The Pacific Department proposes technical assistance (TA) funding support on a grant basis from the Asian Development Bank (ADB) for a regional TA to conduct an analysis of regional and national operations in aviation, shipping, and road transport services.
This TA aims to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of transportation services by developing consensus on regional and national sector road maps for reform of public sector operations and policies and increased private sector participation in service provision, leading to increased economic development in the Pacific region. The TA framework is in Appendix 1.
Improving transportation services to support private sector growth and rural development has been an enduring feature of ADB’s dialogue with Pacific developing member countries (PDMCs) and is an objective in 11 of the 13 country strategies and programs. Numerous field missions and previous regional TAs (Appendix 2) undertaken in PDMCs have established the required basis for this proposal.2 This TA is included in ADB’s Pacific Regional Cooperation Strategy and Program 2003-2008.