The progress for projects listed in the Initial Rolling Priority Pipeline, particularly on the specific needs and challenges, were highlighted during the 7th meeting of the Lead Implementing Body for the Master Plan on ASEAN Connectivity (MPAC) 2025 on Strategic Area of Sustainable Infrastructure on Tuesday.
Permanent Secretary (Infrastructure, Housing and Professional) at the Ministry of Development (MoD) Ir Haji Amer Hishamuddin bin Pehin Orang Kaya Amar Pahlawan Dato Seri Setia Haji Zakaria chaired the virtual meeting as Brunei Chair of the Lead Implementing Body for Sustainable Infrastructure (LIB-SI) held at the International Convention Centre in Berakas.
Participants included LIB-SI representatives from ASEAN member states, Connectivity Division of ASEAN Secretariat as well as senior officials from the MoD’s Public Works Department.
Taking the COVID-19 pandemic into account, one of the challenges is in preparing business cases for the projects and attracting private investment for further project implementation. The Initial Rolling Priority Pipeline will contribute to ASEAN’s objectives of improving access and increasing connectivity among ASEAN member states by identifying and prioritising physical infrastructure projects that have regional economic impact.
On the three-year plan of the Rolling Work Plan of Sustainable Infrastructure for the MPAC 2025, Ir Haji Amer Hishamuddin highlighted the action plans for the sustainable infrastructure initiatives which include the implementation of Project on Assessment of Future Sustainable Infrastructure Trends and Priorities in a Post Pandemic ASEAN, the Socialisation Forum on the Framework for Improving ASEAN Infrastructure Productivity and the ASEAN Sustainable Urbanisation Forum by second quarter of this year 2021.
Ir Haji Amer Hishamuddin commended all LIB-SI representatives and the ASEAN Secretariat for the support and contribution to all sustainable infrastructure initiatives, adding that more efforts are required to accelerate the pace of project implementation, especially in the development of capacity building activities, strengthening of in-country coordination and deepening engagement with national and private stakeholders.