Transport infrastructure and aid effectiveness in the Pacific Islands region: a strategy for reform

Gannon, Colin A., Bray, David J. and Gordon, Ian (1996). Transport infrastructure and aid effectiveness in the Pacific Islands region: a strategy for reform. In: Transport Reform Moving Forward: 20th Australasian Transport Research Forum. Proceedings. ATRF 1996: 20th Australasian Transport Research Forum, Auckland, New Zealand, (). 28-30 August, 1996.

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Author Gannon, Colin A.
Bray, David J.
Gordon, Ian
Title of paper Transport infrastructure and aid effectiveness in the Pacific Islands region: a strategy for reform
Conference name ATRF 1996: 20th Australasian Transport Research Forum
Conference location Auckland, New Zealand
Conference dates 28-30 August, 1996
Proceedings title Transport Reform Moving Forward: 20th Australasian Transport Research Forum. Proceedings
Place of Publication Canberra, ACT, Australia
Publisher Australasian Transport Research Forum
Publication Year 1996
Sub-type Fully published paper
Open Access Status
Total pages 17
Language eng
Formatted Abstract/Summary
In most of the South Pacific Island States, high levels of foreign aid have financed the accumulation of a large stock of transport infrastructure. The major challenge now confronting the island governments is looking after the valuable stock that has been established. However, maintenance and replacement of the existing stock is not sustainable from domestic resources. The accumulated stock and the standard assets are low, delivery effectiveness is limited, and bilateral donors finance rehabilitation and reconstruction but are reluctant to maintain infrastructure. Premature and higher cost rehabilitation and reconstruction are often substituted for effective and systematic routine and periodic maintenance. This raises infrastructure and user resource costs and impairs domestic economic performance and potential growth. Maintenance of existing assets is the key issue, not new investment. Policies and recurrent budget allocations have not reflected this priority. Island governments need to formulate a strategy to reform the overall management of their transport infrastructure which includes the sectoral allocations of external assistance.
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