Strengthening capacity to develop bankable transport infrastructure projects for enhanced connectivity - Virtual training of policy-makers from LLDCs and transit countries
Improved transport connectivity is crucial for the achievement of the SDGs in LLDCs who because of their geography require an efficient transit transport system in order to effectively participate in global trade. Improving the transport connectivity of LLDCs requires development of both (i) the hard or the physical infrastructure, and (ii) the soft infrastructure or the necessary policies and regulatory frameworks.
The United Nations Office of the High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and the Small Island Developing States (UN-OHRLLS), in partnership with the UN Regional Commissions (ECA, ESCAP, ECLAC and ECE) and the African Development Bank and Asian Development Bank are implementing the project “Strengthening the capacity of Landlocked Developing Countries (LLDCs) to design and implement policies that promote transport connectivity in line with the Belt and Road Initiative for the achievement of the SDGs”. The project aims to help LLDCs and transit countries to develop capacity that can enable them to design policies to build hard and soft infrastructure that is key to improved connectivity to regional and global markets.
This training - Strengthening capacity to develop bankable transport infrastructure projects for enhanced connectivity – is the first part in the series of training workshops to be undertaken under the project.
OBJECTIVE OF THE TRAINING
The main objective of the training will be to enhance the capacity of policymakers from LLDCs and transit countries and equip them with knowledge and skills required including: on preparing viable or bankable projects to expand or upgrade their transport infrastructure; better understanding of the requirements of banks and donors, available funding opportunities, developing supportive regulatory frameworks and enabling environments to attract more infrastructure financing; and on use of public-private-partnerships to develop transport infrastructure. It will also help them share experiences and best practices on promoting transport connectivity.
FORMAT OF THE TRAINING:
The training has modules and other background materials. The training will consist of presentation of the relevant topics by different resource persons using many case studies as much as possible. Participants will be given opportunities to share their experiences.
Languages – The training will have simultaneous interpretation - English and Russian.
The funding for the training was made possible through the project led by UN-OHRLLS entitled: Strengthening the capacity of Landlocked Developing Countries under the “Belt and Road Initiative” to design and implement policies that promote transport connectivity for the achievement of the SDGs which is funded by the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Sub-Fund - United Nations Peace and Development Trust Fund.
- Concept Note
- Training Modules
- MODULE 1: Identification and Preparation of Bankable Transport Infrastructure Projects to Improve Transport Connectivity [ES] [FR] [RU]
- MODULE 2: Identifying Funding Sources and Requirements for Bankable Infrastructure Projects
- MODULE 3: How to Establish a Business-Friendly Environment in the Country to Promote Investment towards Transport Infrastructure
- MODULE 4: Public-Private Partnerships for Infrastructure Development to Improve Transport Connectivity
- ALL MODULES: Developing Bankable Transport Infrastructure Projects: Case Studies, Experiences and Learning Materials for LLDCs and Transit Countries
- Global Report on Improving Transport Connectivity for LLDCs and Building of Resilient Transport Infrastructure to Support Accelerated Progress Towards the SDGs
- Vienna Programme of Action (VPoA)
PROGRAMME AND DOCUMENTS:
Session 1. Introduction: Setting the Scene
Importance of transport connectivity to LLDCs, the Vienna Programme of Action, the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and other relevant global and regional development frameworks; Current status of transport connectivity in LLDCs and transit countries, and impact of COVID-19
- Importance of transport connectivity to LLDCs, the Vienna Programme of Action, Midterm Review and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development – Ms. Gladys Mutangadura, Senior Programme Officer, UN-OHRLLS
- Regional development frameworks and status of transport connectivity, challenges including impact of COVID-19, Mr. Bekhzod Rakhmatov, Transport Connectivity and Logistics Section, Transport Division, UNESCAP
- Initiatives to support transport connectivity and sustainable infrastructure development - Ms. Frida Youssef, Chief, Transport Section of Trade logistics Branch, UNCTAD
- Global status of transport connectivity in LLDCs and transit countries, challenges including impact of COVID-19 – Ms. Fadiah Achmadi, UN-OHRLLS Resource person
- Why the need to develop bankable transport projects – Mr. Glory Jonga, UN-OHRLLS Resource person
Session 2. Development of bankable transport infrastructure projects in Landlocked and Transit Developing Countries including trans-boundary projects for improved connectivity – basics and case studies
- Development of bankable transport projects: key steps - Mr. Glory Jonga, UN-OHRLLS Resource person
- Development of bankable transport projects: Case Study examples - Mr. Glory Jonga UN-OHRLLS Resource person
- The International Transport Infrastructure Observatory - Mr. Roel Janssens, UNECE Sustainable Transport Division
Session 3. Role of Multi-lateral Development Banks in developing bankable transport infrastructure projects – experiences and best practices
- Overview - Mr. Glory Jonga, UN-OHRLLS Resource person
- Experiences of the Asian Development Bank - Mr. Oleg Samukhin, Senior Transport Specialist, Transport and Communications Division, Central and West Asia Department, Asian Development Bank
- Experiences of the World Bank – Ms. Jenny Jing Chao, Senior Public-Private-Partnerships Specialist, World Bank Office, Singapore
- Experiences of the Islamic Development Bank - Mr. Mohammed El Habib Chenquiti Ansari, Islamic Development Bank
Session 4. Financing transport connectivity – experiences and best practices
- Introduction and how to access traditional sources of funding and private sector and case study examples - Mr. Glory Jonga, UN-OHRLLS Resource person
- How to access innovative sources of funding and case study examples - Ms. Fadiah Achmadi, UN-OHRLLS Resource person
- Experiences of China - Ms. Shao Jie, Transport Planning and Research Institute, Ministry of Transport of China
Session 5. Experiences on Public-Private Partnerships for infrastructure development: Presentations, examples
- Overview of Public-Private-Partnerships on transport infrastructure and case examples for air and road transport - Mr. Glory Jonga, UN-OHRLLS Resource person
- Public-Private-Partnerships on transport infrastructure and case examples for rail transport - Ms. Fadiah Achmadi, UN-OHRLLS Resource person
- Public-Private-Partnerships experiences in ESCAP region – Mr. Eric Roeder, Network Coordinator, Infrastructure Financing and Public-Private Partnerships (PPP) Network of Asia and the Pacific, Financing for Development Section, Macroeconomic Policy for Development Division, UNESCAP
- UNOPS experiences with Public-Private-Partnerships – Mr. Joseph Gabriel Stables, Infrastructure Advisor, UNOPS Asia Region
- UNCTAD experiences with PPPs - Ms. Frida Youssef, Chief, Transport Section of Trade logistics Branch, UNCTAD
Session 6. Establishing a business-friendly environment to promote investment towards transport infrastructure: Presentations, examples
- Developing Supportive policies, legal and regulatory Frameworks - Mr. Glory Jonga, UN-OHRLLS Resource person
- Building strong institutions and capacity building - Ms. Fadiah Achmadi, UN-OHRLLS Resource person
- Innovative approaches to creation of Transport infrastructure in LLDCS, incl development of regional infrastructure funds, “Greenovative financing” - Ms. Juliette Passer, International Centre for Transport Diplomacy
- Ms. Fadiah Achmadi, UN-OHRLLS Resource person
- Ms. Heidi Schroderus-Fox, Officer-in-Charge and Director UN-OHRLLS