ABOUT THE PROJECT
The project is a continuation of financing for the Infrastructure Management Project (Phase 2) which is due for completion in June 2010. The primary objectives of the Government's request to extend the project are to:
- Fund the remaining works identified under the original project i.e. gap-financing;
- Assist in funding institutional and technological improvements and needs for Disaster Management and Land Registration Systems; and
- Continue the reform of the Ministry of Works, Transport and Infrastructure to bring these changes into effect.
The Infrastructure Management Project (Phase 2) was designed around five components. The Samoa Airport Authority will fund further development of the international and minor airports from their own resources, including an instrumented landing system.
Improvements in roads and other infrastructure networks will focus on road capacity, safety, pedestrian facilities, access to remote villages, and resilience of infrastructure to natural hazards, through bridge replacement and rehabilitation.
Technical and advisory assistance will support the development of sustainable management of natural resources and the environment to improve response to emergencies. Communities and organisations will also be empowered to reduce risks from natural disasters through environment, risk, and resources management, and risk adaptation measures.
Strengthening of institutions through the delivery of services by the private sector will include the management and regulation of transport systems and assets, in addition to training assistance.
Project management will provide support for the efficient administration of the project.
The Infrastructure Management Project (Phase 2) was itself a continuation of the original Infrastructure Management Project which ran from 1999—2004. The aim here was to ensure transport and coastal infrastructure assets were sustainable and managed by an effective partnership of all stakeholders. The subsequent two projects have expanded on this foundation in order to enhance the outcome for Samoa’s infrastructure sector.