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Vanuatu: Transport Sector Projects Preparatory Financing

Sovereign (Public) Project | 54073-001 Status: Proposed

The proposed project readiness financing will support the government in preparing feasibilities, engineering designs, surveys, procurement and other start-up activities of ensuing projects. The proposed assistance is aligned with the Vanuatu National Development Sustainable Plan-The People Plan 2030 which identifies equitable and affordable access to efficient transport by air, land and sea in urban and rural areas as a priority and ADB's country operations business plan, 2020-2022 for Vanuatu. It is also aligned with the Pacific Approach 2016-2020 and Strategy 2030 by reducing costs of doing business and providing social services by improving connectivity through land, sea, and air.

Project Details

Project Officer
Haider, Syed Hussain Pacific Department Request for information
Country
  • Vanuatu
Sector
  • Transport
 
Project Name Transport Sector Projects Preparatory Financing
Project Number 54073-001
Country Vanuatu
Project Status Proposed
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Grant
Source of Funding / Amount
Grant: Transport Sector Project Readiness Financing
concessional ordinary capital resources lending / Asian Development Fund US$ 5.00 million
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Governance and capacity development
Private sector development
Sector / Subsector

Transport / Road transport (non-urban) - Transport policies and institutional development - Water transport (non-urban)

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming
Description The proposed project readiness financing will support the government in preparing feasibilities, engineering designs, surveys, procurement and other start-up activities of ensuing projects. The proposed assistance is aligned with the Vanuatu National Development Sustainable Plan-The People Plan 2030 which identifies equitable and affordable access to efficient transport by air, land and sea in urban and rural areas as a priority and ADB's country operations business plan, 2020-2022 for Vanuatu. It is also aligned with the Pacific Approach 2016-2020 and Strategy 2030 by reducing costs of doing business and providing social services by improving connectivity through land, sea, and air.
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

Vanuatu's economy is founded largely on agriculture and services. Agriculture, fishery, and forestry account for around 22% of GDP and 65% of the labor force, with crop production dominating. The service sector accounts for nearly 68% of GDP and 30% of employment. The service sector relates primarily to tourism which puts premium importance on developing air, land, and sea services to improve market linkages within the country and for social cohesion.

The Vanuatu transport network comprised of predominantly government owned infrastructure and services comprised of two main international seaports, 3 international airports, road network of estimated to be 2,000 km of sealed, gravel and earth roads, 28 domestic airstrips and 36 domestic wharfs, jetties and landings, primarily used for interisland connectivity. The islands in Vanuatu are mostly mountainous or steeply undulating. The physical geography and dispersed population of the island group creates some unique challenges for transport sector in Vanuatu and makes it difficult to build maintain transport infrastructure. Frequent natural disasters make things more complicated where majority of available funds with the government diverted from budgeted purposes into the emergency rehabilitation of critical, mostly urban infrastructure leaving limited resources for maintenance and upgradation of rural areas which leads to rapid deterioration in transport sector assets.

Impact
Outcome
Outputs
Geographical Location 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 Haider, Syed Hussain
Responsible ADB Department Pacific Department
Responsible ADB Division PATC
Timetable
Concept Clearance -
Fact Finding 17 Jun 2020 to 22 Jun 2020
MRM 30 Sep 2020
Approval -
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 09 Jul 2020

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Tenders

Tender Title Type Status Posting Date Deadline
Vanuatu - Outer Islands Roads and Maritime Project (OIRMP) Domestic Wharfs and Roads’ Construction/Upgrading Firm - Consulting Closed 26 Jan 2021 22 Feb 2021

Contracts Awarded

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