Solomon Islands: Land and Maritime Connectivity Project

Sovereign Project | 53421-001

The project is to rehabilitate or upgrade about 35 kilometers of urban and rural roads in Honiara city and the surrounding regions in Guadalcanal Province, construct 2 rural wharves, and reconstruct and strengthen an old wharf in Honiara port. The objective is to improve connectivity, efficiency, and disaster resilience of transportation network in Solomon Islands. The east-west Guadalcanal road corridor is in deteriorating condition, critical urban road sections have capacity constraints leading to traffic congestion, and inadequate maritime facilities aggravating efficiency of shipping services. The proposed project will provide road and maritime infrastructure, ensuring access to basic services, increase income generating opportunities, and promote social cohesiveness.

Project Details

  • Project Officer
    Kawabata, Tomoaki
    Pacific Department
    Request for information
  • Country/Economy
    Solomon Islands
  • Sector
    • Transport
Project Name Land and Maritime Connectivity Project
Project Number 53421-001
Country / Economy Solomon Islands
Project Status Active
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Grant
Loan
Source of Funding / Amount
Grant 0110-SOL: Land and Maritime Connectivity Project
Asian Development Fund US$ 74.46 million
MFF Facility Concept 0110-SOL: Land and Maritime Connectivity Project
Concessional ordinary capital resources lending US$ 74.42 million
Strategic Agendas Environmentally sustainable growth
Inclusive economic growth
Regional integration
Drivers of Change Gender Equity and Mainstreaming
Governance and capacity development
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 Effective gender mainstreaming
Description The project is to rehabilitate or upgrade about 35 kilometers of urban and rural roads in Honiara city and the surrounding regions in Guadalcanal Province, construct 2 rural wharves, and reconstruct and strengthen an old wharf in Honiara port. The objective is to improve connectivity, efficiency, and disaster resilience of transportation network in Solomon Islands. The east-west Guadalcanal road corridor is in deteriorating condition, critical urban road sections have capacity constraints leading to traffic congestion, and inadequate maritime facilities aggravating efficiency of shipping services. The proposed project will provide road and maritime infrastructure, ensuring access to basic services, increase income generating opportunities, and promote social cohesiveness.
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy The initiative of the government to strengthen transport connectivity is in line with ADB Strategy 2030 operational priorities. Investments in building a climate- and disaster-resilient transport network will contribute to addressing remaining poverty and reducing inequalities, accelerating progress in gender equality, making cities more livable, and fostering regional cooperation and integration. The project supports the implementation of climate- and disaster-resilient infrastructure by incorporating designs that address the risk of earthquake and of flooding during heavy rainfall. The project will also support improved transport infrastructure maintenance practices and will contribute to strengthening the institutional capacity of MID.
Impact

Access to essential services and productive resources and markets provided to all Solomon Islanders (National Development Strategy, 2016-2035).

Project Outcome
Description of Outcome

Connectivity, efficiency, and disaster resilience of transportation network in Solomon Islands improved

Progress Toward Outcome Ongoing.
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

Road transport infrastructure rehabilitated and climate proofed

Maritime transport infrastructure constructed and made resilient to disaster risks

Institutional capacity strengthened

Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues) The contracts for the civil works and construction supervision consulting firm have been awarded. Procurement for the maritime civil works package is ongoing.
Geographical Location Nation-wide
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects The MID prepared an environmental assessment and review framework, and three initial environmental examinations (IEEs). The impacts of works for each component are site-specific, largely limited to the construction footprint, and can be mitigated and managed to acceptable levels provided the measures identified in the IEE and environmental management plan (EMP) are implemented, and subsequently monitored and reported. The Environment and Conservation Division of the Ministry of Environment, Climate Change, Disaster Management and Meteorology has adequate capacity to monitor the project with PMU support. The IEEs and EMPs will be reformatted as public environment reports and submitted to the Environment and Conservation Division as the basis of the application for development consent for the subprojects.
Involuntary Resettlement The MID prepared a land acquisition resettlement framework, two resettlement plans, and three due diligence reports (DDRs) for the overall project. The resettlement framework will guide any further resettlement plans or DDRs required during project implementation and for any unanticipated impacts. The two draft resettlement plans were prepared for the upgrading of the road section between Town Ground and White River on Guadalcanal and for the construction of the Ahanga and Kira Kira wharves, which will require some land acquisition and compensation for crops and trees. The construction supervision consultants will assist the PMU with the updating, implementation, and monitoring of the resettlement plans and the management of any unanticipated impacts.
Indigenous Peoples No impacts are expected on distinct and vulnerable groups of indigenous peoples as defined under the Safeguard Policy Statement. The beneficiaries at the project sites are not discriminated upon because of their language, skin color, or traditional practices. However, the MID has prepared a planning framework to meet mandatory MFF requirements and address any unanticipated issues that could arise. All project outputs will be delivered in a culturally appropriate and participatory manner.
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design Project stakeholders have been consulted during the project preparatory stage and the in preparation of the RPs and DDRs. Such meaningful consultations shall continue throughout the project cycle, and a stakeholder consultation strategy and draft community consultation plan have been drafted to guide these activities including updating the documents after the detailed engineering design. All community members, including women, have expressed their full support for the project during consultations undertaken as part of due diligence document preparations.
During Project Implementation Consultation procedures begins early in the project preparation stage and is carried out on an ongoing basis throughout the project cycle. The stakeholder communication strategy has been prepared based on the principles of transparency, timeliness, meaningful participation, and inclusiveness. It will ensure that vulnerable groups, such as poor and women, are provided opportunities for and receive timely information and provide feedback during detailed design as well as during project implementation. The strategy also serves to inform and support the communities and residences and enhance governments capacity to deliver positive project outcomes and enhance project activities, while mitigating any potential negative impacts.
Business Opportunities
Consulting Services Procurement under the project will be undertaken in accordance with the ADB Procurement Policy (2017, as amended from time to time) and the Procurement Regulations for ADB Borrowers (2017, as amended from time to time).
Procurement All advance contracting and retroactive financing will be undertaken in conformity with ADB Procurement Policy (2017, as amended from time to time) and the Procurement Regulations for ADB Borrowers (2017, as amended from time to time).
Responsible ADB Officer Kawabata, Tomoaki
Responsible ADB Department Pacific Department
Responsible ADB Division PATC
Timetable
Concept Clearance 25 May 2020
Fact Finding 03 Jun 2020 to 17 Jun 2020
MRM 01 Sep 2020
Approval 04 Jun 2021
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 26 Sep 2022

MFF Facility Concept 0110-SOL

Financing Plan Loan Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 170.71 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 148.88 - 0.00 0.00 %
Counterpart 21.83 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 0.00 - 0.00 0.00 %

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