Pacific Infrastructure and COVID-19 Recovery Perspectives

11th to 15th October 2021

Time Topic Title Speaker Documents
10:00 – 10:15

Pacific Island Perspective

Kosi Latu
Director General
Secretariat for the Pacific Regional Environment Programme

10:15 – 10:30

Development Partner Perspective

Ahmed M. Saeed
Vice President &
Lotte Schou Zibell, Regional Director
Asian Development Bank

10:30 – 10:45

Think Tank Perspective

Roland Rajah
Director of International Economics Program
Lowy Institute

11:00 – 11:15

The role of infrastructure in COVID-19 economic recovery

Fei Deng
Program Leader
The World Bank Group

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11:15 – 11:30

Cook Islands experience with infrastructure prioritisation, including COVID-19 recovery criteria

Allan Jensen
Cook Islands Investment Corporation
Government of Cook Islands

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11:30 – 11:45

Tonga’s planning process – evolution and lessons learned

Ma’u Leha,
Deputy Secretary
Head of the Planning Unit Prime Ministers Office
Government of Tonga

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11:45 – 12:00

The importance of investment planning in Public Finance Management.

Paul Seeds
Pacific Financial Technical Assistance Centre

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12:00 – 12:15

National Infrastructure investment pipelines for Pacific Countries

Lorena Estigarribia
Technical Assistance Officer
Pacific Region Infrastructure Facility

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12:15 – 13:00

Panel discussion and Q&A

Time Topic Title Speaker Documents
11:00 – 11:15

Procurement of local contractor from a development partner perspective

Jeff Whitty
Lead advisor
New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade

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11:15 – 11:30

The challenges of local contractors

Ricky Fuoo
Solomon Islands Chamber of Commerce and Industry

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11:30 – 11:45

Challenges to hire national contractors from government’s perspective

Soteria Noaese
Head of Procurement Division,
Acting CEO Ministry of Finance, Samoa

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11:45 – 12:00

PRIF regional study on increasing local participation in infrastructure

Peter Lawther
Pacific Region Infrastructure Facility Consultant

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12:00 – 13:00

Panel Discussion and Q&A

Time Topic Title Speaker Documents
11:00 – 11:15

Aviation issues and challenges and Post-COVID recovery options

David Miles and Mathieu De Marchi
Landrum & Brown

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11:15 – 11:30

Role of shipping & inter-island connectivity in post COVID-19 Recovery

Phil Philippo
CEO of RMI Ministry of Transport and Communication,
Central Pacific Shipping Commission (CPSC)

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11:30 – 11:45

Land Transport connectivity – Road maintenance and management for COVID-19 recovery in the Pacific

Yoshiko Fukada
Infrastructure Management Officer
Japan International Corporation Agency

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11:45 – 12:00

ICT role in post COVID-19 economy

Emma Veve
Deputy Director General
Pacific Department
Asian Development Bank

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12:15 – 13:00

Panel Discussion and Q&A

Time Topic Title Speaker Documents
11:00 – 11:15

Energy Services and PPP for COVID-19 recovery

Mitsunori Motohashi,
Pacific Hub Energy Program Coordinator,
The World Bank Group / International Finance Corporation

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11:15 – 11:30

Water and Sanitation services response to COVID-19 pandemic

Seymour Singh,
General Manager and Chair for COVID-19 Taskforce,
Water Authority of Fiji

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11:30 – 11:45

Solid waste management initiatives to support COVID-19 recovery

Anthony Talouli, Acting Director,
Waste Management and Pollution Control Programme,
Secretariat for the Pacific Regional Environment Program

11:45 – 12:00

European Union: GESI and shared approach in infrastructure services and COVID-19

Pedro Velazquez
Head of Section “Civil Society, Gender, Human Rights, Health”
Delegation of the European Union for the Pacific

12:00 – 13:00

Panel Discussion and Q&A

Side Event: Floating Solar and Other Productive Uses of Electricity Opportunities in the Pacific

13:30 – 13:45

Welcome remarks and Opening messages

Mitsunori Motohashi, The World Bank Group / Pacific Region Infrastructure Facility Energy WG Chair
Mukhtor Khamudkhanov, Director, Energy Division, Pacific Department, Asian Development Bank
Tadayuki Ogawa, Senior Advisor, JICA

13:45 – 14:00

Preparing floating solar plus projects under the Pacific Renewable Energy Investment Facility

Antoine Bittar,
Front-end Solar Technologies

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14:00 – 14:15

Floating Solar Roadmap for Pacific Island Countries

David Lockhart, International Legal and Energy Consultant,
Washington, DC and Auckland, New Zealand

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14:15 – 14:30

Private sector presentations in Renewable energy and food production and Electrifying land transport

Representatives from the Private Sector - BT Leow

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14:30 – 14:45

PICs & Utilities’ interest in Floating PVs & Potential other uses of energy in PICs and Utilities

Moderated by:
Mitsunori Motohashi, The World Bank Group and Cindy Tiangco
Asian Development Bank

14:45 – 14:55

Reduction of costs & benefit from economies of scale & Donor support & other financing opportunities

Moderated by:
Mitsunori Motohashi, The World Bank Group and Cindy Tiangco,
Asian Development Bank

14:55 – 15:00

Closing remarks

Martin Garrood, NZ Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Trade / Pacific Region Infrastructure Facility Energy WG Deputy Chair

Time Topic Title Speaker Documents
11:00 – 11:15

Small atolls challenges and their roadmap to building Sustainable Resilience

Hon. Seve Paeniu,
Finance Minister,
Pepetua Latasi,
Director of Climate Change,
Government of Tuvalu

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11:15 – 11:30

Pacific country’s approach to improving sustainability and resilience

Johnson Binaru,
Director General, Ministry of Infrastructure & Public Utilities,
Government of Vanuatu

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11:30 – 11:45

Building Codes – establishment and enforcement of building code to build a resilient future

Rhys Gwilliam,
Pacific Region Infrastructure Facility Consultant

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11:45 – 12:00

A guide to decision making: Sea level rise and Infrastructure in the Pacific

Noelle O’Brien, Principal Climate Change Specialist, Asian Development Bank

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12:00 – 13:00

Panel Discussion