Projects delivered by ASI support the objectives of expanding access to infrastructure services, reducing their cost and improving the quality of service. Our team of advisers brings direct experience of work within infrastructure providers, government ministries and regulatory authorities. We can deploy teams of operational, engineering, economic and financial experts in all the key infrastructure sectors including telecoms, energy, water supply and sanitation and transport (ports, road, rail and aviation). ASI has an established track record in determining the scope for future private sector investment and how structural and regulatory reforms can be introduced to ensure that such investment results in pro-poor outcomes.
Much of the developing world is badly hindered by inadequate, deteriorating or even non-existent infrastructure. Weak infrastructure reduces the productivity of both individuals and the capital they employ; it therefore undermines the natural competitive advantages inherent within a country's assets. It creates barriers to development by restricting opportunities and raising costs thus impeding the sustainable development of the economy and stifling innovation.
For example, poor infrastructure is regarded as either a "major or severe obstacle to the operation and growth" of around 70% of business in sub-Saharan Africa (World Bank Investment Climate survey, 2006). Good infrastructure on the other hand is the foundation upon which sustainable economic development and the fight against poverty can take place. Making infrastructure development work for the poorest in society remains a critical challenge.
ASI's capability in infrastructure reform and development includes:
- Infrastructure and utility sector policy
- Strategies for attracting sustainable private sector investment
- Selecting the most appropriate private sector participation (PSP) methodology
- Utility and infrastructure sector restructuring and market reform
- Creation and strengthening of regulatory frameworks and institutions