Transport and Covid-19: responses and resources

Developing Strategic Approaches to Infrastructure Planning

Policy Insights

  • Governments should adopt a strategic approach to infrastructure planning. This should be communicated clearly via an explicit, detailed and periodically updated strategic infrastructure plan.
  • Strategic infrastructure plans should be linked to explicit infrastructure funding envelopes, with project pipelines identified, at least in broad terms.
  • Governments should consider the merits of establishing independent infrastructure advisory bodies to provide transparent, expert advice on long-term, cross-sectoral infrastructure strategy, planning and policy development, as well as priorities for medium-to-longer-term infrastructure investment.
  • Arrangements for the establishment of independent bodies should address key governance principles, such as those identified in the OECD’s Principles for the Governance of Regulators.
  • Infrastructure project appraisal should, as far as possible, be based on a consistent and transparent methodology.
  • The OECD/ITF should publish a review of government and private sector infrastructure-related responses to the Covid‑19 pandemic.
  • A formal policy framework should guide decisions on the stewardship of major infrastructure assets.
  • Governments should review their infrastructure regulatory frameworks.
  • Ex post performance assessment should be undertaken for all major projects.
  • National infrastructure institutions and statistical agencies should co‑ordinate internationally to develop consistent infrastructure performance measures.
  • Where cross-border infrastructure projects are adopted, they should be managed by a specific-purpose body with all parties represented. Policy objectives and performance standards should be clearly specified and governance, funding and accountability mechanisms established.

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