BRIEF

Global Infrastructure Connectivity Alliance

April 12, 2017

The Global Infrastructure Connectivity Alliance (GICA) strives to promote cooperation, knowledge exchange, and meaningful progress in the field of global inter-connectivity. GICA is a G20 initiative whose Secretariat is hosted by the World Bank Hub for Infrastructure and Urban Development in Singapore.

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First GICA Annual Meeting: OECD Conference Centre, Paris. Jan 25-26, 2018

The Secretariat of the Global Infrastructure Connectivity Alliance (GICA), based in the World Bank’s Singapore Infrastructure and Urban Development Hub, is pleased to announce the First GICA Annual Meeting at the OECD Conference Centre in Paris on January 25-26, 2018. This event will bring together all GICA Members, Contributors, Private Sector Participants, Policy Makers, and Practitioners to discuss the state of play in global connectivity, innovative practices and the outlook for connectivity. This event aims to represent a good mix of experts in trade, transport, energy, and ICT sectors and it will be an opportunity for participants to share their latest research and findings and define new areas of cooperation based on identified gaps.

Attendance to this event is by invitation only. For more information, see the event brochure and visit gica.global.

Global infrastructure connectivity: A catalyst for development

  • Global Infrastructure Connectivity refers to the linkages of communities, economies, and nations through transport, communications, energy, and water networks across a number of countries.
  • Greater inter-connectivity can translate into higher productivity, gains in service efficiency, greater spillover benefits of investments, and growth in trade.
  • National governments, International Organizations, and other international stakeholders have long recognized the significance of infrastructure connectivity in achieving sustainable development and shared prosperity.
  • As a result, connectivity has become a key priority for policymakers and practitioners.

GICA’s mission: supporting connectivity through cooperation and knowledge exchange

  • Over the last 20 years, a plethora of economic corridors, cross-border investment programs, trade and logistics observatories, and regional bodies dedicated to promote connectivity and regional integration have emerged.
  • However, information on global infrastructure connectivity is usually presented at a regional or thematic level with limited opportunities for comparisons across regions or sectors. While a rich flow of new resources (reports, tools, etc.) on connectivity is being produced on a continuous basis, there is no platform to capture the most relevant documents.
  • The Global Infrastructure Connectivity Alliance (GICA) has been launched by the G20 in an effort to close that gap. GICA will work across regions and disciplines to promote cooperation, knowledge exchange, and meaningful progress in the field of global inter-connectivity.
  • The G20 asked the World Bank Group to serve as the Secretariat of GICA, working closely with the Global Infrastructure Hub (GIH), the OECD, Multilateral Development Banks, International Organizations, UN organizations, and interested countries.
  • The Secretariat is based in the World Bank Hub for Infrastructure and Urban Development in Singapore.

Key activities

Activities under GICA aim at:

  • Accelerating knowledge sharing on global infrastructure connectivity across regions
  • Developing solutions to close gaps in global infrastructure connectivity
  • Facilitating interactions among experts on connectivity issues
  • Visually showcasing connectivity initiatives across the globe through an interactive mapping tool
  • Determining the trends and game changers impacting global connectivity
  • Optimizing infrastructure financing for infrastructure connectivity programs
  • Providing relevant performance measurement tools on global infrastructure connectivity

How to join or participate in GICA

Membership in GICA is open to countries, multilateral development banks, international organizations, and established associations with deep industry expertise and knowledge in cross-country connectivity. GICA engages members by seeking input and contribution in our planned activities and providing
platforms to foster coalition and cooperation in future projects among members.

The benefits of becoming a GICA Member include:

  • Acknowledgement of Member’s role and contribution to GICA activities in all public documentation of GICA containing the data, materials, or work shared by the Member
  • Opportunity to contribute expertise in GICA activities that are aligned with the Member’s core expertise and comparative advantages
  • Opportunity to provide input, flag needs, and shape upcoming outputs of GICA activities and future directions
  • Opportunity to co-organize and facilitate virtual discussion on the GICA LinkedIn Group
  • Preferred access to the GICA Annual Event and opportunity to speak or facilitate a session

Our growing membership base comprises national governments, including China; multilateral
development banks, such as ADB, AIIB, EDB, and the World Bank; international organizations, such as OECD and UNCTAD; and global institutions, such as Global Infrastructure Hub (GIHUB) and Global Energy Interconnection Development and Cooperation Organization (GEIDCO).

Other Ways to Contribute to GICA

GICA is an open network, building on voluntary cooperation among its participants. We value an exchange of views with practitioners and thought leaders in global infrastructure connectivity. These can be through face-to-face events, GICA LinkedIn discussions or the development of joint solutions. 

The GICA Secretariat will flag the most active contributors on a regular basis through its newsletter and other channels and give them priority as speakers or participants in special events.

Ready to join or contribute to GICA?

We invite official representatives of countries or eligible organizations interested in joining GICA as a Member to apply online.

We encourage others to suggest a contribution.

To learn more about GICA, please visit: gica.global.