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TaiwanICDF assists Kiribati to improve its aviation safety

TaiwanICDF assists Kiribati to improve its aviation safety

Situated in South Tarawa, the capital of the Republic of Kiribati, the Bonriki International Airport is the primary civilian airport for Kiribati. However, the runway of the international airport is in poor condition due to a lack of regular maintenance and the harsh climate, and presents an imminent threat to aviation safety. The International Cooperation and Development Fund (TaiwanICDF) and the Government of Kiribati (GoK) therefore entered into a loan agreement to finance the Repair and Upgrade of Bonriki International Airport Project (Project) on August 6, 2014.

In January 2016 , the TaiwanICDF dispatched a team comprised of program officers and a pavement expert to review the project’s status and quality of the construction of the pavement, which is expected to be completed in the second half of 2016. In consideration of environmental protection and project impact sustainability, the TaiwanICDF gave suggestions on the reuse of milled asphalt concrete and introduced notions of runway repair and maintenance.

As the very first country to greet the sunrise of each day, the Republic of Kiribati consists of 32 atoll islands and one raised limestone island located near the Equator and the International Date Line. Transport and communication linkage is crucial to economic and social activities such as trade, labor mobility and access to public health and medical services, as Kiribati is one of the most remote and geographically dispersed countries in the world and lacking in resources. In anticipation of the implementation phase of the project, the TaiwanICDF committed a soft loan of AUD 20.2 million to rehabilitate the runway, taxiway, apron areas and the landside car park at the Bonriki International Airport in coordination with the World Bank’s Kiribati Aviation Investment Project (KAIP). The project will provide a comprehensive upgrade to the airport, thereby improving aviation safety and facilitating internal and international linkages to Kiribati.

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  • Date:2016/3/8