The World Bank Group is co-hosting the Second International Conference on Sustainable Development through Quality Infrastructure Investment (QII) with the Government of Japan as part of the program of the Tokyo Development Learning Center (TDLC).
The highly successful First International Conference on Sustainable Development through Quality Infrastructure Investment (QII) held January 20-21, 2016 defined and promulgated the value proposition for each of the five elements of Quality Infrastructure Investment including: Economic Efficiency; Safety; Environmental & Social Sustainability; Economic & Social Contribution; and Resilience against Natural Disaster. Building on the emergent knowledge of implementing QII projects, the 2nd QII Conference aims to share practical QII knowledge and implementation experience through sessions on the Japan’s, the MDBs’ and ODA agencies’ QII initiatives over the past year. A primary objective of the conference will be to share knowledge on advancing QII from concept to implementation at scale, including sessions on: financing mechanisms, procurement frameworks, urban resilience, urban development, social inclusion and overcoming inherent inter-jurisdictional challenges with many infrastructure projects. Furthermore, this conference seeks to facilitate dialogue and collaboration on QII initiatives among development partners such as Multilateral Development Banks (MDBs) as well as their clients which are implementing infrastructure projects.
Taking advantage of the conference being held in Tokyo, there will be two special sessions on QII where Japan offers tremendous experience through its history of successful quality infrastructure development. Developing countries are increasingly recognizing the necessity of strategic infrastructure investment to reduce spatial disparities in development. Japan’s past experience of territorial development is of great relevance to developing countries: long-term planning and prioritization of infrastructure stock, supporting the growth of competitive mega regions/ urban agglomerations whilst also boosting the development of other regions to ensure balanced development of the nation as a whole. Operation and maintenance is an important aspect of QII and been the heart of Japan’s success of long-term infrastructure planning, development and operations.
- Demonstrate the World Bank’s initiatives, experiences and views related to QII to the Japanese public, stakeholder, and other distinguished participants.
- Further promulgate and advance QII towards implementation at scale, with a focus on:
- Lessons learned following the first QII Conference, highlighting the challenges/barriers and opportunities to scale implementations of infrastructure projects in a sustainable manner;
- Addressing the financial barriers to implementing QII through public financing, PPP, co-financing and other mechanisms;
- 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;
- Discussing how urban resilience and urban development can be addressed beyond administrative boundaries in QII projects;
- Ensuring QII benefits all of society, addressing inclusion and last mile challenges with practical private sector engaged strategies;
- Overcoming inter-jurisdiction policy, governance, management and other challenges necessary to implement, operate, and maintain QII.
- Further leverage the power of partnerships with development partners;
- Sharing Japanese practices on QII design, implementation and operations with a special focus on: 1) territorial development as an increasingly important theme for infrastructure development to ensure regional connectivity and 2) operation and maintenance as a critical aspect of QII and how it can and should be incorporated into QII project design and financing; and
- Produce an output report and other knowledge assets further codifying the growing body of practitioners’ knowledge on the implementation of QII projects.
Day 1: February 2, 2017, Thursday
Session 1 Opening Session
Session 2 Special Session 1: Territorial Development as a New Dimension for Infrastructure Development
Session 3 Special Session 2: Operation and Maintenance as Key Aspects for QII
Session 4 World Bank’s Initiatives related to QII
Day 2: February 3, 2017, Thursday
Session 5 Recapping Day 1 Discussions
Session 6 QII Initiatives of Development Partners
Session 7 Innovative Financing Mechanisms for QII
Session 8 Procurement Frameworks enabling QII Approaches
Session 9 QII for Urban Resilience
Session 10 Working Across Political Boundaries to Realize QII
Session 11 Winning Constituent Buy-in, Ensuring Inclusion of QII
Session 12 Closing Session
Representatives from the Ministry of Finance (MOF), Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT)
Hiroshi Kato, Vice President, Japan International Cooperation Agency
Ede Jorge Ijjasz-Vasquez, Senior Director, World Bank Group
Paul Kriss, Global Lead, City Infrastructure and Services, World Bank Group
Sumila Gulyani, Global Lead, Urban Strategy and Analytics, World Bank Group
Barjor Mehta, Global Lead, City Management, World Bank Group
Representatives from Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC), Asian Development Bank (ADB), African Development Bank (AfDB)