3rd Mekong-Australia Policy Dialogue: Road to Recovery: Transforming Transport Infrastructure in ACMECS

Program Year: 2021

Around 150 participants (via a hybrid model of four live locations linked to one another and to others online) attended the third Mekong-Australia Policy Dialogue, including members of Ayeyawady-Chao Phraya-Mekong Economic Cooperation Strategy (ACMECS) and Australia, as well as other regional partners, multilateral organizations, and the private sector.

The 1.5-track discussion centered on how ACMECS member countries and development partners are using transportation infrastructure to help them recover economically from Covid-19, as well as gain a better understanding of long-term options for infrastructure financing and environmentally responsible transportation. This includes the regulatory changes and institutional strengthening needed to attract more private funding for these endeavors.

MAPD participants discussed policy options for ensuring that infrastructure benefits communities and is environmentally sustainable, as well as for how to support ACMECS’ vision of meeting its member countries’ infrastructure needs through practical new cooperation initiatives such as Australia’s Partnerships for Infrastructure (P4I) and the Mekong-Australia Partnership (MAP).

Related locations: Thailand
Related programs: Environment and Climate Action
Related topics: The Mekong River and Economic Subregion

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