In 2001, the OECD Territorial Development Policy Committee (TDPC) promoted a research on infrastructures in relation to territorial development. To support and nourish this initiative, the Committee decided to hold a Conference on the subject. During the July 2001 regular Committee Session, the United Kingdom offered to hold such a Conference in 2002.
Following this proposal the OECD in co-operation with the United Kingdom (UK) Department for Transport, Local Government and Regions (DTLR) organised a Conference in London, on 2 and 3 May 2002 with the title: Territorial Development Policy: the Role of Infrastructures.
The focus of the Conference was two-fold, by taking a vertical perspective looking at three categories of so-called "hard infrastructures" namely: 1) Transport; 2) Energy and 3) Information and Communication Technologies (ICT), while a horizontal perspective enabled participants to tackle a set of four key-issues for territorial development:
Developing infrastructures in view of stimulating endogenous development
Land purchasing and the 'Not In My Backyard' (NIMBY) issue
Governance: horizontal and vertical partnerships
Financing infrastructures: the role of the private sector
Presentations were held at the Conference by experts from several OECD countries (The United States, the Netherlands, Finland, Korea, the United Kingdom and France), the Worldbank, the European Commission, the International Energy Agency (IEA), the European Conference for Ministers of Transport (ECMT), DTLR and from several OECD Directorates.
At the regular July session of the Committee a report synthesising the results of the Conference will be presented, and proposals will be made to continue the research on infrastructures For further information on the Conference: OECD/DTLR Conference Territorial Development Policy: the Role of Infrastructures
In view of the importance of infrastructures in the context of territorial development as well as the fact that it concerns a vast subject, which cannot be covered by one Conference another or other Conference(s) would be appropriate and necessary. Hence the Conference (series) could cover other categories of infrastructures, such as those related to education, health care or water and waste management, green infrastructures as well as so-called soft infrastructures. Several of the issues discussed at the London conference seem applicable to most if not all other types of infrastructures and closely reflect TDPC concerns and objectives. Although, at this early stage, no proposals have yet been submitted to the OECD Secretariat (the OECD Territorial Development Service) Member countries, and their private sector partners, are welcome to contact the Secretariat to signal their interest to continue this effort. Please contact: Miss Deirdre Claassen