RMIT has convened two high-level policy events on urban infrastructure and Public Private Partnerships (PPPs) in the Asia-Pacific.
More than 90 regional experts and senior officials from across the Asia-Pacific region attended a forum and training program run by the Australian APEC Study Centre.
Both programs are part of a multi-year capacity building program on Infrastructure PPPs and Sustainable Urban Development in APEC and South Asia, funded by the Australian Government under its Government Partnerships for Development Facility.
The “Urban Infrastructure Network Forum” was opened by RMIT Chancellor Dr Ziggy Switkowski and included keynote addresses from Australian APEC Business Advisory Council members, John Denton and Sir Rod Eddington.
The forum discussed 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.
Sixty experts from industry, academia, international organisations and government agencies were involved in the forum.
RMIT representatives included Professor Andrew MacIntyre, Deputy Vice-Chancellor International and Vice-President, Professor Ron Wakefield, Head of the School of Property, Construction and Project Management and Deputy Pro Vice-Chancellor International, and academics from the Global Cities Research Institute.
The four-day “Delivering Successful PPPs” training program was held in RMIT’s Swanston Academic Building and attended by 34 policy officials.
The program focused on developing transactional skills in executing Private Public Partnerships and engaged participants on issues of enhancing the institutional capacity of agencies to design, finance and implement PPP infrastructure projects.
This included simulation exercises and site visits to the Royal Children’s Hospital, Southern Cross Railway Station and The Melbourne Exhibition and Convention Centre.
Participants in both programs were also brought together for a network event hosted by the College of Business, the Victorian Government and Partnerships Victoria.
Delegates from more than 15 Asia-Pacific economies were represented on the night, which featured a keynote address by Victorian Parliamentary Secretary to the Premier, Craig Ondarchie.