MOU Reached To Fund Vanuatu's Cyclone Pam Reconstruction Project

$16.8 million Efate project funded by government, ADB, GEF

By Godwin Ligo

PORT VILA, Vanuatu (Vanuatu Daily Post, Nov. 24, 2016) – A memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the Land Owners, Land Lease Holders on Efate, and the Vanuatu Government through the Ministry of Lands, was signed Monday this week, giving a go-ahead for the Cyclone Pam Road Reconstruction Project, to proceed in the middle of 2017.

The signing ceremony was facilitated by the Social and Environmental Safeguard Officer under the Project, Tony Arthur, as the Director General in the Ministry of Lands Joe Ligo, signed for and on behalf of the Ministry just before his departure from the public sector today. The signing ceremony was witnessed by the Efate Vaturisu Council of Chiefs Secretary General, Chief Jimmy Meameadola.

Twenty sites along Efate ring road including bridges, roads and culverts, damaged during Cyclone Pam, around Efate Island, are included in the Pam Road Reconstruction Project.

The Government of Vanuatu with the assistance from the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Global Environment Facility (GEF) is funding the project with a total of Vt: 1.8 Billion [US$16.8 million]; 50% in the form a grant and 50% in a form of a loan, according to the Ministry and the Department of Infrastructure and Public Utilities officials.

Speaking on behalf of the Chiefs and land owners during the signing ceremony, the Efate Vaturisu Council of Chiefs Secretary General, Chief Jimmy Maemaedola, described the Efate Ring Road as ‘the road of life’.

“Our chiefs and the population of Efate were worried after Cyclone Pam when we realize the extensive damages it had caused to the Efate Ring Road.

“Our hope was for the Government to do something and repair the damage as soon as possible.

“While it had taken time, today we are so glad to see the project realized of course with the agreement of the land owners and the land lease holders.

“Now we are confident that the road that does not only serve the population of Efate, but the whole country, will all be fixed and continue to service the people of Efate and Vanuatu as a whole,” said Chief Maemaedola.

After the Cyclone Pam, a feasibility study was first carried out followed by draft detail design and draft tender documents which are expected to be ready by December 2016. Once all the documents pertaining to the project are approved by the Vanuatu Government through the Ministry of Infrastructure and Public Utilities, the tender will be launched in early 2017, followed with award contract for the Project to commence.

The Ministry of Infrastructure and Public Utilities assures the people of Efate and Vanuatu that the project is going ahead that will be better than before, says one Ministry and Department of Infrastructure and Public Utilities official.

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