Addressing The Infrastructural Deficit
Without doubt, there is a need to create a more comfortable environment for infrastructural projects. Long-term infrastructure projects are viable ways for employment. When collaborative infrastructure projects kickstart, there will be many teams needed to deliver the task. This includes the engineering workforce, among others.
This creates employment opportunities for those who would be working on these projects. This makes it essential that there are quality plans through which there will be an upsurge in the number of infrastructure projects. The most effective way to salvage the economy, create more employment opportunities, and also attract the private sector to the industry is by fostering effective infrastructure projects.
There is also the need to evaluate the key challenges facing the infrastructure in the country. Stakeholders have called on the government to evaluate the important aspects of infrastructure and determine the best way to make things more collaborative. An important thing that can be done here is to restructure the way projects are carried out. There is a need for better risk-sharing modalities that will contemplate the interests of the private parties in the sector. This goes a long way in incentivising the private sector.
For the government’s plans on infrastructure to work, there is a need for public-private partnership. The government cannot do it alone and it is high time the government understands this. However, to get the goodwill and cooperation of the private sector, the long-term infrastructure plan will have to adequately represent their interests.
Furthermore, the projects that will receive public funding should be properly evaluated. Such projects must have long-term economic benefits to offer the country and the public. This will also prevent cases where projects are used to siphon public funds. As such, a proper evaluation is in order.
Government’s Plans And Accountability
The importance of focusing on infrastructure is geared at the creation of an independent advisory body that understands infrastructure and can work adequately to bring the needs to reality. This will also be in partnership with the states and other territories. There is a need for the central government to connect with the state government when making decisions like this. The place of partnership cannot be overstated, as it enhances the excellence of results.
To ensure that infrastructure is constantly serving the needs of the country, there will be key performance indices to ensure the targets are met. For a start, the coalition will develop a 15-year pipeline infrastructural project to serve the infrastructural needs of the country. To ensure effectiveness, this will be re-evaluated every five years to incorporate new things that would have arisen during the past five years. This way, the infrastructural design can continue to support the country’s needs.
For accountability, the cost benefit analysis will be published regularly. This way, members of the public can follow through with the progress being made by the government. The public can also call the government to question if certain things are not adding up. This is the essence of publishing the analysis.