Wednesday, 30 May 2007 7:56 AM

ADB assists in emergency project

The Solomon Islands Government, with the assistance of the Asian Development Bank, have agreed on an Emergency Assistance Project for the rehabilitation of damaged infrastructure.

The project will specifically target badly affected areas in West and Choiseul. The proposed project, which will be co-financed by the European Union, will be implemented from 2007 to 2009.

It will finance rehabilitation of damaged infrastructure, including about 35 kilometres of roads, 29 bridges, about four wharves, one jetty, and the Gizo town water supply and sanitation system.

ADB has committed to assisting the Government by providing technical support in overall coordination, and drafting the Recovery Action Plan, in cooperation with other development partners.

Robert Guild, Senior Transport Specialist from ADB's Pacific Department said that one of the main goals of the Emergency Assistance Project is to restore economic and social activities in the affected areas to pre-tsunami level.