Question 7. How will PRIF improve infrastructure in PICs?

  • When requested, PRIF will assist PICs to develop sectoral strategies for infrastructure planning, management, and to identify country priorities.  This can be done through preparation of national infrastructure investment plans.
  • PRIF will take a whole-of-sector approach to the provision of appropriate improvements in infrastructure services.  Whole-of-sector approaches include consideration of institutional capacity, behavior change, pricing, maintenance and governance aspects as well as investment in infrastructure.
  • PRIF will also include opportunities for institutional capacity building, including use of local resources, strengthening local institutions and strengthening the private sector in PICs.
  • PRIF aims to reduce the transaction costs for countries in obtaining development assistance for infrastructure.
  • To assist in the coordination of PRIF partners and with the development of proposals for technical assistance and activity funding, a PRIF Coordination Office (PCO) has been established in Sydney. The PCO facilitates dialogue with countries and mobilises available technical expertise in the target areas. 
  • The PRIF Coordination Office conducts analytical work, project development, capacity building, and advisory and technical assistance to help PICs meet their development goals.
  • PRIF seeks to enhance the existing bilateral and multilateral arrangements in developing infrastructure to foster a more consistent and coordinated approach that leads to better infrastructure outcomes for PICs.
  • PRIF aims to pay specific attention to country capacity (both institutional and fiscal) to manage the recurrent cost implications of infrastructure investments. 
  • PRIF recognises that infrastructure development should draw on the full range of resources available for infrastructure development including government budgets, user charges, private sector investment and development funding. PRIF recognises and supports the significant role of the private sector in development including through investment, management and operations.  PRIF will support the sustainable development of local business and employment.
  • PRIF supports both new investments and maintenance of existing assets through assistance for long-term planning and budgeting that considers the impact of recurrent costs through whole-of-life costing.