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ADB Project Loan Management Unit

Led by Manager ADB, this Unit oversees the management of first ever Asian Development Bank (ADB) loan to the USP. The multi-tranche financing facility (MFF) of up to USD 19 million was signed on 19 June 2012 to support USP in enhancing access to higher education in its 12 member Pacific Island Countries by improving physical environment and learning programmes. The MFF for this investment programme comprises two tranches which is to be implemented over the 2012 Ė 2019 period. The first tranche was for the development of new USP Kiribati Campus, which is now completed and operational and the second tranche is for the development of new USP Solomon Island Campus in Honiara, which is currently being undertaken.

What We Do

The ADB Project Loan Management Unit is overall in charge of the ADB Loan Project (Higher Education in the Pacific Investment Programme) of USD 19 million, and in particular Kiribati and Solomon Islands Campus development. This includes providing oversight on the administration and financial/resource management of the project under the ambit of the Project Supervisor, DSPAC and Project Implementation Unit (PIU). It works very closely with ADB and internal members of PIU and is responsible for providing regular progress reports to them.

In addition, the Unit also oversees the USP and ADB Cooperation Agreement to Strengthen Knowledge Collaboration between the two organisations which was signed in July 2017. It covers five core areas: (i) the development of the new Solomon Islands Campus; (ii) renewable energy initiatives for the greening of USPís campuses, including Vanuatu, Samoa, Marshall Islands, Kiribati, Tonga and Fiji; and (iii) strengthening knowledge collaboration primarily focusing on ADBís potential contribution towards the University; (iv) the joint organisation of the Pacific Update Conference; (v) and strengthening research collaboration and intervention on economic policy issues through efficient support towards and effective operationalisation of USPís Centre for Economic Modelling and Policy (CEP&M).  

The agreement represents the ongoing long-term cooperation between USP and ADB, providing enhanced cooperation and partnership through a mutually agreed upon joint work programmes. The agreement identifies how ADB and USP will collaborate to share the common objective of improving the capacity of policy analysis, public sector management, and quality education in the Pacific.

The Unit is also manages and coordinates the USP Renewable Energy Project, which was submitted to ADB for greening of USPís Laucala, Emalus, Alafua, Tonga, Kiribati and Marshal Islands campuses and the proposal is currently being discussed between the University and ADB to ascertain the levels and combination of grant, soft loan and funding from external parties. This project is worth US$ 23 million. ADB, through its commitment under the Cooperation Agreement to Strengthen Knowledge Collaboration has pledged support to the University in securing grant and loan for the project that will result in total elimination (100% reduction) of electricity bills / expenses paid to electricity suppliers in the respective countries.


Tranche 1

Tranche 1

Tranche 1 of the project financed the construction of a new 3-storey building (ground floor left vacant as additional study area) at the USP Kiribati Campus. The USD 4.975 million new Kiribati Campus was officially opened on 3 November 2015. This is a 1,764 square metres building (with an additional 882 square metres on the vacant ground floor) commenced in late 2014, and was funded through an ADB soft loan.

The three storey building comprises four teaching rooms, lecture theatre, library, book shop, video-conference room, computer lab, science lab, an Atoll Research Centre, College of Foundation Studies and Student Academic Services offices, Flexible Learning room and staff offices in the top two floors. The ground floor can be used as an additional study space by students.

Tranche 2

Tranche 2

An allocation of USD 15.4 million has been earmarked for the Tranche 2 through ADB soft loan which is for the construction of the New USP Solomon Islands campus. The construction of this new campus is envisaged to include modern teaching facilities, classrooms, an ICT studio, library, science laboratories, student cafeteria, medical center, dormitories, faculty offices, recreational areas and administrative facilities. At the end of July 2015, Solomon Islands Government (SIG) approved the leasing of a 14 acre block of land west of and adjacent to the KGVI School, some 7 kilometers east of Honiara (3 kilometers west of Honiara International Airport). The design of the Campus has been finalised by a USP-recruited architectural consultancy firm. Other related project preparatory works are currently underway and it is envisaged that the project will be completed by mid of 2019. 

ADB Team

Project Manager (Acting)
Iresh Lal

Tel:  (679) 323 2142
Fax: (679) 323 1551
Email: iresh.lal(at) 

The ADB Project Manager reports to D/SPAC (Chair of PIU) is primarily responsible management of ADB loan.  In doing so he  undertakes and coordinates  the ADB funded loan  project through effective liaison with the key stakeholders within the University, ADB key focal points, Solomon Island Government (SIG) Officials, Project Consultants and Contractors to ensure timely and efficient completion and delivery of the new Solomon Islands Campus.  The Project Manager had also provided oversight to the now completed USP Kiribati campus.

Project Office Assistant
Asela Fong

Tel:  (679) 323 2025
Fax: (679) 323 1551
Email: asela.fong(at)

The Project Assistant renders necessary administrative and finance related support to the Project Manager and the Chair PIU (DSPAC) to ably implement the project in the most effective manner.

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