MANILA, Philippines, July 8 -- The Asian Development Bank issued the following news release:
Work has begun to upgrade and rehabilitate Tatamba Wharf on the eastern end of Santa Isabel. The wharf is one of four wharves and a landing ramp to be improved under the second phase of the Domestic Maritime Support Project, which is financed by the Solomon Islands Government, Asian Development Bank (ADB), Australian Government, and New Zealand Aid Programme.
The project is constructing rural wharves to improve safety and access to economic opportunities. The new wharves are designed to be less vulnerable to climate change and natural hazards.
The upgrading of Tatamba Wharf will involve demolishing the existing wharf and building a new reinforced concrete wharf which will be higher to minimize wave and debris affecting the new structure.
The new wharf on Huali Bay will boost access to markets for copra and cocoa production and other economic activities. By better connecting Huali Bay to other parts of Solomon Islands, the upgraded wharf will also boost access to jobs, especially for youth in the area.
To date, the Domestic Maritime Support Project has already rebuilt eight wharves and two landing ramps in five Solomon Islands provinces. The project also established a franchise shipping scheme to support remote communities. The improved shipping services and new wharves and jetties are reducing barriers to market access and are promoting the growth of rural production. The franchise shipping scheme is allowing private sector operators to deliver shipping services to destinations that would not be commercially viable.
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