The ADB Transport Forum 2018 was held from 12 – 14 September 2018 in Manila, Philippines. It focused on the issue of “Financing the Future of Transport in Asia and the Pacific.” By ADB estimates, the Asian transport sector will require over $8.4 trillion in investments until 2030 in order to continue the region’s growth trajectory while responding to the challenges of climate change. Opportunities exist to close the infrastructure funding gap and direct the financing toward more sustainable, resilient transport infrastructure, and the forum provided an opportunity to discuss these opportunities and attendant challenges.
iRAP’s presentations across the week included:
- Rob McInerney, iRAP CEO, presented during the Closing Plenary with the theme ‘Knowledge Partners’ (Thursday 13 September). See full presentation here
- Rob McInerney, iRAP CEO and Greg Smith, iRAP Managing Director – Strategic Projects, facilitated a special workshop on ‘Investing for Results in Road Safety’ (Thursday 13 September). See presentation here
The main message in iRAP’s presentations: Together with ADB, iRAP is working with countries to set Star Rating policy targets, build national capacity to deliver their own RAP programme and build a pipeline of results-based investment that will save lives and reduce serious injuries through the Asia Pacific region.
iRAP is currently working with ADB in projects throughout Asia Pacific, including in Pakistan, Vietnam, China and Samoa.
Jean Todt, FIA President and UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Road Safety, sent a special message to delegates attending the Investing for Results in Road Safety Workshop, encouraging leadership from the development banks and collaboration to reduce road deaths and serious injury. Watch video below.