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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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The governance framework for infrastructure and horizontal co-ordination in Chile

This Chapter identifies the main adjustments that should be made to Chile’s central infrastructure governance and horizontal planning, with recommendations based on the OECD’s infrastructure governance framework and related guidance. The first section provides an assessment of Chile’s infrastructure governance framework and how well it meets a set of ten governance pre-conditions that have been identified by the OECD as important for ensuring value-for-money and affordability with regard to infrastructure investment. Section two focuses on the essential ingredients of an infrastructure planning system and identifies gaps in Chile’s planning capabilities and framework. The final section of this chapter provides a number of recommendations for strengthening infrastructure planning and the governance framework. The analysis draws on best practice examples from the four country case studies (France, the Netherlands, Denmark and Australia) that are presented in the Annex to the chapter.

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