The Centre has been working with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) since 2010 on the STAR database and in delivering policy symposiums on good regulatory practices in Services.
Investment in infrastructure plays a critical role in promoting economic growth and development. Infrastructure development is a key priority for APEC Leaders and this program supports an Indonesian multi-year initiative supported by Australia to establish a regional PPP Centre. It also supports the G20 Multi-year Action Plan to promote infrastructure investment and reflects Australia’s priorities as Chair of the G20 in 2014.
The program will take place between 2014 and 2016, and will involve participants from Bangladesh, Cambodia, Chile, China, India, Indonesia, Mexico, Peru, Philippines, Papua New Guinea, Thailand and Viet Nam.
This multi-year capacity building program will be delivered by the Australian APEC Study Centre with funding support from the Australian Government under its Government Partnerships For Development (GPFD) Facility.
First Biennial Forum on meeting the challenges of urbanisation
Date: 1 – 2 September 2014
Location:RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia
The first Biennial Forum will discuss ways to develop a best practice holistic urban infrastructure planning framework and an action plan to meet the challenges and infrastructure needs of rapid urbanisation in Asia Pacific economies.
Second Biennial Forum on meeting the challenges of urbanisation
Date: October 2015 (TBC)
The second Biennial Forum will consider an action plan that economies may utilise to meet infrastructure requirements to support sustainable urban development in APEC and South Asian economies.
Training Program 1 on executing PPP transactions
Date: 2 – 5 September 2014
Location: RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia
This training program will focus on developing transactional skills in executing a PPP project, including simulation exercises.
Training Program 2 on best practices in operating PPP agencies
Dates: March 2015 (TBC)
Location: Manilla, Philippines
This follow-up training program will focus on best practices in the operations of a PPP agency, building on Year 1 training program on enhancing transactional skills.
Research, publications and reports
This multi-year program will include three research projects focussing on:
- identifying progress made and gaps in work in regional fora such as APEC in measures to promote the development and financing of infrastructure PPPs;
- qualitative and quantitative measures to assess improvements in transactional skills and the capacity of PPP agencies to assess and deliver infrastructure PPP Projects
- best practice infrastructure planning frameworks to support sustainable urban development in Asia and Latin America, based on outcomes of the Biennial Forum discussions
Asia-Pacific Infrastructure Partnership Dialogues
The program will include the coordination of APIP (Asia-Pacific Infrastructure Partnership) dialogues involving regional government ministers and relevant agencies and infrastructure PPP specialists to provide advice to relevant APEC economies.