Access to Quality Infrastructure is a major challenge for the island countries of the Pacific. In collaboration with its development partners, the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat (PIFS) convened the first Regional Quality Infrastructure (QI) Workshop in the Pacific in Nadi (Fiji) on 2-6 September 2019. Andy Henson, Director of the International Liaison and Communication Department at the BIPM was pleased to both present and contribute to the workshop.
The initiative brought together over 80 participants, including government officials and private sector representatives from Forum Island Countries (FIC); international, regional and national organizations playing a leading role in QI; and donor partners.
The workshop prepared and endorsed a Regional Quality Statement summarizing the regional consensus. The workshop will also enable the PIFS to prepare a concept for the second phase of the QI initiative, including a high-level workplan, outlining the implementation of priorities identified by FICs.
This concept note will serve to inform resource mobilization, including but not limited to identification and formulation of a project proposal to be submitted to the Enhanced Integrated Framework (EIF) in the coming months. The EIF is the multilateral partnership dedicated exclusively to assisting least developed countries (LDCs) in their use of trade as an engine for growth, sustainable development and poverty reduction.
The statement, workplan and concept note will also be submitted to the next Pacific Islands Forum Trade Meeting for endorsement.