Paul has broad experience in working with international development partners in delivering projects with the Government of Fiji (GOF) and the European Investment Bank (EIB), Asia Development Bank (ADB), World Bank, Green Climate Fund (GCF), Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI), Deutsche Gesellschaft fur Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), and the Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA). Some examples are listed below:
Loan: PDA6004-FIJ Urban Water Supply and Wastewater Management Project. This is a Multi-tranche Financing Facility (MFF) for an overall investment programme amount of US$405.1m. It is multi-funded by European Investment Bank (EIB), ADB, Green Climate Fund (GCF) and the Government of Fiji. The loan is available to prepare a Urban Water Supply and Wastewater Management Investment Programme to assist the GOF, through the Water Authority of Fiji (WAF), to significantly upgrade water supply and wastewater infrastructure and services in the Greater Suva Area (GSA) and improve WAF’s management and service delivery capacity.
ADB and the World Bank jointly implemented loan for the Fiji Transport Infrastructure Investment Support Project (TIISP). The project is designed to improve the safety and resilience of land and maritime infrastructure and has two outputs: rehabilitated and climate resilient land and maritime transport infrastructure, and efficient project management support and institutional strengthening of the implementing agency, Fiji Roads Authority. The project is estimated to cost US$166.7m, and is co-financed by the ADB, the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development. This includes rehabilitation of 100km of roads, 30 bridges and six wharves and jetties.
ADB and the GCF are funding an Urban Water Supply and Wastewater Management Investment Programme, together with the GOF under the Accreditation Master Agreement signed in July 2017. The Programme will benefit 300,000 Fijians living in the Greater Suva Area upon completion in July 2025, at an estimated cost of $829.5m.
ADB TA-8345 REG: Establishment of the Pacific Region Infrastructure Facility Coordination Office – Fiji Asset Management Framework. The purpose of the project is to prepare asset management plans for the GOF, including developing a GIS database. This will enable major assets to be valued using a standard valuation methodology, as a first step in developing GOF balance sheet.
ADB Funded Project TA 8971-FIJ: support for the Energy Sector Regulatory Capacity and Electrification Investment Planning (2017). The proposed partial divestment of the Fiji Electricity Authority requires the establishment of a Regulator and development of transition mechanisms, including a new Electricity Act to facilitate greater private sector participation and efficiency. The principal activities of the project are to assist the GOF in power sector planning and to prepare pre-feasibility studies in a network project and a renewable power generation project.
The Sustainable Energy Financing Programme (SEFP) started in 2008. A total of $US2.522 was provided by the World Bank for the project management from 2008 to date. A loan guarantee of US$5.2 million was provided by the World Bank and this was used to guarantee a total loan amounting to $40million from 2008 to date. Only one company (Niu Industries) has a default in their loan worth US$70,000. The programme is co-guaranteed by the Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport.
A GGGI funded study into Fiji’s National Determined Contributions (NDC) Energy Sector Implementation Roadmap (2018-2030). The purpose of this project is to develop a pathway to reaching national Greenhouse Gas (GHG) mitigation Targets in the energy sector. The project includes developing a Baseline for the energy sector, which will be integrated into the Monitoring, Reporting and Verification (MRV) of energy emissions and mitigation actions.
Fiji Sustainable Energy Hybrid Power Project – Coping with Climate Change in the Pacific Island Region. The Project Design Document has been approved by the EU and the agreement between the GIZ and Fijian Government representatives was signed on 26th September 2016. The EU500,000 project is spread out over three years. The low load generator capacity will be as follows for each site: Nakoro Village – 36.5 kVA; Yasawa High School – 22 kVA; and Kioa Village – 70 kVA
JICA Project for the Introduction of Hybrid Power Generation Systems in the Pacific Island Countries. The agreement was signed between the GOF and JICA July 2016. An energy expert based in Fiji was sent in early 2017 to work with the Ministry, Fiji Electricity Authority and the Pacific Power Association (PPA).
MOIT and UNESCO co-hosted Conference on Water Security in the Pacific SIDS: Bringing UNESCO’s International Hydrological Programme to the Pacific.