A delegation from the National Governors Association recently visited Australia on a fact finding trip as part of the NGA’s year-long initiative on Infrastructure. GIIA plays an active role on the National Governors Association Advisory Panel on Infrastructure and its members were leading contributors on the visit.
NGA Chair Governor Larry Hogan and the delegation met with senior Australian officials to discuss the Australian experience in using private finance to provide roads, mass transit, ports and other infrastructure and included meetings with senior Australian Government officials including the Deputy Prime Minister.
Speaking on the visit, IFM’s Tom Osborne said:
“While the Australian infrastructure investment framework and practice differs in some important ways from the United States, there were nonetheless useful lessons to be shared about project prioritisation and winning public support for private investment in public assets. The opportunities to interact locally with seasoned practitioners of public-private partnerships from both government and the private sector was valuable.”
Through its partnership with the NGA, GIIA present members with opportunities for engagement with Governors and state officials with an interest in unlocking private investment in US infrastructure.