|International Workshop on Measuring Investment in Transport Infrastructure|
|9-10 February 2012
Location: International Energy Agency (IEA), Room 2, 9 rue de la Fédération, 75015 Paris, France
Patricia Hu (Chair), Director at the American Bureau of Transportation Statistics, speaking on infrastructure investments
The workshop is a platform for statisticians and stakeholders to discuss and better understand transport infrastructure investment and maintenance data. The aim is to bring together data providers and users to share their experience with the methodology, interpretation and limitations of transport investment data. The workshop allowed for comparison and discussion of practice and examines the experience with harmonising definitions and methods. In doing so, opportunities for data quality improvement were be identified.
Infrastructure investments are a key determinant of performance in the transport sector. However, the sector lacks standardised definitions and methods for measuring investment – and a fortiori assets. The increasing mix of public and private investors and operators in the transport sector adds to the complexity of measuring investments and outcomes. Transport infrastructure has to be maintained and measurement of maintenance costs and outcomes differs widely across modes and countries. Subsidies complicate measurement further. They provide additional resources but are not necessarily defined as investments. The lack of clear definitions and common practices hinders meaningful analysis and comparison, and this may lead to inaccuracy in decision making.
List of Participants
Presentations made at the workshop
Welcome and objectives
Measuring infrastructure investment and maintenance
Combining data from public and private entities
Harmonisation of international data collections
Matching needs and identifying gaps
Summary discussions and concluding remarks