Foresight Session 04 - Latin American and Caribbean Rural Roads: a Gateway to Development
Tuesday, October 3
Chair: Antonio Silveira, Physical Infrastructure and Digital Transformation Manager, CAF
Room: South Hall 3C, 3rd floor
As 90% of the rural road network in Latin America and the Caribbean is unpaved, most rural inhabitants lack decent mobility, thus hindering the exercise of various human rights such as access to education, health, culture, and work (OHCHR 2008). This situation leads to the emigration of rural dwellers to cities, causing uprooting of families and the growth of megacities.
Rural transport infrastructure contributes to national cohesion and a more balanced territorial occupation. They are often the only manifest government intervention in remote areas - whose inhabitants traditionally exhibit a feeling of abandonment - and the precursor of other services such as drinking water, electricity, and telecommunications.
The objective of this session is to highlight the social benefits that rural road programs generate in Latin America and the Caribbean. They usually demand rather modest investments, although they can promote productive, institutional, and socially inclusive and sustainable transformations, contributing to sustainable development and the creation of new job opportunities.
During this session, CAF will present its newly publication Rural Roads, A Door to Development and territorial connectivity. This document includes guidelines for the construction of these important low-traffic roads. We would also share Latin American experiences with high developmental impact.
The session will feature the prominent presence of several ministers from Latin America and the Caribbean who will outline the benefits of rural roads, as well as their viewpoints on institutional challenges they must face in the rural road network development. They will also discuss the existing obstacles to ensuring the necessary physical and operational conditions to provide adequate connectivity in rural areas.
Ministers and authorities from Latin America and the Caribbean will be providing their viewpoints on institutional challenges in the rural road network.
- Part 1 – Rural Roads in Latin America and the Caribbean
- Part 2 - Latin American and Caribbean countries' experiences
- Part 3 - International financing cases
- Part 4 - Institutional challenges
- Closing words
Part 1 – Rural Roads in Latin America and the Caribbean
Pathways to stay
• CAF's video about the social benefits of rural roads
Introduction: Rural Roads in Latin America: Opportunities and Challenges
CAF Rural Roads Guide - Presentation
Part 2 - Latin American and Caribbean countries' experiences
LATAM Authorities Discussion Panel 1
• Moderator: Sandra Conde, Transport and Energy Director, CAF
Presentation of country experiences:
• Impact and program prioritization
• Features and scope
• Lessons learnt
Neighborhood Roads and Bridges Program
Production Road Rehabilitation
Colombia’s Path to "Total Peace"
Basic Roads Program
Alagoas from end to end
Part 3 - International financing cases
Multilateral organizations Discussion Panel
• Moderator: Mónica López, Transport Coordinator, CAF
• Socio-economic return from investments
• Private sector funding role
• Multilateral funding criteria
Financing Strategies for Rural Road Development
Rural roads programs and fiscal decentralization
The power of strategic alliances in rural infrastructure projects
Part 4 - Institutional challenges
LATAM Authorities Discussion Panel 2
• Moderator: Hector Varela, Transport Infrastructure Specialist, CAF
• What are the challenges they face when developing these programs?
• What are the most common administrative and financial barriers?
• What about the processes of procurement, monitoring, and implementation of transparency policies?
• Claudia Centurión, Minister of Public Works and Communications, Paraguay
• Rafael José Sabonge Vilar, Minister of Public Works, Panamá
• Dr. Carolina Barbanti, President of ANI, Colombia
• Horacio Pfeiffer, National Director of Highways, Chile
• Mosart da Silva Amaral, State Secretary of Transportation of Alagoas, Brazil
• Antonio Silveira, Physical Infrastructure and Digital Transformation Manager, CAF
Session Organiser: CAF - Development Bank of Latin America and the Caribbean
Session Secretary: Hector Varela, Transport Infrastructure Specialist, CAF