Papua New Guinea : Sustainable Highlands Region Core Road Network Project

Sovereign Project | 56007-001

This stand-alone loan, formerly Highlands Region Road Improvement Program (HRRIIP) 2, is one of the three ensuing projects of Loan No. 6032-PNG: Transport Sector Preparatory Project (Project Readiness Financing [PRF]). The proposed project builds on the first HRRIIP, which was completed in 2020 and improved 347 km of the Highlands core road network (HCRN). The proposed project will improve the top priority roads with high design readiness. The larger project covering tentatively 12 remaining roads totaling 407 km is being prepared through the ongoing PRF loan in parallel. As Phase 1, this project will finance the improvement of five roads of the HCRN totaling 116 km to all-weather roads with gender-responsive and social-inclusive design features (output 1).

Project Details

  • Project Officer
    Kalliokoski, Ari
    Sectors Group
    Request for information
  • Country/Economy
    Papua New Guinea
  • Sector
    • Transport
Project Name
Sustainable Highlands Region Core Road Network Project
Project Number
56007-001
Country / Economy
  • Papua New Guinea
Project Status
Proposed
Project Type / Modality of Assistance
  • Grant
  • Loan
  • Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
Grant: Sustainable Highlands Region Core Road Network Project, Phase 1
Source Amount
Asian Development Fund US$ 9.00 million
Loan: Sustainable Highlands Region Core Road Network Project
Source Amount
Ordinary capital resources US$ 223.35 million
Concessional ordinary capital resources lending US$ 14.05 million
TA: Enhancing the Socio-economic and Poverty Benefits of Improved Transportation
Source Amount
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 1.50 million
Operational Priorities
  • OP1: Addressing remaining poverty and reducing inequalities
  • OP2: Accelerating progress in gender equality
  • OP3: Tackling climate change, building climate and disaster resilience, and enhancing environmental sustainability
  • OP5: Promoting rural development and food security
Sector / Subsector
  • Agriculture, natural resources and rural development / Agricultural policy, institutional and capacity development - Agricultural production - Agro-industry, marketing, and trade - Livestock - Rural market infrastructure

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

Gender
Effective gender mainstreaming
Description
This stand-alone loan, formerly Highlands Region Road Improvement Program (HRRIIP) 2, is one of the three ensuing projects of Loan No. 6032-PNG: Transport Sector Preparatory Project (Project Readiness Financing [PRF]). The proposed project builds on the first HRRIIP, which was completed in 2020 and improved 347 km of the Highlands core road network (HCRN). The proposed project will improve the top priority roads with high design readiness. The larger project covering tentatively 12 remaining roads totaling 407 km is being prepared through the ongoing PRF loan in parallel. As Phase 1, this project will finance the improvement of five roads of the HCRN totaling 116 km to all-weather roads with gender-responsive and social-inclusive design features (output 1). The project will also enhance the socioeconomic and poverty benefits of improved transportation through physical and nonphysical interventions that support climate-resilient livelihood and income diversification, build capacity to address key social issues and improve community-based infrastructure relevant to the communities along the project roads (output 2). The project will improve road safety and women's use and access to road infrastructure through gender-sensitive designs (output 3).
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy
Providing safe and efficient transport is a top government priority under PNG's Development Strategic Plan, 2010-2030, National Transport Strategy, and Medium-Term Development Plan III. In the road transport sector, government's strategic priorities are defined in the Connect PNG initiative focusing on developing a key economic lifeline road network to improve connectivity and addressing the chronic maintenance negligence. To reduce the cost and time of moving people and goods reliably between communities and key economic centers, the government has requested ADB's assistance to continue the rehabilitation of the HCRN. The project is aligned with ADB Strategy 2030 by improving market connectivity, thus promoting rural development and food security. The project will (i) address remaining poverty and reduce inequalities in the Highlands region, and (ii) accelerate progress in gender equality and tackle climate change with the proposed solutions. The project is also aligned with all three strategic pathways of ADB's country partnership strategy for PNG by (i) improving land connectivity, (ii) enhancing capacity building, (iii) building disaster and climate resilience with crosscutting aspects of (iv) gender mainstreaming, and (v) addressing climate change. The project is expected to be aligned with the Paris Agreement. The Paris Agreement Alignment assessment is being prepared.
Impact

Inter- and intra-regional connectivity improved.

Strong economic growth and social development sustained.

Road safety along the national road network improved.

Outcome

Road transport safety, efficiency and accessibility for people, goods, and services on the selected regional roads of the core road network in Highlands region improved.

Outputs

Existing roads in Highlands region improved.

Socio-economic activities enhanced.

Road safety of the project roads increased.

Geographical Location
Nation-wide

Safeguard Categories

Environment
B
Involuntary Resettlement
B
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

Contact

Responsible ADB Officer
Kalliokoski, Ari
Responsible ADB Department
Sectors Group
Responsible ADB Division
Transport Sector Office (SG-TRA)
Executing Agencies
Department of Works and Highways

Timetable

Concept Clearance
29 Jun 2023
Fact Finding
15 Apr 2024 to 19 Apr 2024
MRM
26 Jul 2024
Approval
-
Last Review Mission
-
Last PDS Update
04 Jul 2023

Funding

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Title Document Type Document Date
Sustainable Highlands Region Core Road Network Project: Initial Poverty and Social Analysis Initial Poverty and Social Analysis Jun 2023

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