The purpose of the UIN is to develop a guide for governments to assist them in managing the varied and complex challenges of enhancing and building sustainable cities.
In its report to APEC Leaders in September 2014, the APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC) recommended the formation of the Asia Pacific Urban Infrastructure Network (UIN) to develop a Best Practice Policy Framework and Action Plans for Sustainable Urban Infrastructure Development.
The Australian APEC Study Centre (AASC) at RMIT University in Melbourne is leading the work program of the UIN with funding from the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT).
The purpose of the Framework and Action Plans is to provide a holistic guide for governments at the national and sub-national level in order to assist them in managing the varied and complex challenges of enhancing and building sustainable cities. This work was undertaken by UIN members including experts from industry, academia, think tanks and officials from various levels of government.
Three work-streams were created to identify best practices relating to urban policy and planning, project development, implementation and financing. The UIN aims to contribute to realising the goals of the APEC Ningbo Initiative emanating from the 2016 APEC High-Level Urbanization Forum.
The three work-streams of the UIN are:
Work-Stream 1: Policy and Planning for Sustainable Urban Development
Key themes: planning for sustainable economic development of cities; infrastructure for sustainable development; policy coordination at national, sub-national and city and municipal levels of government
Work-Stream 2: Project Development, Procurement and Management Good Practice
Key themes: Project structuring and appraisal; design of project development facilities; transparency and information flows; Project procurement practices; design of project organisation and methodologies
Work-Stream 3: Financing for Sustainable Urban Development
Key themes: Project finance; enhancing credit facilities and financing innovation options; mobilising long-term finance