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Pacific Liaison and Coordination Office Brochure

Pacific Liaison and Coordination Office Brochure

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This brochure provides an overview of the Pacific Liaison and Coordination Office (PLCO), which opened on 3 August 2005 and is the Asian Development Bank's (ADB) focal point for programming, processing, and administration of assistance in Nauru, Solomon Islands, and Vanuatu.
This brochure provides an overview of the Pacific Liaison and Coordination Office (PLCO), which opened on 3 August 2005 and is the Asian Development Bank's (ADB) focal point for programming, processing, and administration of assistance in Nauru, Solomon Islands, and Vanuatu.

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PacificLiaison andCoordinationOffice
 
The Pacific Liaison and Coordination Office (PLCO) is ADB’srepresentative office in Sydney, Australia; it also acts as a focalpoint to liaise with New Zealand government agencies, thinktanks, and civil society. In keeping with its liaison role, PLCOhosts joint activities and holds consultations with academic andresearch institutions, and civil society.PLCO opened on 3 August 2005 and is ADB’s focal pointfor programming, processing, and administration of assistancein Nauru, Solomon Islands, and Vanuatu.It also facilitates country reporting and updating, aidcoordination, external relations, and information dissemination.It allows ADB to be more responsive to the development needs ofthe Pacific and further strengthens its relations with governments,the private sector, and nongovernment organizations in the region. ADB promotes private sector development across all 14 of ADB’s Pacific developing member countries (DMCs). PLCOmanages the Pacific Private Sector Development Initiative(PSDI), a regional technical assistance program establishedby ADB in 2006 with cofinancing by the Australian Agency forInternational Development. PSDI supports the efforts of PacificDMCs to encourage private sector–led, sustainable economicgrowth. PSDI focuses on key reform areas including state-ownedenterprise (SOE) reform and public–private partnerships, financesector reform to promote access to financial services, and reformof the legal and business regulatory environments in the region.PLCO’s role—along with offices in Fiji, Papua New Guinea,and Timor-Leste, and field presence in Kiribati, Samoa, SolomonIslands, Tonga, and Vanuatu, and upcoming developmentcoordination offices in the Cook Islands and the FederatedStates of Micronesia—is to support and align ADB operationswith the evolving needs of the Pacific DMCs, and to strengthen ADB’s delivery of high-quality, basic social services in the region.The office also hosts the Pacific Infrastructure Advisory Center, which supports donor assistance to develop andmaintain critical economic infrastructure in the Pacific.
The Pacific Liaison andCoordination Office
New high level bridge on Makira, Solomon Islands
 
Nauru
Joined ADB: 1991
Focus:
 ADB’s assistance to Nauru is focused on the areas ofpublic financial management and private sector development.
Loans and Technical Assistance:
Has received one loan for$5 million, one grant for $4 million, and eight technicalassistance grants totaling $2.1 million
Current Loans/Project and Program Grants:
 ADB approvedthe $4 million Public Financial Management Reform Programin August 2012 under which the first $2 million tranche isbeing released.
Current Technical Assistance Grants:
The Regulatory andGovernance Reform for Improving Electricity and WaterSupply in Nauru technical assistance is being implemented in2011–2013. Nauru also benefits from a number of regionaltechnical assistance projects.
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This map was produced by the cartographyunit of the Asian Development Bank. Theboundaries, colors, denominations, and anyother information shown on this map do notimply, on the part of the Asian DevelopmentBank, any judgment on the legal status of anyterritory, or any endorsement or acceptance of such boundaries, colors, denominations, or information.
Solomon Islands
Joined ADB: 1973
Focus:
 ADB has aligned its sovereign operations with thegovernment’s National Development Strategy. Operationsfocus on (i) infrastructure development including transport andinformation and communication technology, (ii) public sectormanagement, and (iii) renewable energy. Recently, ADB ishelping boost students’ access to higher education through itsloan to the University of the South Pacific for a new campusin the capital Honiara. Proposed assistance for the SubmarineCable project will promote economic efficiency in the publicand private sectors and create opportunities including theimproved delivery of social services.
 Joint feld presence:
 ADB and the World Bank Groupestablished a joint field presence in Honiara in 2008. An ADBinfrastructure specialist is also based there. Office co-locationprovides strengthened aid coordination.
Technical Assistance and Project/Program Grants:
Has received 16 loans totaling $79.3 million, 7 AsianDevelopment Fund grants ($56.3 million), and 62 technicalassistance projects ($20 million)
Current Loans/Project and Program Grants:
In March 2010and August 2011, ADB approved Solomon Islands EconomicRecovery Support Program grants totaling $10 million, toassist the adjustment from economic deterioration aggravatedby the global economic crisis.The first and second Solomon Islands Road Improvement Projectshave a combined value of $53.8 million and are cofinancedby Australia, the European Union, and New Zealand. Theprojects include rehabilitation work in three provinces andlabor-based road maintenance targeting rural communitiesand women. The Domestic Maritime Support Project aims toprovide safe, reliable shipping services to rural communities.The Transport Sector Development Project aims to strengthentransport connectivity linking rural and urban populations.
Current Technical Assistance Grants:
 ADB’s private sectorreform activities in Solomon Islands include SOE reformsand improving the business environment through securedtransactions reforms. These activities are funded under PSDI.
 Vanuatu
Joined ADB: 1981
Focus:
 ADB has aligned its strategy with the government’spoverty reduction strategy by assisting the government toaddress constraints in (i) transport—by providing supportfor improved connectivity to markets and social services;(ii) urban development—by improving access to sanitationand drainage facilities and improving urban infrastructurewith a particular focus on Port Vila/Efate and potentially in asecond phase Luganville/Espiritu Santo; and (iii) energy—by supporting greater energy efficiency, rural electrification, andrenewable energy sources. ADB also aims to improve theenabling environment for private sector development.
 Joint feld presence:
 ADB and the World Bank Groupestablished a joint field presence in the capital Port Vila in2010. The ADB/World Bank Joint Vanuatu Liaison Officeprovides opportunities for strengthened aid coordinationand effectiveness.
Loans and Technical Assistance and Project/ProgramGrants:
Since 1981, ADB has approved 11 loans foran amount of $67.0 million and 59 technical assistanceprojects for $21.0 million.
Current Loans/Project and Program Grants:
 ADB hasresumed operations in Vanuatu with two strategic investmentloans approved by the ADB Board in 2011. These arethe Vanuatu Interisland Shipping Support Project and thePort Vila Urban Development Project, cofinanced with thegovernments of New Zealand and Australia respectively.
Current Technical Assistance Grants:
There are four activetechnical assistance projects amounting to $4.7 million. ADB’s private sector reform activities aim to improve thebusiness environment through corporate law and SOEreforms. ADB also supports financial inclusion activities andhas supported the National Bank of Vanuatu to pilot newbranchless banking technologies. In the transport sector, ADB in cooperation with the Government of New Zealand,provides technical assistance to support the development ofthe domestic maritime sector. Vendor at Honiara Central Market, Solomon Islands

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