Discussion Paper

Local Resource-Based Infrastructure Planning in Vietnam

Solomon Islands is an archipelago with a land area of 28,000 square kilometers, inhibits six main Islands and most of its 900 small Islands stretch across 1,300 km in the South Pacific Ocean. Almost 60% of the main roads and secondary roads are on the Islands of Guladalcanal and Malaita and these roads cater to almost 90% of the traffic in the country.
Over the last decade, the transport infrastructure comprising of road, sea and air transport in the Solomon Islands, which was built over many decades by incurring huge investments has deteriorated to such an extent that the only option is to rebuild. Without a dynamic transport infrastructure, economic revival seems to be an uphill task in the national development. Failure to maintain the infrastructure is resulting in poor quality service and higher costs for users, producers and consumers.