Events
Second International Conference on Sustainable Development through Quality Infrastructure Investment (QII)
February 2-3, 2017Tokyo


Organized by: The World Bank Group, Supported by: The Government of Japan: Ministry of Finance (MOF), Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport, and Tourism (MLIT)

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Conference Report (PDF)

The World Bank Group hosted its second International Conference on Sustainable Development through Quality Infrastructure Investment (QII) February 2nd and 3rd, 2017, co-hosted by the Government of Japan. Over 150 practitioners from governments, international organizations, private sector and academia participated in the conference.

Infrastructure not only a critical component for the obtainment of economic growth and shared prosperity it also shapes the structure and location of economic activities, and the comparative advantage of countries, regions, and cities. Investment in infrastructure, if done correctly, fosters economic growth in myriad ways, through increases in trade, capital and labor productivity, economies of scale, and mobility. Fully reaping these benefits requires significant planning and coordination across geographic and administrative boundaries.

The first QII Conference, organized in January last year, successfully promulgated the definition and value proposition of the concept of QII which extols: Economic Efficiency; Safety; Environmental & Social Sustainability; Economic & Social Contribution; and Resilience against Natural Disaster.

With the aim of advancing the concept of QII from concept to implementation at scale, the 2nd QII conference program focused on addressing key challenges to the broad adoption of QII specifically looking at financing mechanisms, procurement frameworks, urban resilience, urban development, social inclusion and overcoming inherent inter-jurisdictional challenges with many infrastructure projects.

“The main objective of this conference is to move from concept to details. QII is not about good infrastructure and bad infrastructure, it is a spectrum of possible choices,” stressed Ede Jorge Ijjasz-Vasquez, Senior Director of the World Bank’s Social, Urban, Rural and Resilience Global Practice. “Quality Infrastructure cannot be achieved by looking at a single project. We must look at the network of infrastructures.”

The 2nd QII Conference additionally focused on two new key aspects of developing issues- territorial development and maintenance aspects of QII, where Japan offers tremendous experience. Both aspects are increasingly recognized in developing countries, as critical aspects of sustainable development through QII.

Takeshi Mugishima, Assistant Vice-Minister of Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT) explained that the country development goes through different stages, and each stage has different requirements. Territorial development policies in Japan were heavily driven by the need to manage growth and balance spatial disparities of prosperity in light of changing socio-economic conditions of each era. It was also stressed that public-private collaboration played a key role in Japan’s successful infrastructure development.

Operation and maintenance has been a key factor of infrastructure development in Japan. Koichi Maekawa, Professor of Graduate School of Engineering at University of Tokyo stressed the importance of sustainability of infrastructure and explained that scaling up QII through front loading at the upper stream of infrastructure projects is a useful approach to address operation and maintenance lifecycle needs and achieve higher quality with lower investment and less reliance on individual skills.

The conference incorporated dialogues among development partners such as Multilateral Development Banks (MDBs) and ODA agencies in order to foster collaboration on QII initiatives. Panelists shared their efforts and agreed on the necessity of close collaboration between bilateral and multilateral development agencies.

“Japan has experienced in managing the compiled infrastructure which was rapidly built post-war. We encourage not only the quantity demand of infrastructure but also the quality demand of infrastructure around the world.” said Yoshiyuki Takeuchi, Director General of Japan’s Ministry of Finance.

Innovative financial mechanisms and procurement frameworks for QII were highly attended sessions during the conference, particularly by Japanese private sector entities. Risks, challenges and new approaches of financing urban infrastructure projects through public financing, PPP, co-financing were shared, and the importance of assisting client countries in incorporating quality elements into procurement qualification criteria and clear evaluation criteria was discussed. There was overall consensus that QII relies on efficient procurement mechanisms through proper understanding of the market, good governance, and fit for purpose evaluation and qualification criteria to achieve value for money.

Working across interjurisdictional boundaries and social inclusion were also highlighted in this conference. Governmental challenges of coordination were examined, and continuous efforts on capacity building were expected. Participants agreed that QII should benefit all society and be particularly inclusive and benefit the bottom 40% as well as other disenfranchised groups, and the engagement of private sector in future QII discussion is essential.

Session Titles

Program(PDF)

Day 1: February 2, 2017, Thursday

Session 1
Opening Session

13:30-14:00
(30 minutes)

Welcome Remarks
Yasusuke Tsukagoshi
, Special Representative, Japan, World Bank Group

Key Objective Setting and Building from 1st Conference
Moderator: Daniel Levine, Senior Operations Officer, World Bank Group

Lessons learned following the 1st QII Conference and key objective setting for the
2nd Conference.

Yoshiki Takeuchi, Director-General, International Bureau, Ministry of Finance

Ede Jorge Ijjasz-Vasquez, Senior Director, World Bank Group

Session 2
Panel Discussion

14:00-15:00
(60 minutes)

Special Session 1: Territorial Development as a New Dimension for
Infrastructure Development

Moderator: Sumila Gulyani, Global Lead, Urban Strategy and Analytics, World
Bank Group

Identifying opportunities and challenges for strategic infrastructure investment
at the national level.

Ede Jorge Ijjasz-Vasquez, Senior Director, World Bank Group
An Effective Approach to Territorial Development (PDF)

Takeshi Mugishima, Assistant Vice-Minister, Ministry of Land, Infrastructure,
Transport and Tourism
National Level Strategy for Infrastructure Development in Japan (PDF)

Hiroshi Kato, Senior Vice President, Japan International Cooperation Agency
Territorial Development as a new paradigm of quality infrastructure
investment
(PDF)

Session 3
Panel Discussion

15:00-15:45
(45 minutes)

Special Session 2: Operation and Maintenance as Key Aspects for QII
Moderator: Yuko Okazawa, Operations Officer, World Bank Group

Evidence-based discussion on the importance of operation and maintenance in
QII projects. Introduction of cross-ministerial efforts in Japan on infrastructure
maintenance, renovation and management.

Professor Koichi Maekawa, Lead Researcher, Infrastructure Asset
Management under the Cross-ministerial Strategic Innovation Promotion
Program (SIP) on Infrastructure Maintenance, Renovation and Management,
Cabinet Office cum Professor of Graduate School of Engineering, University of
Tokyo
Operation and Maintenance in Quality Infrastructure Investment (QII) (PDF)

Takehiko Mori, Counsellor for Global Strategies, Minister’s Secretariat,
Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism
Second International Conference on Sustainable Development through Quality
Infrastructure Investment (QII)
(PDF)

Coffee Break 15:45-16:00 (15 minutes)
Session 4
Panel Discussion

16:00-17:30
(90 minutes)

Quality Infrastructure Initiatives for Poverty Reduction and Inclusive
Development

Moderator: Phil Karp, Lead Knowledge Management Specialist, World Bank
Group

Highlighting the challenges/ barriers and opportunities for the implementations
of Quality Infrastructure projects for sustainable development. Addressing issues
related to political economy and capacity constraints of implementing, operating,
and maintaining quality infrastructure.

Sumila Gulyani, Global Lead, Urban Strategy and Analytics, World Bank Group
Are They Being Saved? (PDF)

Paul Kriss, Global Lead, City Infrastructure and Services, World Bank Group

Barjor Mehta, Global Lead, City Management, World Bank Group

Carlos Alberto Álvarez Barrera, Deputy Director, Medellin International
Cooperation Agency
Medellin Building Trust (PDF)

Closing Session
17:30-17:40
(5 minutes)

Closing Session

Daniel Levine, Senior Operations Officer, World Bank Group

Reception
17:40-19:00
(80 minutes)
Cocktail Hour

 

Day 2: February 3, 2017, Thursday

Session 5
Opening Session

9:00-9:15
(15 minutes)

Recapping Day 1 Discussions

Ede Jorge Ijjasz-Vasquez, Senior Director, World Bank Group

Session 6
Panel Discussion

9:15-10:15
(60 minutes)

QII Initiatives of Development Partners
Moderator: Carmen Nonay, Practice Manager, World Bank Group

Leveraging the power of partnerships to scale QII globally (WB, JICA, ADB, AfDB).

Naoki Yamashita, Deputy Director, Multilateral Development Banks Division,
International Bureau, Ministry of Finance

Hideya Kobayashi, Senior Director, Operations Strategy Department, Japan
International Cooperation Agency
Development of Quality Infrastructure through Financial and Technical
Assistance
(PDF)

Tomoyuki Kimura, Deputy Director General, Strategy, Policy and Review
Department, Asian Development Bank
QII Initiatives of Asian Development Bank (PDF)

Abayomi Babalola, Division Manager (PICU1), Transport and ICT Department;
VP Complex of Private Sector, Infrastructure and Industrialization, African
Development Bank (VC connection)
Sustainable Development through Quality Infrastructure Investment (QII) (PDF)

Session 7
Panel Discussion

10:15-11:15
(60 minutes)

Innovative Financing Mechanisms for QII
Moderator: Sanae Sasamori, Senior Infrastructure Finance Specialist, Global
Infrastructure Facility

Addressing the challenges of financing to urban infrastructure development
through QII. The panel will introduce case studies of financing urban
infrastructure projects through public financing, PPP, co-financing and other
mechanisms, then discuss the key issues.

Jason Lu, Acting Head, Global Infrastructure Facility

Ryutaro Nishizaki, Director, Infrastructure and Environment Finance Group,
Social Infrastructure Finance Department, Japan Bank for International
Cooperation
Introduction of JBIC and its Financing for the Railway Projects (PDF)

Hitoshi Miyake, Joint General Manager, Structured Finance Department,
Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation
Innovative Financing Mechanisms for QII (PDF)

Coffee Break 11:15-11:30 (15 minutes)
Session 8
Panel Discussion

11:30-12:30
(60 minutes)

Procurement Frameworks enabling QII Approaches
Moderator: Koichi Omori, Senior Communications Officer, World Bank Group

Ensuring that the value of QII is properly accounted for and consider for large
civil works projects through innovations in life cycle costing and procurement
frameworks.

Christopher Mark Browne, Chief Procurement Officer, World Bank Group
World Bank Procurement - Enabling Quality Infrastructure - (PDF)

Manmohan Parkash, Advisor, Operations Services and Financial Management
Department and Head, Operations Management Unit, Asian Development
Bank (VC connection)

Lunch Break 12:30-13:30 (60 minutes)
Session 9
Panel Discussion

13:30-14:30
(60 minutes)

QII for Disaster Resilience
Moderator: Naho Shibuya, Disaster Risk Management Specialist, Tokyo
Disaster Risk Management Hub, World Bank Group
QII for Disaster Resilience (PDF)

Addressing challenges and identifying opportunities for scaling up resilient
infrastructure investment as a core element of QII.

Jolanta Kryspin-Watson, Lead Disaster Risk Management Specialist, World
Bank Group
Quality Infrastructure Investment: Resilient Approaches and Examples from East
Asia and the Pacific
(PDF)

Cledan Mandri-Perrot, Head, Infrastructure Finance and PPP, World Bank
Group
Infrastructure Prioritization Framework: Considering Resilience in Infrastructure
Investment Decisions
(PDF)

Yumiko Noda, Partner, Head of Infrastructure and PPP, President - Cities
Solution Centre, PwC Advisory LLC

Coffee Beak 14:30-14:45 (15 minutes)
Session 10
Panel Discussion

14:45-16:15
(90 minutes)

Working Across Political and Interjurisdictional Boundaries to
Realize QII

Moderator: Sumila Gulyani, Global Lead, Urban Strategy and Analytics,
World Bank Group

Overcoming inter-jurisdiction policy, governance, management and other
challenges necessary to implement, operate, and maintain QII.

Mats Andersson, Consultant, World Bank Group
Working Across Political and Interjurisdictional Boundaries to Realize QII
(PDF)

Kazuko Ishigaki, Director for International Negotiation Management,
Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism
Working Across political Boundaries to Realize Quality Infrastructure
Investment - Case of Japan -
(PDF)

Henry Maina Kamau, Director, Metropolitan Development, Ministry of
Transport, Infrastructure, Housing and Urban Development, Kenya
Working across Political and Interjurisdictional Boundaries to realize QII
(PDF)

Session 11
Panel Discussion

16:15-17:15
(60 minutes)

Winning Constituent Buy-in, Ensuring Inclusion through QII
Moderator: Carmen Nonay, Practice Manager, World Bank Group

Ensuring QII benefits of all society, addressing inclusion and last mile
challenges with practical private sector engaged strategies.

Catherine C. O’Farrell, Lead Infrastructure Specialist, World Bank Group
(VC connection)
QII + OBA/RBF Infra Investment Market Development Social Sustainability
(PDF)

Takahisa Fujita and Hyonsun Kang, Design Consultant, Mirairo Inc.
The Situation of Infrastructure in Vietnam from the perspective of
Universally Accessible Design
(PDF)

Session 12
Closing Session

17:15-17:30
(15 minutes)

Closing Session

Kazuko Ishigaki, Director for International Negotiation Management,
Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism

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The World Bank Group hosted its second International Conference on Sustainable Development through Quality Infrastructure Investment (QII) February 2nd and 3rd, 2017, co-hosted by the Government of Japan. Over 150 practitioners from governments, international organizations, private sector and academia participated in the conference.
 
Infrastructure not only a critical component for the obtainment of economic growth and shared prosperity it also shapes the structure and location of economic activities, and the comparative advantage of countries, regions, and cities. Investment in infrastructure, if done correctly, fosters economic growth in myriad ways, through increases in trade, capital and labor productivity, economies of scale, and mobility. Fully reaping these benefits requires significant planning and coordination across geographic and administrative boundaries.
 
The first QII Conference, organized in January last year, successfully promulgated the definition and value proposition of the concept of QII which extols: Economic Efficiency; Safety; Environmental & Social Sustainability; Economic & Social Contribution; and Resilience against Natural Disaster.
 
With the aim of advancing the concept of QII from concept to implementation at scale, the 2nd QII conference program focused on addressing key challenges to the broad adoption of QII specifically looking at financing mechanisms, procurement frameworks, urban resilience, urban development, social inclusion and overcoming inherent inter-jurisdictional challenges with many infrastructure projects.
 
“The main objective of this conference is to move from concept to details. QII is not about good infrastructure and bad infrastructure, it is a spectrum of possible choices,” stressed Ede Jorge Ijjasz-Vasquez, Senior Director of the World Bank’s Social, Urban, Rural and Resilience Global Practice. “Quality Infrastructure cannot be achieved by looking at a single project. We must look at the network of infrastructures.”
 
The 2nd QII Conference additionally focused on two new key aspects of developing issues- territorial development and maintenance aspects of QII, where Japan offers tremendous experience. Both aspects are increasingly recognized in developing countries, as critical aspects of sustainable development through QII. 
 
Takeshi Mugishima, Assistant Vice-Minister of Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT) explained that the country development goes through different stages, and each stage has different requirements. Territorial development policies in Japan were heavily driven by the need to manage growth and balance spatial disparities of prosperity in light of changing socio-economic conditions of each era. It was also stressed that public-private collaboration played a key role in Japan’s successful infrastructure development.
 
Operation and maintenance has been a key factor of infrastructure development in Japan. Koichi Maekawa, Professor of Graduate School of Engineering at University of Tokyo stressed the importance of sustainability of infrastructure and explained that scaling up QII through front loading at the upper stream of infrastructure projects is a useful approach to address operation and maintenance lifecycle needs and achieve higher quality with lower investment and less reliance on individual skills.
 
The conference incorporated dialogues among development partners such as Multilateral Development Banks (MDBs) and ODA agencies in order to foster collaboration on QII initiatives. Panelists shared their efforts and agreed on the necessity of close collaboration between bilateral and multilateral development agencies.
 
“Japan has experienced in managing the compiled infrastructure which was rapidly built post-war. We encourage not only the quantity demand of infrastructure but also the quality demand of infrastructure around the world.” said Yoshiyuki Takeuchi, Director General of Japan’s Ministry of Finance.
 
Innovative financial mechanisms and procurement frameworks for QII were highly attended sessions during the conference, particularly by Japanese private sector entities. Risks, challenges and new approaches of financing urban infrastructure projects through public financing, PPP, co-financing were shared, and the importance of assisting client countries in incorporating quality elements into procurement qualification criteria and clear evaluation criteria was discussed. There was overall consensus that QII relies on efficient procurement mechanisms through proper understanding of the market, good governance, and fit for purpose evaluation and qualification criteria to achieve value for money.
 
Working across interjurisdictional boundaries and social inclusion were also highlighted in this conference. Governmental challenges of coordination were examined, and continuous efforts on capacity building were expected. Participants agreed that QII should benefit all society and be particularly inclusive and benefit the bottom 40% as well as other disenfranchised groups, and the engagement of private sector in future QII discussion is essential.

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World Bank Group Hosts the 2nd International Conference on Sustainable Development through QII

EVENT DETAILS
  • Day 1: Thursday, February 2, 2017 1:30-5:30PM, followed by reception: 5:30-7:00PM (JST)
  • Day 2: Friday, February 3, 2017 9:00AM-6:00PM (JST)
  • Venue: World Bank Tokyo Development Learning Center, 10th Floor Fukoku Seimei Building, 2-2-2 Uchisaiwaicho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
  • CONTACT: Tokyo Development Learning Center TEL: 03-3597-1333
  • jointokyo@worldbank.org