delivery in PDMCs lag well behind global and Asian averages. ADB estimates that the Pacific region requires $3.1 billion annually to fully address its infrastructure needs. Development partners active in the Pacific responded to this challenge by (i) establishing PRIF in 2008, to provide better coordinated support to PRIF member countries, (ii) significantly increasing available finance to Pacific Island Countries, and (iii) providing long-term capacity development.

PRIF has (i) facilitated strategic engagement between development partners in the Pacific, (ii) helped member countries plan infrastructure investments and maintenance needs, (iii) engaged technical experts from PRIF partners in sector working groups to develop common approaches to sectoral challenges, (iv) supported regional organizations such as the Pacific Power Association and the Pacific Water and Wastes Association, (v) initiated applied research on engineering solutions for local Pacific conditions, and (vi) rapidly mobilized technical resources immediately after disasters. While the coordination effort of development partners significantly improved over recent years, the recent and proposed scaling up of financial resources by development partners in the Pacific will require ongoing, long-term, and regionally focused coordination and support.

PRIF was officially launched in August 2008 at the Pacific Islands Forum. PRIF's first phase (August 2009-April 2013) comprised a secretariat in the World Bank Sydney office and a TA support facility at ADB's Pacific Liaison and Coordination Office in Sydney. The PRIF coordination office is implementing the most recent phase (April 2013-October 2019), in which the secretariat and TA support have been combined under a single ADB TA.

Impact Quality and coverage of infrastructure investments and service delivery in PRIF member countries improved
Outcome PRIF partners provide comprehensive and coordinated project and TA support to PDMCs on infrastructure investments.
Outputs

Coordination of PRIF partner infrastructure investments in the Pacific is further enhanced.

Technical advice on infrastructure development and sustainable infrastructure management provided to PRIF partners and member countries

Geographical Location Cook Islands - Nation-wide; Fiji - Nation-wide; Kiribati - Nation-wide; Marshall Islands - Nation-wide; Micronesia, Federated States of - Nation-wide; Nauru - Nation-wide; Niue - Nation-wide; Palau - Nation-wide; Samoa - Nation-wide; Solomon Islands - Nation-wide; Tonga - Nation-wide; Tuvalu - 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
During Project Implementation
Responsible ADB Officer Sharyn Lena Bow
Responsible ADB Department Pacific Department
Responsible ADB Division Pacific Liaison and Coordination Office in Sydney, Australia
Executing Agencies
Asian Development Bank
6 ADB Avenue,
Mandaluyong City 1550, Philippines
Timetable
Concept Clearance 09 Apr 2019
Fact Finding -
MRM -
Approval -
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 18 Jul 2019

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Tenders

Tender Title Type Status Posting Date Deadline
Infrastructure Economist Individual - Consulting Closed 21 Aug 2019 11 Sep 2019
Communications and Secretariat Coordinator Individual - Consulting Active 21 Aug 2019 18 Sep 2019
Team Leader Individual - Consulting Closed 21 Aug 2019 11 Sep 2019
Technical Assistance Officer - 2 Positions Individual - Consulting Closed 21 Aug 2019 11 Sep 2019
Operations and Finance Officer Individual - Consulting Closed 21 Aug 2019 11 Sep 2019

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