PRIF Week 2021: Pacific Infrastructure and COVID-19 Recovery Perspectives Conference 11-15 October 2021

Day 1: Session 1: Opening Session: Infrastructure and COVID-19 recovery perspectives


Session Host: Sean O’Sullivan – Pacific Region Infrastructure Facility.

The Keynote Speakers will introduce their unique perspective on infrastructure and COVID-19 recovery.

Time Topic Title Speaker
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

Day 1: Session 2: Strengthening infrastructure planning for COVID-19 recovery


Session Host: Craig Halbmaier, Acting Economic Counselor, Department of State USA

The role of infrastructure planning in assisting economic recovery after the COVID-19 pandemic.

Time Topic Title Speaker
11:00 – 11:15

The role of infrastructure in COVID-19 economic recovery

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Fei Deng
Program Leader
The World Bank Group

11:15 – 11:30

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

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Allan Jensen
Cook Islands Investment Corporation
Government of Cook Islands

11:30 – 11:45

Tonga’s planning process – evolution and lessons learned

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

11:45 – 12:00

The importance of investment planning in Public Finance Management.

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Paul Seeds
Pacific Financial Technical Assistance Centre

12:00 – 12:15

National Infrastructure investment pipelines for Pacific Countries

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Lorena Estigarribia
Technical Assistance Officer
Pacific Region Infrastructure Facility

12:15 – 13:00

Panel discussion and Q&A

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Day 2: Increasing local participation in infrastructure development


Session Host: Paul Alexander – Manager, Energy and Infrastructure Aid Investments – New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Roundtable discussions about the challenges of local contractors with the public procurement processes and potential solutions that could improve their participation in international and national tender processes.

Time Topic Title Speaker
11:00 – 11:15

Procurement of local contractor from a development partner perspective

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

11:15 – 11:30

The challenges of local contractors

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Ricky Fuoo
Solomon Islands Chamber of Commerce and Industry

11:30 – 11:45

Challenges to hire national contractors from government’s perspective

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

11:45 – 12:00

PRIF regional study on increasing local participation in infrastructure

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Peter Lawther
Pacific Region Infrastructure Facility Consultant

12:00 – 13:00

Panel Discussion and Q&A

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Day 3: Improving connectivity for the post COVID-19 economic recovery


Session Host: Anthony Maxwell – Australian Infrastructure Financing Facility For the Pacific

The role of connectivity in times of COVID19 and what would post-pandemic look like in the Pacific aviation, roads and maritime transport and ICT sector.

Time Topic Title Speaker
11:00 – 11:15

Aviation issues and challenges and Post-COVID recovery options

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David Miles and Mathieu De Marchi
Landrum & Brown

11:15 – 11:30

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

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

11:30 – 11:45

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

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Yoshiko Fukada
Infrastructure Management Officer
Japan International Corporation Agency

11:45 – 12:00

ICT role in post COVID-19 economy

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Emma Veve
Deputy Director General
Pacific Department
Asian Development Bank

12:15 – 13:00

Panel Discussion and Q&A

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Day 4: Session 1: Infrastructure Services – Impacts of COVID-19 and initiatives for recovery Session Host:


Jingmin Huang – Director – Urban Development and Water Division – Asian Development Bank

Round-table discussion about the Pacific energy, water, sanitation and solid waste management challenges and potential solutions post COVID pandemic.

Time Topic Title Speaker
11:00 – 11:15

Energy Services and PPP for COVID-19 recovery

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

11:15 – 11:30

Water and Sanitation services response to COVID-19 pandemic

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

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

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Day 4: Session 2: PRIF Energy Virtual Workshop


Floating Solar and other Productive Uses of Electricity Opportunities in the Pacific

Time Topic Title Speaker
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

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Antoine Bittar,
Front-end Solar Technologies

14:00 – 14:15

Floating Solar Roadmap for Pacific Island Countries

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

14:15 – 14:30

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

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Representatives from the Private Sector - BT Leow

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

Day 5: Infrastructure and improving sustainability and resilience


Session Host: Habiba Gitay – The World Bank

Hear about Pacific Island challenges to adapt to climate change and dive into the most innovative studies and potential solutions for the Pacific region.

Time Topic Title Speaker
11:00 – 11:15

Small atolls challenges and their roadmap to building Sustainable Resilience

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

11:15 – 11:30

Pacific country’s approach to improving sustainability and resilience

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

11:30 – 11:45

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

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Rhys Gwilliam,
Pacific Region Infrastructure Facility Consultant

11:45 – 12:00

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

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

12:00 – 13:00

Panel Discussion

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