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Strategic Infrastructure Planning: International Best Practice

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  • Systemic risks can be reduced where projects form part of a broad and long-term strategic plan.
  • Strategic infrastructure planning carries its own risks, including technology's influence on demand- and supply-side considerations.
  • When it works well, strategic planning can set out a stable set of priorities for future investment with durable cross-party support.
  • A successful infrastructure planning process balances a stable framework with maintaining flexibility.
  • The planning process requires clear objectives, a degree of independence and an open, collaborative approach.
  • The planning methodology needs to address risks and uncertainties, take into account binding policy constraints and include considerations of pricing the use of infrastructure.
  • A top-down approach to infrastructure planning to complement traditional project by project assessment is essential to a strategic assessment of long-term economic infrastructure needs across sectors.
  • Infrastructure planning across sectors can help identify the most important systemic risks early.
  • Using analytical methods such as a scenario-based approach to analysis can be helpful in future-proofing infrastructure plans.
  • It is important to consider how demand for scarce infrastructure can be managed. Debt management need to be part of any strategic investment plan.
  • A top-down approach could foster the development of an analytical framework for investment decisions reflecting both demand and supply side considerations.

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