New infrastructure plan for Solomon Islands


The Solomon Islands Government has launched the Solomon Islands National Infrastructure Investment Plan, which outlines its infrastructure investment priorities for the next 10 years.<!--more-->

The 2013-2023 national plan covers 29 projects involving lands, aviation, and maritime transport; water supply and sanitation, solid waste management; energy and power; telecommunications and Information and Communication Technology (ICT).

<a href=""><img class="alignleft size-full wp-image-5570" alt="PRIF" src="" width="138" height="104" /></a>Among the projects listed in the plan are the upgrading of Henderson Airport and provincial runways, the Tina Hydropower Project and rural electrification programmes, rehabilitation of roads in Malaita and Guadalcanal provinces, Provincial Sanitary landfills, extension of the wharf for the Honiara Port and rehabilitation of provincial wharves and water supply in rural areas and Honiara.

The Minister of Development Planning and Aid Coordination, Connelly Sandakabatu, launched the plan along with representatives of the Pacific Region Infrastructure Facility (PRIF) at the quarterly Solomon Islands donor coordination meeting last week. PRIF is a multi-development partner coordination and technical facility which supports infrastructure development in the Pacific.

The plan highlights the importance of adequate infrastructure asset maintenance, and strongly encourages private sector participation in infrastructure development activities in Solomon Islands. The plan is underpinned by an assessment of available finance and a funding strategy for both capital works and recurrent costs.

The Solomon Islands Government, with technical assistance from the PRIF and in close coordination with national stakeholders, development partners, civil society groups and the private sector prepared the Solomon Islands National Infrastructure Investment Plan.