Solomon Islands: Domestic Resource Mobilization Project

Sovereign Project | 53305-001

The project supports the Government of Solomon Islands to improve tax administration. The project assists in restructuring the Inland Revenue Division (IRD) to move to a functional structure and train staff in their new roles and processes, finance the acquisition of a new tax administration information system (TAIS) and train staff in its use, and deliver a public outreach program to increase taxpayer compliance. The development outcome is improved domestic resource mobilization through more efficient tax administration that provides better services to taxpayers and increased capacity of IRD to manage the transition to a more efficient, fairer, and transparent tax framework.

Project Details

  • Project Officer
    Hodge, Matthew W.
    Pacific Department
    Request for information
  • Country/Economy
    Solomon Islands
  • Sector
    • Public sector management
Project Name Domestic Resource Mobilization Project
Project Number 53305-001
Country / Economy Solomon Islands
Project Status Active
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Grant
Source of Funding / Amount
Grant 0802-SOL: Domestic Resource Mobilization Project
Asian Development Fund US$ 5.50 million
Grant 0803-SOL: Domestic Resource Mobilization Project
Government of New Zealand US$ 6.50 million
Grant 0804-SOL: Domestic Resource Mobilization Project
Government of Australia US$ 3.50 million
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Gender Equity and Mainstreaming
Governance and capacity development
Partnerships
Private sector development
Sector / Subsector

Public sector management / Public expenditure and fiscal management

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Effective gender mainstreaming
Description The project supports the Government of Solomon Islands to improve tax administration. The project assists in restructuring the Inland Revenue Division (IRD) to move to a functional structure and train staff in their new roles and processes, finance the acquisition of a new tax administration information system (TAIS) and train staff in its use, and deliver a public outreach program to increase taxpayer compliance. The development outcome is improved domestic resource mobilization through more efficient tax administration that provides better services to taxpayers and increased capacity of IRD to manage the transition to a more efficient, fairer, and transparent tax framework.
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy Solomon Islands is the third largest of the Asian Development Bank's (ADB) developing member countries in the Pacific, with a population of around 721,000. ADB recognizes Solomon Islands as a small island developing state and a fragile and conflict-affected situation. As a small open economy with a narrow economic base, the country is dependent on exports, which represented 42.0% of 2019 gross domestic product (GDP). Within this, logs accounted for 71.6% of exports, 22.0% of government revenues, and directly or indirectly supported nearly half of the workforce. Despite the constraints, Solomon Islands has experienced steady economic growth following the widespread civil conflict from 1998 to 2003. However, economic growth on a per capita basis has not been as large due to the fast-increasing population (more than 2% per year since 2004), and GDP per capita of $1,751, when adjusted for inflation, remains lower today than it was before the conflict. While poverty has declined in recent years, Solomon Islands has the second-lowest gross national income per capita among Pacific developing member countries ($2,020 in 2018). The United Nations classifies it as a least-developed country. Under the Solomon Islands National Development Strategy 2016-2035, the government aims to improve the social and economic livelihoods of women and men through inclusive economic growth. To achieve this goal, the government needs to mobilize more sustainable revenues from domestic sources.
Impact

Sustained and inclusive economic growth and funding for health, education, and social protection improved.

Project Outcome
Description of Outcome

Domestic resource mobilization improved.

Progress Toward Outcome A revenue administration and project management support consulting firm was contracted on 24 March 2022. The advisors were mobilized to Solomon Islands in July 2022. The contract to supply, install, commission, and maintain the TAIS was awarded on 22 July 2022.
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

Tax administration restructured along functional lines, and staff trained in new roles and business processes

A new fit-for-purpose TAIS acquired, and tax administration staff trained on how to obtain the greatest benefit from its use

IRD capacity for gender-responsive and effective tax education and taxpayer services improved.

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

Output 1: The Minister of Finance and Treasury has approved the new IRD structure, and the Ministry of Public Service's approval to the restructure is anticipated in Q4 2022, which will include 140 new positions. Some changes are underway. For example, a new Large Taxpayer Office has been created and staffed with 12 (existing) people. The design and development of new business processes have begun now that the advisors are in-country, and staff training will follow.

Output 2: The contract to upgrade the TAIS was awarded on 22 July 2022. The firm to provide the upgraded TAIS is working with IRD and the project advisors to develop a detailed TAIS upgrade plan. It is envisaged that it will take 2 years to install the upgraded TAIS, resolve all bugs, complete user acceptance testing, and train staff in its use.

Output 3: This work has not started. This work is likely to begin in 2023. Two key legislative changes are almost completed with the Tax Administration Act passed by Parliament in July 2022 and Value-Added Tax Bill to be considered by Parliament in November 2022. IRD and the project advisors will develop a specific taxpayer outreach plan later in the year.

Geographical Location Nation-wide
Safeguard Categories
Environment C
Involuntary Resettlement C
Indigenous Peoples C
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design
During Project Implementation
Business Opportunities
Consulting Services 3. Revenue Administration and Project Management Support Consultant (firm)
Procurement

1. Tax Administration Information System

2. Information Technology package

Responsible ADB Officer Hodge, Matthew W.
Responsible ADB Department Pacific Department
Responsible ADB Division Pacific Liaison and Coordination Office in Sydney, Australia
Executing Agencies
Ministry of Finance and Treasury
Timetable
Concept Clearance 17 Sep 2020
Fact Finding 15 Feb 2021 to 19 Feb 2021
MRM 23 Jul 2021
Approval 27 Sep 2021
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 26 Sep 2022

Grant 0802-SOL

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
27 Sep 2021 29 Oct 2021 09 Dec 2021 30 Jun 2027 - -
Financing Plan Grant Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 10.12 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 5.50 27 Oct 2022 4.65 0.00 84%
Counterpart 4.62 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 0.00 27 Oct 2022 0.38 0.00 7%
Status of Covenants
Category Sector Safeguards Social Financial Economic Others
Rating - - - Satisfactory - Satisfactory

Grant 0803-SOL

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
27 Sep 2021 29 Oct 2021 09 Dec 2021 30 Jun 2027 - -
Financing Plan Grant Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 6.50 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 0.00 27 Oct 2022 0.00 6.33 97%
Counterpart 0.00 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 6.50 27 Oct 2022 0.00 0.45 7%

Grant 0804-SOL

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
27 Sep 2021 29 Oct 2021 09 Dec 2021 30 Jun 2027 - -
Financing Plan Grant Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 3.50 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 0.00 27 Oct 2022 0.00 3.12 81%
Counterpart 0.00 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 3.50 27 Oct 2022 0.00 0.24 6%
Status of Covenants
Category Sector Safeguards Social Financial Economic Others
Rating - - - Satisfactory - Satisfactory

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Tenders

Tender Title Type Status Posting Date Deadline
Revenue Administration and Project Management Support Consultant Firm - Consulting Closed 05 Aug 2021 03 Sep 2021

Contracts Awarded

Contract Title Approval Number Contract Date Contractor | Address Executing Agency Total Contract Amount (US$) Contract Amount Financed by ADB (US$)
Supply Installation Commissioning and Maintenance of Tax Administration Information System (TAIS) Grant 0802 22 Jul 2022 DataTorque Limited | 5/40 Taranaki Street Wellington New Zealand Ministry of Finance and Treasury 1,366,350.60
Supply Installation Commissioning and Maintenance of Tax Administration Information System (TAIS) Grant 0803 22 Jul 2022 DataTorque Limited | 5/40 Taranaki Street Wellington New Zealand Ministry of Finance and Treasury 1,616,527.47
Revenue Administration and Project Management Support Consultant Grant 0804 24 Mar 2022 AARC Ltd | 31 Mespil Road Dublin 4 Ballsbridge Ireland Ministry of Finance and Treasury 2,002,498.43
Revenue Administration and Project Management Support Consultant Grant 0802 24 Mar 2022 AARC Ltd | 31 Mespil Road Dublin 4 Ballsbridge Ireland Ministry of Finance and Treasury 3,159,497.52
Revenue Administration and Project Management Support Consultant Grant 0803 24 Mar 2022 AARC Ltd | 31 Mespil Road Dublin 4 Ballsbridge Ireland Ministry of Finance and Treasury 3,737,997.06

Procurement Plan

None currently available.