Project Title

Capacity Building for Quality Infrastructure Investment in Rapidly Urbanizing APEC Region  

Project Year

2016   

Project Number

CTI 29 2016T 

Project Session

Session 2   

Project Type

Standard 

Project Status

Completed Project   
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Project No.

CTI 29 2016T 

Project Title

Capacity Building for Quality Infrastructure Investment in Rapidly Urbanizing APEC Region  

Project Status

Completed Project 

Publication (if any)

 

Fund Account

TILF Special Account 

Sub-fund

None 

Project Year

2016 

Project Session

Session 2 

APEC Funding

195,000 

Co-funding Amount

Total Project Value

195,000 

Sponsoring Forum

Committee on Trade and Investment (CTI) 

Topics

Trade Facilitation 

Committee

Committee on Trade and Investment (CTI) 

Other Fora Involved

 

Other Non-APEC Stakeholders Involved

 

Proposing Economy(ies)

Japan 

Co-Sponsoring Economies

Chile; Peru; Philippines; Thailand; United States 

Expected Start Date

01/04/2017 

Expected Completion Date

31/12/2017 

Project Proponent Name 1

Kazuko Ishigaki 

Job Title 1

Director for International Negotiations Management 

Organization 1

Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism 

Postal Address 1

2-1-3, Kasumigaseki, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-8918 Japan 

Telephone 1

81-3 52538314 

Fax 1

Not Applicable 

Email 1

ishigaki-k238@mlit.go.jp 

Project Proponent Name 2

Not Applicable 

Job Title 2

Not Applicable 

Organization 2

Not Applicable 

Postal Address 2

Not Applicable 

Telephone 2

Not Applicable 

Fax 2

Not Applicable 

Email 2

Not Applicable 

Declaration

Kazuko Ishigaki 

Project Summary

As a follow up of the “APEC Connectivity Blueprint for 2015-2025” the project will focus on capacity building and awareness raising of high rank government officials in APEC developing economies in order to share their good practices and lessons learned and enhance their understanding on quality infrastructure investment (QII). 

The main activities include:

1) Conduct a capacity building workshop in 2017 in Tokyo and ensure participants share and deepen understanding on the good practices and lessons learned and identify challenges and possible solutions in order to implement QII. The workshop organized will especially focus on capacity building of high rank officials of APEC developing economies. The workshop will include at least one session for public-private dialogue so that the wider stakeholders will build network for QII and raise awareness among society on the need to promote QII in urbanized areas. 

2) Organize a conference to promote urban quality infrastructure investment (September 2017), co-organized by OECD (tbc).

Relevance

At the APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting (“AELM”) held in Beijing on 10-11 November, 2014, Leaders endorsed the “APEC Connectivity Blueprint for 2015-2025” based on the commitment at AELM in 2013 in Bali, Indonesia. The Blueprint stipulates that under physical connectivity, with regards to cross-sectoral issues, the Leaders will focus on, in addition to improvement of the investment climate and enhancement of infrastructure financing through public private partnership, (1) adopting comprehensive assessment methods that considers key quality elements in evaluation of infrastructure project proposals, and (2) enhancing the application of good practices and people-centered investment for planning and implementing infrastructure projects.

As a follow up of the APEC Connectivity Blueprint, the project will focus on capacity building of government officials in charge of infrastructure projects in APEC developing economies in order to share their good practices and lessons learned and enhance their understanding on quality infrastructure from both institutional and technical perspectives. Workshops organized in Tokyo includes site visiting to see and “experience” the quality infrastructures. Both workshops include at least one session that will expand the audience to wider stakeholders beyond government officials in charge of infrastructure, in order to enhance awareness for the need to promote and implement quality infrastructure among society. 

This project contributes to both regional economic integration (Rank 1) with focus on connectivity and human capital development, as well as the APEC Strategy for Strengthening Quality Growth (Rank 2) focusing on urbanization to growth including smart city and growth security through disaster risk reduction.

Objectives

This project will aim to build capacity among high rank officials in charge of infrastructure investment, share the good practices and lessons learned and identify challenges and possible solutions in order to implement QII. Through the activities, the main objectives of this project are as follows: 

·  To conduct a capacity building workshop and ensure participants (mainly government officials in APEC developing economies) raise awareness on the good practices and lessons learned and identify challenges and possible solutions in order to implement quality infrastructure development. The workshop provides the participants with many opportunities to see and experience quality infrastructure investment accumulated in the City of Tokyo.

·  The capacity building workshop written above will include at least one session of public-private dialogue so that the participants (wider target than government officials) will build network for QII and also the awareness will be raised among society on the need to promote QII.

·  A conference organized in Vietnam is planned to be co-organized with OECD to leverage expected study of their urban policy review to be launched in Vietnam. Participant economies will be economies which has almost same level of infrastructure development as Vietnam, and will be discussed with OECD and Viet Nam.

Alignment

This project proposals align well with the APEC priorities, especially APEC Connectivity Blueprint for 2015-2025. The Blueprint stipulates that Leaders will focus on, in addition to improvement of the investment climate and enhancement of infrastructure financing through public private partnerships, enhancing the application of good practices and people-centered investment for planning and implementing infrastructure. The project will reinforce and contribute to List of Expected TILF Deliverables for 2016, among them, the deliverables (a) to implement Capacity Building on APEC Infrastructure Investment and (b) to undertake the study on APEC infrastructure Investment to promote infrastructure investment, through providing outcomes of the above mentioned workshops and conferences.

TILF/ASF Justification

The project will directly provide capacity building including experience sharing workshops and trainings on infrastructure development in APEC economics. Representatives from government are invited to attend the workshops with the purpose of bringing back the knowledge, experiences and good practices to their economics to plan and develop high quality infrastructures in their urban regions. 

The project will also build connections among APEC economics with mutual targets of sustainable urbanization and quality infrastructure development. It will develop a contact list of the person of interest for quality infrastructure development and create in person communication opportunities by bringing all shareholders together at the workshops. 

The project, through enhanced mutual understanding by these efforts, is expected to contribute to investment facilitation of APEC economies and in particular, the Osaka Action Agenda (the related reference cited below). 

(Osaka Action Agenda)

PART ONE: LIBERALIZATION AND FACILITATION

SECTION C: ACTIONS IN SPECIFIC AREAS

5.  STANDARDS AND CONFORMANCE

OBJECTIVE
APEC economies will, in accordance with the Declaration on APEC Standards and Conformance Framework and with the Agreement on Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT Agreement) and the Agreement on the Application of Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures (SPS Agreement) attached to the WTO Agreement:

a.  ensure the transparency of the standards and conformity assessment of APEC economies;

b.  align APEC economies' mandatory and voluntary standards with international standards;

c.  achieve mutual recognition among APEC economies of conformity assessment in regulated and voluntary sectors; and

d.  promote cooperation for technical infrastructure development to facilitate broad participation in mutual recognition arrangements in both regulated and voluntary sectors.

PART TWO: ECONOMIC AND TECHNICAL COOPERATION

SECTION B: ECONOMIC AND TECHNICAL COOPERATION IN SPECIFIC AREAS

4.  ECONOMIC INFRASTRUCTURE

COMMON POLICY CONCEPTS
The pace of economic growth in the Asia-Pacific region depends on the improvement of economic infrastructure. APEC economies will seek to accelerate infrastructure improvement, facilitating investment in infrastructure and encouraging business/private sector involvement.

JOINT ACTIVITIES / DIALOGUE
APEC economies will, inter-alia:

a. conduct analytical work on issues relating to the overall infrastructure environment;

b. explore ways to enhance the effectiveness of infrastructure improvement, such as:

- compiling best practices for use as benchmarks in the examination of the respective roles of the public and business/private sectors;

- developing guidelines on infrastructure investment to ensure a more transparent and coherent environment for the business/private sector; and

- conduct public-private sector dialogue and consider the possibility of establishing a forum on infrastructure.

Beneficiaries and Outputs

Outputs: The main outputs of this project will be as follows: 

1) The 3 day workshop to be implemented over the course of 2017. Based on the workshop, the POs will develop a brief workshop summary which will includes next steps. The workshop will share good practices, lessons learned and provide policy recommendations for policy makers of APEC economies in the field of physical development including infrastructure planning and development, city planning and urban development, real estate development. 

2) The 1 day seminar in Vietnam to be implemented in 2017, jointly with OECD (tbc). Policy recommendation on quality infrastructure, in particular, how QII will contribute to sustainable urban development, will be produced, in cooperation with OECD. 

Outcomes: Changes in behavior and policy: Increased capacity and knowledge of participants to plan and develop high quality infrastructure in urban regions. A central desired outcome is to increase comfort level with high quality infrastructure projects in general among government officials and citizens. There is a concern in many governments that high quality infrastructure might be expensive and not affordable. This work stream hopes to highlight the value proposition that high quality infrastructure can bring economic efficiency and cost effectiveness to benefit the public (i.e. lower life cycle cost, longer durability, faster or on-time delivery, and transfer of know how to local people and companies) 

Beneficiaries: The main beneficiaries of this project are mainly policy makers of government institutions in APEC member economies (especially developing economies), who will take part in capacity building workshops and share the good practices as well as exchange the views on how to implement QII. The participants will be mainly selected from government officials in charge of physical development including infrastructure planning and development, urban planning and development, real estate development and transportation policy. 

In addition, the results of this project will benefit the private sectors, research institutions, education and academic institutions, and international and regional organizations which are in the position of promoting QII. These stakeholders will be involved in the implementation of the project to the extent possible. They are in principle expected to have previous planning and implementing experiences in QII (e.g. the World Bank, Asian Development Bank, private developers).

Dissemination

Participants of the workshops will be expected to share knowledge gained at the workshops with others from their own economies. To promote this effort, the outcomes of the workshops, including the brief workshop summary of the discussion which will include next steps, good practices, lessons learned and policy recommendations, the meeting documents and presentation materials will be made available on the APEC website as e-document to the extent agreed during the meeting. The outcomes of the workshops will be presented to a subsequent APEC meeting (e.g. CTI, FOTC on Connectivity, FOTC on Urbanization) and others relevant for as appropriate. 

The target audience includes those who directly or indirectly work in the fields such as infrastructure planning and development, urban planning, city development, real estate and transportation policy in developing APEC member economies. Policy makers, academic researchers, financial institutes, listed and private enterprises and other players involved in infrastructure development process in urban regions are the key audience of the report. 

There is no intention to sell outputs arising from this project.

Gender

Infrastructure field is often having unbalanced male-female structure, with not many females in the field. Out of such population, it is not only extremely difficult but also impractical to expect perfect gender equality of the workshop participants. However, organizers will take a special care in approaching equal opportunity of men and women to participate in the workshops and events, while selecting appropriate participants. The POs will also make every effort to encourage women to participate in the process of organizing the workshop. The result of the workshops is to be disseminated through APEC channels to APEC members, both men and women. Furthermore, in discussing and drafting policy recommendation for QII, the PO will pay special attention on including gender aspects.

Work Plan

Date

Tasks

January - April 2017

Launch the project
Preparation for the 1st workshop

<Expected output>:
a. Agenda of the 1st workshop
b. Participant list
c. Contract of the consultant 

May 2017

Deliver the workshop on Quality Infrastructure

Investment (QII) in Tokyo, Japan

<Expected output>
a. Participation of APEC members and discussion on quality infrastructure investment.
b. Summary of the workshop
c. Policy Recommendations 

May to August 2017

Preparation for the Conference in Vietnam and the 2nd workshop in Tokyo

<Expected output>
a. Agenda of the Conference in Vietnam
b. Participant list of the Conference
c. Agenda of the 2nd workshop
d. Participant list of the 2nd workshop 

September 2017

Organize the Conference on Quality Infrastructure in Urban region in Hanoi, Viet Nam

(Joint conference co-organized by OECD (tbc)

<Expected output>
a. Participation of selected APEC members and discussion on quality infrastructure investment.
b. Summary of the Conference
c. Policy reommendations 

November 2017

Submit the Final Summary Report and the Policy Recommendation to CTI1 andSOM1 for discussion and endorsement.

<Expected output>
a. Endorsement of the Report and Policy Recommendation at CTI1 and SOM1

Risks

There are risks in securing adequate number of appropriate participants from governments. The POs will make contact with possible participants at the earliest moment possible. The earlier program setting and its circulation should be made to address those risks. The invitation will also be issued well in advance to ensure time for participants and speakers to plan for attendance at the event/workshop. The project will survey the participants’ questions and needs before the workshops to make sure the hosted workshops can provide the best information to the participants, so they are likely to disseminate the project outcome to other people. POs will ensure that members are actively engaged and will work in close consultation with co-sponsoring economies of this activity.

Monitoring and Evaluation

The project overseer (PO) will compile the report summarizing comments and feedback from workshop and meeting participants. PO will report the outcome of the project including the feedback survey at the CTI. This will be incorporated into the Final Summary Report. 

Indicators: Number of conference organized: Target two conferences.

Number of persons participated in the conferences: Target at least 30 persons

Number of economies participated in the conferences: Target at least 10 economies

Linkages

This project will build on the self-funded project on “the Study on Infrastructure Investment in the APEC Region” conducted by Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan and reported to APEC in November 2016. This project also build on other infrastructure related project such as APEC Capacity Building Seminar on Quality of Infrastructure Development and Investment (2014/SOM/031), Reference Guide for Peer Review and Capacity Building on APEC Infrastructure Development and Investment (2015/SOM3/021anx08), APEC Guidebook on Quality of Infrastructure Development and Investment (2014/CSOM/003).

This project will make reports to, and ask inputs from, the CTI and Friends of Chairs on Urbanization. Non-APEC stakeholders from the private sectors, research institutions, education and academic institutions, and international and regional organizations will be involved in the implementation of this project.

Sustainability

The project aims at producing policy recommendations for institutionalizing regular discussion on “quality infrastructure” in APEC High Level meetings so that this topic will be paid attention as appropriate to the importance of this topic for economic growth and social development of every APEC economies.

Furthermore, following the meetings of this project, participants are expected to have a deep understanding of the importance of high quality infrastructure development in urban region. It also provides the opportunity for the participants to share, discuss experiences in promoting high quality infrastructure development. In particular, the participants from the government might be able to consider, compare, analyze and recommend to the policy makers how to improve the regulations to guide and encourage funding to preferably invest in the high quality infrastructure.

The project may also consider proposing a follow-up project based on the participants’ recommendations and feedback.

Project Overseers

Ms. Kazuko Ishigaki (PO)
Director for International Planning for Construction Industry

Mr. Tadashi Okada (PO Team)
Director for Global Market Development
Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism

Cost Efficiency

Not Applicable.

Drawdown Timetable

Not Applicable.

Direct Labour

The consultant and consultant secretary will take responsibility of preparing the workshops/conference. More specifically, they will create and send out the invitations to potential speakers as well as participants in government, private and academic sectors, follow up the invitation and confirm their attendance.

Once the participants are firmed up, the consultants will coordinate on the logistics (mainly on the accommodation and transportation, but not limited to). As the date of the event gets closer, the consultants will gather presentation materials from the speakers and make sure their formats are readable. Consultants are not expected to travel to Japan and the event venue.

Waivers

We request waivers for APEC-funded travelers to receive advanced payment for air transportation, lodging, and per diems so that they do not need to cover these expenses out of their own pockets before travelling. These travelers will include government participants from APEC economies, and potentially expert speakers from international organizations, the private sector, and academia, who should not be expected to cover their travel in advance of participating in an APEC activity. Booking and payment of travel expenses in advance, particularly airfare, may also help to lower overall travel costs.

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