On Thursday 27, September 2007, the vanuatu Government officially opened the bids for the > the MCA Vanuatu projects.During the Ceremony, two bids were received from the EDI Downer Works Ltd and McConnell Dowell both New zealand comapnies whereby all information concerning the names of bidders, the condition bidders, the condition of their bids, the packaging of the bids were annouced. The invitation for the bids were issued to three pre-qulaified firms on June 4, 2007 for the main design & build contract which closed at 11:30am sharp on Thursday 27, September 2007.
The major contract to design and build identified road infrastructure under the MCC-funded infrastructure program has been signed by MCA Vanuatu and Downer EDI Works Limited of New Zealand.
The Washington-based Millennium Challenge Corporation approved a record quarterly disbursement of US$12.5 million to MCA-Vanuatu in response to MCAís request for funds for the April to June 2008 quarter. These funds have arrived in Vanuatu and will cover the mobilization costs for the design and build contractors and for initial design work and materials testing in May and June of 2008. They will also cover the costs of the Engineer to Public Works Department (PWD) and the Environmental and Social Consultants who commenced work in March 2008.
The Downer Design Team, along with survey equipment, arrived in Vanuatu on Sunday May 18, 2008.
The first segment of the Efate Ring Road to be designed will comprise the road from La Cascade (Klemís Hill) to Tanoliu.
After completion of the design of the first segment, MCA Vanuatu as the Employer will review the design along with its Engineer (the Queensland Consulting Project Partners) and must accept the design before actual construction starts.
Environmental Management Plans as well as Resettlement Action Plans are being currently undertaken by an international firm, Maunsell Ltd, based in New Zealand. Any environmental and social issues must be addressed and resolved by the Government of Vanuatu prior to construction commencement.

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"In March of 2006, the Millennium Challenge Corporation signed a five-year, $65.69 million Compact with the Government of Vanuatu to reduce poverty and stimulate economic growth by targeting the country's poor transportation infrastructure."Read more

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