Boost for Tuvalu’s aviation infrastructure

2013-10-11T00:00:00Z

As part of an ongoing project to increase aviation safety and security in the Pacific, the World Bank is to provide a US$6.06 million fillip to strengthen Tuvalu’s aviation infrastructure.<!--more-->

The additional funds will help improve operational safety and oversight of international air transport and associated infrastructure. Part of the funds will be used to support the resurfacing of key roads on Fongafale Island, which provide access to the Funafuti airport – the country’s vital aviation link to the outside world.

The funding will also provide for new solar street lighting, a road safety awareness campaign and new maintenance equipment besides an 800,000-litre water cistern to improve the drinking water supply for local residents.

The World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors last week approved the funding, which the International Development Association (IDA) will provide. It is part of a series of projects implemented under the Pacific Aviation Investment Program (PAIP) that are designed to increase aviation safety and security in the Pacific, focusing on developing key airport infrastructure for international travel such as runways, navigation aids and lighting; aviation sector reform, and improving airport management and operations.

The Tuvalu Aviation Investment Project (TvAIP) is the first-ever IDA-financed investment in Tuvalu. The original TvAIP financing in the amount of US$ 11.85 million was approved on December 13, 2011.

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