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Gaps and Governance Standards of Public Infrastructure in Chile

Infrastructure Governance Review

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Chile’s planning and governance framework has supported the roll-out of high quality and efficient infrastructure that has been a key enabler of the country’s rapid development over the past two decades. However, changing circumstances such as climate change, decentralisation and a greater focus on social and territorial equity now require a change in how infrastructure needs are identified and addressed. This review examines Chile’s infrastructure stock and governance standards in light of the country’s 2030 growth agenda and OECD benchmarks, and sets out how such change can be achieved, with a special focus on transport and water infrastructure.

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Foreword and acknowledgements

The review assesses Chile’s infrastructure policy system, identifies the main governance bottlenecks for the development of infrastructure projects, provides a comparison with what other countries have done to alleviate similar bottlenecks, and proposes tailored policy recommendations. While Chile has been successful in upgrading its infrastructure stock over the past decade, new demands are emerging in a more complex policy environment. Meeting the logistics needs of Chile’s key export industries, managing the pressure of urbanisation on key infrastructures, limiting regional disparities in access to essential services, preparing for natural disasters, managing the risks of too much, too little and too polluted water and securing sustainable access to water services both in urban and rural settlements; these and other pressures make infrastructure policy planning and delivery particularly challenging in Chile.

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