Morag Baird, Senior Manager, Leading Practices and Policy, represented the GI Hub at the Symposium and Informal Senior Officials Meeting (ISOM) in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea on 5-6 December 2017. The event marked the commencement of the 2018 PNG presidency of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC).

The event included a symposium followed by the ISOM structured around the APEC theme for 2018: Harnessing Inclusive Opportunities, Embracing the Digital Future.

The three priorities of this theme are:

  1. improving connectivity, and deepening regional economic integration
  2. promoting inclusive and sustainable growth
  3. strengthening economic growth through structural reform.

Morag presented under priority three on Planning, financing and delivering quality infrastructure. She discussed the importance of well-planned infrastructure to inclusive growth, policy planning and delivery, with an emphasis on GI Hub’s InfraCompass tool, financing of infrastructure, and long-term operation and management.

A summary of the APEC event is available online.