Project Title

Promoting Quality Infrastructure Investment in Rapidly Urbanizing APEC Region 

Project Year

2018   

Project Number

CTI 02 2018T 

Project Session

Session 1   

Project Type

Standard 

Project Status

Project in Implementation   
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Project No.

CTI 02 2018T 

Project Title

Promoting Quality Infrastructure Investment in Rapidly Urbanizing APEC Region 

Project Status

Project in Implementation 

Publication (if any)

 

Fund Account

TILF Special Account 

Sub-fund

None 

Project Year

2018 

Project Session

Session 1 

APEC Funding

150,000 

Co-funding Amount

10,000 

Total Project Value

160,000 

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

Australia; Canada; Korea; Papua New Guinea; Peru; Philippines; Chinese Taipei; Thailand 

Expected Start Date

01/08/2018 

Expected Completion Date

31/08/2019 

Project Proponent Name 1

Soshi Murakawa (new PO wef 26 Sep 2018) 

Job Title 1

Director, International Planning for Construction Industry, Policy Bureau 

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

murakawa-s2xp@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

Soshi Murakawa 

Project Summary

As a follow up of the APEC Connectivity Blueprint, this project aims to further deepen and brush up the discussions on quality infrastructure investment (QII) and contribute to the capacity building among officials in charge of infrastructure in cooperation with multilateral development banks (MDBs) and related International Organizations.

The main activities include:

1) Share information of project identification, preparation and procurement of each economy, which is of great importance for promoting quality infrastructure projects;

2) Share and analyze good practices of quality infrastructure project planning, preparation, procurement and implementation, and consider effective monitoring, stock taking and evaluation on quality infrastructure projects; and

3) Conduct the capacity building for QII project planning, preparation, procurement, implementation and operation of government officials in charge of infrastructure development.

Relevance

Relevance – Region: 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, preparation, procurement and implementing infrastructure projects.

Under the project “Capacity Building for Quality Infrastructure Investment in Rapidly Urbanizing APEC Region” in 2017, participants attending the “High Level Meeting on Quality Infrastructure” confirmed the importance of quality infrastructure for sustainable economic growth, shared good practices of quality infrastructure investment, and discussed challenges and elements that are conducive to quality infrastructure investment.

As a follow up of the APEC Connectivity Blueprint, this project aims to further deepen and brush up the discussions on quality infrastructure investment (QII) and contribute to the capacity building among officials especially in developing economies in charge of infrastructure in cooperation with MDBs and related International Organizations. 

Relevance – Eligibility: The project fits the eligibility criteria for the TILF fund in that it contributes to achieving trade and investment liberalisation and facilitation objectives that relate to the items listed in Part 1 of the Osaka Action Agenda (especially; 3. Services – Transportation and Tourism; and 4. Investment in Section C) through the promotion of QII and capacity building of government officials in charge of infrastructure development. 

Relevance – Capacity Building: This project includes capacity building aiming to enable member economies, particularly developing economies, to obtain knowledge, abilities and skills for quality infrastructure project planning, preparation, procurement, implementation and operation of government officials in charge of infrastructure development.

Objectives

Under the project (in 2017) “Capacity Building for Quality Infrastructure Investment in Rapidly Urbanizing APEC Region”, the “High Level Meeting on Quality Infrastructure” was held in Tokyo, Japan in October 2017. In the Meeting, the participants confirmed the importance of quality infrastructure for sustainable economic growth, shared good practices of quality infrastructure investment, and discussed challenges and elements that are conducive to quality infrastructure investment. It was also agreed to issue the “Report on the Outcomes” which suggests necessity of “continuing efforts” in order to promote the QII in Asia-Pacific region.

The proposed project (in 2018) aims to further deepen and brush up the discussions on QII and contribute to the capacity building among officials in charge of infrastructure in order to promote QII activities in APEC region, based on the suggestions stated as “continuing efforts” in the “Report on the Outcomes”. More specifically, the project will focus on the following activities:

- Share information of project identification, preparation and procurement of each economy, which is of great importance for promoting quality infrastructure projects, as already pointed out in APEC Multi-Year Plan on Infrastructure Development and Investment in 2013.

-   Share and analyze good practices of quality infrastructure project planning, preparation, procurement and implementation, and consider effective monitoring, stock taking and evaluation on quality infrastructure projects.

-   Conduct the capacity building for QII project planning, preparation, procurement, implementation and operation of government officials in charge of infrastructure development.

The project plans to hold 3-day conference to achieve these objectives: the “Conference on Quality Infrastructure” in Japan. The Conference will be organized in cooperation with MDBs such as the World Bank (WB), Asian Development Bank (ADB) and Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) and related International Organizations such as OECD and Global Infrastructure Hub (GIH).

Alignment

Alignment - APEC and Forum: This project proposal aligns 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 2018, 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 meetings.

TILF/ASF Justification

Not Applicable.

Beneficiaries and Outputs

Outputs: The 3-day “Conference on Quality infrastructure” will be implemented in February 2019 in Tokyo, Japan.

The conference is expected to:

i) share information of project identification, preparation and procurement of each economy;

ii) share and analyze good practices of quality infrastructure project planning, preparation, procurement and implementation, and consider effective monitoring, stock taking and evaluation on quality infrastructure projects; and

iii) conduct the capacity building for QII project planning, preparation, procurement, implementation and operation of government officials in charge of infrastructure development.

The conference includes at least one session of public-private dialogue to exchange views and opinions for quality infrastructure projects in order to deepen the discussion. Furthermore, it also includes the “infrastructure tour” in which the participants can visit the infrastructure site in Tokyo metropolitan area and directly see and experience how QII projects are managed. Through the site visit, participants are expected to learn and understand the know-hows of QII planning, implementation, operation and the latest ICT technologies.

The tentative program of the 3-day conference is below:

1st Day

Opening Session (Opening Remarks and Keynote Speeches)

Plenary Session 1 (Presentation and discussion of specific topics)

2nd Day

Plenary Session 2 (Presentation and discussion of specific topics)

Plenary Session 3 (Presentation and discussion of specific topics)

Public-private dialogue (Presentation by Private Sector and Discussion)

3rd Day

Site visit “infrastructure tour” (Includes visits of 3 sites)

At the end of conference, POs will conduct the conference evaluation by questionnaire survey to assess participants’ satisfaction comments and suggestions. The Final Project Summary Report on the conference will be generated based on the discussions during the conference in line with the APEC regulations and will include the results of the conference evaluation, all the conference documents and materials such as the conference agenda, presentations, overview, backgrounds, result of discussions, and next steps for further promotion of the QII. 

Outcomes: The key outcome of this project in the medium-term is to have deep understanding and knowledge of the QII project and enhanced capability for QII project planning, preparation, procurement, implementation and operation by utilizing the outputs discussed in this project such as policy recommendation for promoting QII. Through the results of this project, participants, especially the government officials in developing economies in rapidly urbanizing APEC region, are expected to utilize their capability and knowledge to smoothly and properly plan and implement the QII projects in their economies. Furthermore, the project hopes to highlight the value proposition that 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 the project are policy makers of government institutions including senior officials in the ministries in charge of Infrastructure development and investment in APEC member economies (especially developing economies), who actively take part in the Conference and understand the good practices of QII projects as well as exchange the views on how to implement and operate the QII. In addition, the results will benefit other stakeholders such as private sectors (especially consultants, general contractors and engineering companies etc.), research institutions, education and academic institutions (especially civil engineering, public policy and urban planning fields etc.), MDBs and other international and regional organizations which are in the position of promoting QII and will be involved in the implementation of the project.

Dissemination

Participants will be expected to share knowledge gained at the conference with their colleagues and related institutions and organizations from their own economies. To ensure a productivity of the conference, the presentation slides and relevant materials will be collected ahead of the conference and distributed to the participants on site. Documents and materials in the conference, such as conference agenda, a booklet containing the contact details of the participants and other materials will be prepared in either hard or soft copies. To promote this effort, the outcomes of the conference, including the summary of the discussion, the meeting documents and presentation materials will be made available on the APEC website to the extent agreed during the meeting. The outcomes of the conference will be presented to a subsequent APEC meeting (e.g. CTI, FOTC on Connectivity, FOTC on Urbanization, IEG) and other relevant fora as appropriate to make sure the result will be disseminated widely to member economies.

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 intension 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 difficult but also impractical to expect perfect gender equality of the workshop participants. However, POs will take a special care in approaching equal opportunity of men and women to participate in the meeting, while selecting appropriate participants. The POs will also make every effort to encourage women to participate in the process of organizing the meeting.

Under the past project (in 2017) “Capacity Building for Quality Infrastructure Investment in Rapidly Urbanizing APEC Region”, the rate of female participants was 18.6 percent. Based on this result, POs aim to increase this to 30 percent as a target. The result of the meeting is to be disseminated through APEC channels to APEC members, both men and women.

In addition, the project team (including leadership) is comprised of both men and women. Furthermore, under the female PO, the female working staff will be encouraged to actively take part in the project activities, including the general design and detailed design of the conference etc.

Furthermore, in view of the general gender imbalance in the infrastructure field, PO aims to follow the efforts to address this issue via APEC-funded projects, in which the project sets a target number for female participation rate as speaker and/or participants.

Work Plan

Date

Tasks

Deliverable

August 2018

Launch the project

Formation of project team


List of project members
August - September 2018
Develop and define an execution plan for the project

Prepare for contracting

Execution plan

RFP for contracting

Submission and evaluation of bidding

Finalization and signing of contract
October 2018 – February 2019
Make necessary arrangements and preparation for the conference

Send invitation letter to APEC economies
Agenda of the Conference

Speaker/ moderator list

Letters of invitation

Participant list

Arrangement of travel funding
February-March 2019
Organize the Conference on Quality Infrastructure in Tokyo, Japan
Summary of the Conference

April-May 2019

Evaluating the conference and Drafting of reports

Summarizing comments and feedback

Drafting and finalizing the Final Summary Report

May 2019

Submit the Project Summary Report and Completion Report to CTI

Endorsement of the Final Project Summary Report, Completion Report and all supporting document

September-January 2020


Participate in the Long Term Evaluation of APEC Projects

Answer sheets

Risks

There are risks in securing adequate number of appropriate participants from APEC economies. The POs will make contacts 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 conference. POs will survey the participants’ questions and needs before the conference to make sure the hosted event can provide the best information to the participants, and POs also support participants 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 project.

Monitoring and Evaluation

POs will compile the report summarizing comments and feedback from conference participants by conducting the pre-conference survey about participants’ questions and needs and by conducting the post-conference survey which will ask to fill out the questionnaire and evaluation sheet for the conference. PO will report the outcome of the project including the feedback from the participants to the CTI. This will be incorporated into the Final Project Summary Report.

Indicator:  Number of persons participated in the conference.

Target number:
44 participants from APEC economy (2 persons * 22 economies)

4 speakers including 2 female speakers

Indicator: Satisfaction of the participants for each program in the Conference

Target number: Average 80% satisfactions

Linkages

Non-APEC stakeholders from the MDBs such as WB, ADB and AIIB, international and regional organizations such as OECD and GIH, private sectors, and research institutions will be involved in the implementation of this project. Because the year 2019 is the year that Japan will host the Group of Twenty (G20), this project will make efforts to build a linkage with G20 framework based on the past APEC / G20 cooperation.

This project is a consecutive project of the APEC-funded project “Capacity Building for Quality Infrastructure Investment in Rapidly Urbanizing APEC Region” implemented in 2017. The proposed project aims to further deepen and brush up the discussions on QII based on the suggestions stated as “continuing efforts” in the “Report on the Outcomes” of the previous project. More specifically, the 2017 project focused on the importance of quality infrastructure for sustainable economic growth, sharing good practices of quality infrastructure investment, and discussing challenges and elements that are conducive to quality infrastructure investment, and also specified the next steps for promoting QII as “continuing efforts”, which includes the following three items;

- Share information of project identification, preparation and procurement of each economy, which is of great importance for promoting quality infrastructure projects, as already pointed out in APEC Multi-Year Plan on Infrastructure Development and Investment in 2013.

-  Share and analyze good practices of quality infrastructure project planning, preparation, procurement and implementation, and consider effective monitoring, stock taking and evaluation on quality infrastructure projects.

-  Conduct the capacity building for QII project planning, preparation, procurement, implementation and operation of government officials in charge of infrastructure development.

This project also 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. It will make reports to, and ask inputs from, the CTI and related fora such as IEG.

Sustainability

Following the meetings of this project, participants are expected to have deep understanding for the importance of quality infrastructure development in rapidly urbanizing APEC region. It also provides the opportunity for the participants to share and discuss experiences in promoting quality infrastructure development with their colleagues and government officials in their economies. In particular, the participants from the developing economies in APEC 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 QII project.

After the conference and completion of the project, participants can utilize their networks with speakers and experts from MDBs, other International Organizations and private sector to consult for suggestions and experience to support carrying forward the lessons from the project. POs may also consider proposing a follow-up project based on the participants’ recommendations and feedback.

Project Overseers

Name: Ms Kazuko Ishigaki (PO)
Title: Director, International Planning for Construction Industry
Email: ishigaki-k238@mlit.go.jp
Tel: +81-3-5253-8314

Ms Kazuko Ishigaki is Director, International Planning on Construction Industry, Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT), Government of Japan. She served 20 years at the Japanese Government and engaged in national spatial planning, disaster risk management planning, and a wide array of regional development policies. In her current position, she engaged in the project to promote QII in developing economies in the world, such as Africa, Latin America, Middle East and Asia. Prior to her current position, she served three years as risk knowledge economist of the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR).

Name: Mr Tadashi Okada (PO Team, Main point of contact)
Title: Director for Global Market Development
Email: okada-t2x2@mlit.go.jp
Tel: +81-3-5253-8314

Name: Ms Yurie Endo (PO Team, Main point of contact)
Title: Chief Official
Email: endo-y2g3@mlit.go.jp
Tel: +81-3-5253-8314

Organization: International Policy Bureau, Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism 
Postal address: 2-1-2 Kasumigaseki, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, 100-8918 Japan

Cost Efficiency

Not Applicable.

Drawdown Timetable

Not Applicable.

Direct Labour

The consultant and consultant secretary will take responsibility of preparing the 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 arrangement of meeting venue, 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.

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