Regional : Supporting Quality Infrastructure and Effective Project Implementation in the Pacific

Sovereign Project | 55074-001

1. The knowledge and support technical assistance (TA) will help increase the capacity of executing and implementing agencies and fiduciary institutions to implement projects funded by

the Asian Development Bank (ADB) in the Pacific developing member countries (DMCs).

2. ADB's Strategy 2030, along with the fragile and conflict-affected situations and small islands developing states approach, acknowledge that Pacific DMCs face a high degree of fragility

and have a considerable need for institutional strengthening (refer ADB. 2018. Strategy 2030: Achieving a Prosperous, Inclusive, Resilient and Sustainable Asia and the Pacific. Manila;

Project Details

  • Project Officer
    Bhattacharya, Sibesh
    Pacific Department
    Request for information
  • Country/Economy
    Regional
  • Sector
    • Public sector management
Project Name
Supporting Quality Infrastructure and Effective Project Implementation in the Pacific
Project Number
55074-001
Country / Economy
  • Regional
  • Cook Islands
  • Fiji
  • Micronesia, Federated States of
  • Kiribati
  • Nauru
  • Niue
  • Palau
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Marshall Islands
  • Samoa
  • Solomon Islands
  • Tonga
  • Tuvalu
  • Vanuatu
Project Status
Active
Project Type / Modality of Assistance
  • Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 6765-REG: Supporting Quality Infrastructure and Effective Project Implementation
Source Amount
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 1.50 million
TA 6765-REG: Supporting Quality Infrastructure and Effective Project Implementation in the Pacific
Source Amount
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 370,000.00
Operational Priorities
  • OP6: Strengthening governance and institutional capacity
Sector / Subsector
  • Public sector management / Public administration

Gender
No gender elements
Description

1. The knowledge and support technical assistance (TA) will help increase the capacity of executing and implementing agencies and fiduciary institutions to implement projects funded by

the Asian Development Bank (ADB) in the Pacific developing member countries (DMCs).

2. ADB's Strategy 2030, along with the fragile and conflict-affected situations and small islands developing states approach, acknowledge that Pacific DMCs face a high degree of fragility

and have a considerable need for institutional strengthening (refer ADB. 2018. Strategy 2030: Achieving a Prosperous, Inclusive, Resilient and Sustainable Asia and the Pacific. Manila;

and ADB. 2021. Fragile and Conflict-Affected Situations and Small Island Developing States Approach. Manila). The strategy requires ADB to tailor implementation processes to the Pacific DMC context and strengthen collaboration with other development partners and civil society organizations to make ADB operations fragility- and conflict-sensitive. ADB committed to augment resources to accommodate the added preparation and supervision costs arising from security and other related needs to ensure countries that overcome conflict and fragility do not slip back into those conditions.

3. The ADB Pacific Approach, 2021-2025, covering 12 small Pacific Island countries, identified vulnerability to shocks, weak service delivery, and slow growth as core challenges, while

recognizing that the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic is the most severe economic shock the countries have faced to date and that the fallout is expected to be felt through to 2023

or 2024 (refer ADB. 2021. Pacific Approach, 2021-2025. Manila).

Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

4. ADB's Pacific Department included TA for supporting quality infrastructure and effective project implementation in its 2021-2023 regional operations business plan (refer ADB. 2020. Regional Operations Business Plan: Pacific, 2021-2023. Manila). The proposed TA is directly related to the Strategy 2030 operations priority of strengthening governance and institutional capacity and will cover all Pacific DMCs.

Impact

Improved delivery of project outcomes in the Pacific DMCs

Project Outcome

Description of Outcome

Strengthened capacities of target entities in Pacific developing member countries

Progress Toward Outcome
Only one of the four outcome indicator targets was achieved in 2022. Despite implementation challenges brought about by the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, key portfolio indicators remained stable from 2021 to 2022.

Implementation Progress

Description of Project Outputs

Capacity building and equipment support given to target entities

Studies, surveys, due diligence, and assessments conducted

Country and/or regional portfolio review meetings and business opportunity seminars conducted

Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)
Output 1: Consultants are engaged to support in the areas of project management, procurement, environment safeguards, and financial management. A loan disbursement seminar was held in Papua New Guinea in March 2023 and similar seminar for PLCO and SPSO countries, and a FIDIC seminar are also planned in Fiji in May-June 2023. Output 2: A knowledge product on non-price evaluation criteria for civil works bids, Green Climate Fund financed project interim assessments and preparation of environmental due diligence and monitoring reports for Cook Islands were supported. TA is funding the evaluation of completed projects through a framework consulting arrangements. Output 3: CPRM in Samoa in March 2023 was conducted. Three more are planned in 2023.
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; Papua New Guinea - 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

Contact

Responsible ADB Officer
Bhattacharya, Sibesh
Responsible ADB Department
Pacific Department
Responsible ADB Division
Office of the Director General, PARD (PAOD)
Executing Agencies
Asian Development Bank

Timetable

Concept Clearance
29 Jun 2021
Fact Finding
-
MRM
-
Approval
01 Sep 2021
Last Review Mission
-
Last PDS Update
10 May 2023

Funding

TA 6765-REG

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
01 Sep 2021 - 01 Sep 2021 31 Aug 2026 - -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
1,870,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 1,870,000.00
Cumulative Disbursements
Date Amount
03 Jul 2024 1,311,124.69

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Safeguard Documents See also: Safeguards
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Evaluation Documents See also: Independent Evaluation

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Tenders

Tender Title Type Status Posting Date Deadline
Planning and Project Management Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed
Procurement and Contract Management Officer, KFSU Individual - Consulting Closed
Environmental and Social Safeguards Officer, KFSU Individual - Consulting Closed
Claims Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed
Financial Management Officer, KFSU Individual - Consulting Closed
Planning and Project Management Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed
Project Coordinator (JFPR Grant 9225-COO: Supporting the Safe Recovery of Travel and Tourism) Individual - Consulting Closed
Safeguards Specialist (NATIONAL)-READVERTISEMENT Individual - Consulting Closed
Road Safety Audit, Training and Policy Assessment Individual - Consulting Closed
Project Manager (COO: JFPR Grant - Supporting the Safe Recovery of Travel and Tourism in the Cook Islands) Individual - Consulting Closed
Project Manager Individual - Consulting Closed
Safeguards Specialist (NATIONAL) Individual - Consulting Closed
Accountant to Prepare Final Project Financial Statements for KIR: South Tarawa Sanitation Improvement Sector Project Individual - Consulting Closed
Financial Management Officer, KFSU Individual - Consulting Closed
GCF Interim Evaluation Consultant Individual - Consulting Closed
Project Procurement Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed
GCF Interim Evaluation Consultant Individual - Consulting Closed
Project Manager (COO: JFPR Grant - Supporting the Safe Recovery of Travel and Tourism in the Cook Islands) Individual - Consulting Closed

Contracts Awarded

No contracts awarded for this project were found

Procurement Plan

None currently available.