Home Today's Paper Most Popular Video Gallery Photo Gallery
Subscription Blog Signin Register
Logo
Tuesday, February 20, 2018 11:26:09 PM
Follow Us On: Facebook Twitter Twitter Twitter Twitter

Developing infrastructure services

By
10th-Jan-2017       
Comments
Share your thought
Post a comment »
Read all () »

Laurence Carter :
One of my favorite songs when I was growing up was John Lennon's "Imagine." A few months ago, UNICEF created a project around it to highlight the plight of millions of refugee children. Now, as the year draws to a close, I couldn't help but imagine a world with high-quality, affordable, sustainable, well-maintained, infrastructure services for everyone.
I'm not sure a video of infrastructure projects set to "Imagine" would fire people up as much as the UNICEF video does. But there is value in reflecting on what we have accomplished in 2016, and what we might hope for and imagine in 2017, to bring this vision closer to reality for millions of people.
2016 has been a special year - and a busy one - in terms of infrastructure. Here are some highlights:
The first Global Infrastructure Forum, co-hosted by all multilateral development banks in partnership with the United Nations. This was the result of 193 nations agreeing (imagine that!) on the need for a collaborative platform for infrastructure at the 2015 Financing for Development Conference in Addis Ababa;
The World Bank - Singapore Infrastructure Finance Summit, which brought public and private stakeholders together to discuss public and private infrastructure investment;
The global launch of the International Infrastructure Support System, an online PPP project preparation platform now supporting 63 projects from 21 countries;
The global launch of the PPP Certification Program endorsed by the multilateral development banks (MDBs) - which is helping PPP practitioners around the world to learn more;
The Benchmarking PPP Procurement 2017 report, offering improvements that can help governments prepare, procure, and manage Public-Private Partnerships (PPP);
Knowledge platform partnerships such as the PPP Knowledge Lab  which showcases a fine example of MDBs' collaboration to offer a wealth of information;
And in case you missed the massive online courses offered on PPPs, you can now find the English course here, and the French course here.   
This year has also seen an explosion of interest, by readers and contributors, in our Public-Private Partnerships blog, which provides a platform for infrastructure and PPP experts from around the world to share their knowledge and experience. We are grateful to all who have contributed and look forward to host current and new bloggers in 2017.
Yes, 2016 has been a fruitful year for infrastructure. So what do we imagine for the coming year? I can hear John Lennon encouraging me as I think up my wish list for 2017. Imagine a world:
Where more pension funds can make long-term investments in infrastructure assets, yielding steady revenues to pay pensions;
Where citizens can see the contracts between governments and private infrastructure providers online and have access to transparent performance information;
Where investors can see a list of potential infrastructure projects;
Where projects are prepared by governments with checks to see that they fit strategically, environmentally and socially, provide good value for money, are manageable fiscally, make commercial sense and where there is technical oversight capacity;
Where governments take the time to engage stakeholders as part of the design of projects.
All these imaginings would result in better, cheaper, higher-quality sustainable infrastructure that reaches a lot more people. You get the idea…
The thing is, most of these outcomes are achievable and don't need huge amounts of additional money.  Instead, they involve adopting standards and protocols - particularly upstream - mostly taken by governments, to "de-risk" their countries by adopting decent legal and regulatory protections, prioritizing potential infrastructure projects and programs, and ensuring transparency. Data and tools to do that exist. All that's needed is wider adoption.
And with that thought to ponder on, I wish you all the best for 2017…
World Bank Blog

Tariff
Add Rate

News Archive

Inside The New Nation

Sports »

Medalists in the women's 12.5-kilometer mass start biathlon (from right) Belarus' Darya Domracheva (silver), Slovakia's Anastasiya Kuzmina (gold) and Norway's Tiril Eckhoff (bronze) pose during their medals ceremony at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea on Sunday.


Entertainment »

I am very excited about working with Akshay Kumar: Parineeti


Parineeti Chopra, who will be sharing screen space for the first time with Akshay Kumar, says she is excited to work with the superstar in Kesari.The film, being directed by Anurag Singh, will see Akshay essaying the role of Havildar Ishar Singh, while Parineeti plays his wife."(I) am very excited ...

Editorial »

We welcome UK`s removal of ban on direct air cargo


THE UK government has fully withdrawn the two-year-long ban on direct cargo flights from Dhaka to London ending the plight of exporters, particularly garment exporters who were facing difficulty to make emergency shipment of samples and other cargo to buyers within the stipulated time. The British government said it is ...

City »

Buyers flip through the books at a stall of Amar Ekushey Book Fair on Bangla Academy premises in the city on Monday.


International »

Syrian forces to back YPG` in fight against Turkey


Al Jazeera News :The Kurdish YPG fighters claim they have reached a deal to allow Syrian government troops to enter Afrin in the northwestern part of the border town.Nuri Mahmoud, a spokesman for the People's Protection Units (YPG), told Al Jazeera on Monday that they are calling on the Syrian ...

Editorial »

Cleansing operation to stop leakage of question


QUESTION leakage during the ongoing SSC examination showed that the government has no power and the Education Ministry has no control over the corrupt people handling the question papers. So far questions of all 10 tests were openly available around the examination centers in Dhaka city and other places from ...

Sports »

Simidele Adeagbo of Nigeria reacts in the finish area after the final run of the women's skeleton competition at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea on Saturday.


Entertainment »

Rekha Rana to be a part of Hollywood Television Series, Be Great!


Rekha has been recently shooting for a Hollywood television series, Be Great!. She is Pretty much Excited and happy to be a part of the Television Series which is going to showcase true stories and also the fact that the series is very inspiring. Rekha saw early potential in 'Be ...

International »

Russian election plot touched even minor Trump supporters


AP, West Palm Beach :The request was simple: organize or attend a sign-waving rally supporting Donald Trump. But some of the Florida Republicans on the receiving end of those requests now know that they didn't come from Republican allies, but from Russian adversaries.Caught up in an elaborate Russian plot without ...

City »

Bangladesh Chhatra Moitri formed a human chain in front of the Jatiya Press Club on Sunday in protest against leakage of question papers.


Editorial »

More than Suu Kyi, the Generals deserve punishment first


THE UN special envoy on Thursday said, Myanmar's Aung San Suu Kyi has clearly failed to stand up for the Rohingyas, and can well be held accountable for crimes against humanity. To a greater extent the UN envoy is correct. While talking to a news channel, the UN envoy also ...

Cricket »

Tamim to play in 2nd T20I against Sri Lanka


Sports Reporter :Dashing opener Tamim Iqbal will play for Bangladesh in the second and final Twenty20 International Cricket match against Sri Lanka at Sylhet International Cricket Stadium in Sylhet today. The match starts at 5.00 pm.Captain of Bangladesh team Mahmudullah Riyad said, " Tamim's condition is now pretty good. I ...

Entertainment »

Jennifer Winget back with `Bepannah`


Indian television's popular face Jennifer Winget has a huge fanbase-thanks to her impeccable acting prowess. Her performances on the silver screen have always made her a winner and after swooning the viewers in 'Beyhadh', the actress is back with a new TV show.Jennifer's new television show is titled 'Bepannah' and ...

City »

Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan distributing Bangladesh Coastguard Medals among the officials and employees of Bangladesh Coastguard at a ceremony organised recently at its Headquarters in the city 's Agargaon.


International »

Former playboy model alleges affair with Trump


AFP, Washington :A second woman has made allegations of an affair with Donald Trump, describing complex legal and financial agreements in an alleged bid to cover it up.Former Playboy model Karen McDougal claims that she and Mr Trump had a sexual relationship in 2006, months after first lady Melania Trump ...

 
Items that you save may be read at any time on your computer, iPad, iPhone or Android devices.
 
Are you new to our website? Do you have already an account at our website?
Create An Account Log in here
Email this news to a friend or like someone
Email:
Write a comment to this news