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Thursday, November 16, 2006

ADB the Salvation to Honiara Road Development


GOVERNMENT is allocating $2.7 million for its rolling works programme in Honiara.
The programme is part of the National Transport Plan road maintenance project in Honiara.
Asian Development Bank, which is providing funds towards this project, said the funding would cover a three-year road maintenance programme in Honiara.
ADB representative Terry Boyce said routine maintenance in Honiara would include Kukum and Tandai Highway until 2009.
Mr Boyce said the road maintenance project would start next year.
Mr Boyce was speaking at the launched of the Procurement and Contractors Administrative Manual yesterday.
The manual was then formally introduced to local contractors representing all the sectors. About 45 contractors both private and civil, tradesmen, planners and suppliers attended the introductory workshop.
Minister Department of Infrastructure and Development Stanley Sofu yesterday said the manual outlined the tendering and contracting procedures used by the ministry as it changed its role from being a service provider to a contract management organisation.
Mr Boyce said the manual sets out the procedures and regulations to bid during a tender advertised by the Infrastructure Ministry.
“Tenders will be given out to contractors to do such as job, therefore contractors must be aware and familiarize with some of the criteria as stipulated in the manuals,” he said.
Meanwhile, Mr Boyce stated that the road maintenance programme is estimated to cost $0.5million on Kukum Highway and $0.3million on Tandai Highway.
This is expected to be the same in 2008 and 2009.
He pointed out that maintenance of the roads is the responsibility of the government and roads must be maintained at all times for the benefit of the people.
The introductory workshop will end today.

source Solomon star

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