Since PRIF was established in 2009, a number of Technical Assistance, Research and other projects have been completed. Below are some examples of projects leading to the publication of extensive reports that are available through the Document Repository. Further information can be found under the relevant sector headings, by searching the Document Repository or by contacting the PRIF Coordination Office.
Inadequate infrastructure maintenance has long been recognised as a challenge. The failure to manage and maintain existing infrastructure assets in Pacific island countries has resulted in a large infrastructure debt – representing the gap between what has and should have been spent on infrastructure. The premature deterioration of infrastructure affects lives. It translates into fewer people having access to health clinics; fewer children going to school; deaths from vehicles colliding when negotiating pot holed roads; and disease resulting from the contamination of water sources because of blocked drains, untreated sewage, and the exposure of hazardous waste. The lack of preventative maintenance is also costly in a financial sense. It is well known that preventative maintenance provides a better financial return than investment in new infrastructure. This is important given that Pacific Region Infrastructure Facility (PRIF) partners alone will be spending an estimated USD1.7 billion investing in core economic infrastructure between 2008-09 and 2016-17.
World Bank estimates of the resources required for infrastructure maintenance range from an average of 5.1 per cent in middle income countries to 6.9 per cent of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in low income countries. For Pacific Island Countries, we estimate an average of six per cent of GDP is required for the maintenance of existing infrastructure, equating to USD1,266 million per annum. Pacific Island Countries must also address the backlog of delayed maintenance and budget for the maintenance of planned infrastructure. Data on current maintenance spending are not available, but there is common agreement that maintenance is being avoided within the ‘build-neglect-rebuild’ paradigm.
The 2013 Water Benchmarking study and report captures benchmarking results from 24 water utilities, 20 of which completed the 2013 benchmarking questionnaire. Collectively these utilities supply water and wastewater services in 14 countries and 2 US protectorates in the Pacific region. The report has been prepared under the direction of the Pacific Water and Wastes Association (PWWA) with support from the Pacific Region Infrastructure Facility (PRIF).
The results of the 2013 benchmarking were presented at a benchmarking workshop during the PWWA Annual Conference in Rarotonga, Cook Islands on 11-12 November 2013. The financial and technical data individual utilities reported are based on financial years ending in 2012. The methodology and approach applied in previous years was continued, in which PWWA oversaw data collection and consultants were contracted for quality control and to analyse data and prepare the final benchmarking report. The consultants also supported utilities in preparing performance improvement action plans.
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National Infrastructure Investment Plans (NIIP)
The PRIF (and the former PIAC) have completed a number of NIIPs across the Pacific Island Countries including the Cook Islands, Nauru, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga and Tuvalu.
The Solomon Islands National Infrastructure Investment Plan (SI NIIP) outlines the Solomon Islands’ priorities and plans for major economic infrastructure1 over the next five to 10 years. The plan focuses on strategic investments important to the future of the Solomon Islands. The SI NIIP was prepared through a consultative process involving a wide range of stakeholders, including government agencies, state owned enterprises (SOEs), development partners, civil society, and the private sector. It covers the following infrastructure sub-sectors:
- Transport – Land
- Transport – Aviation
- Transport – Shipping
- Water Supply and Sanitation
- Solid Waste Management
- Energy and Power
- Telecommunications and Information Technology
The aim of the SI NIIP is to identify and prioritise the package of infrastructure investments which best meets the needs of the Solomon Islands in coming years, and to plan for the funding and implementation of these investments. The SI NIIP also recommends actions for consideration by the
Solomon Islands Government (SIG) regarding the long-term sustainability of infrastructure assets, and identifies the implications of climate change and disaster risk for these types of infrastructure.