Launch of the Quad infrastructure coordination group
Washington [US], Sep 25 (ANI): Building on the existing leadership of Quad partners in high quality infrastructure, a senior Quad infrastructure coordination group has been launched by partner countries, according to a White House statement.
The group will meet regularly to share regional infrastructure needs assessments and coordinate respective approaches to provide transparent and high-quality infrastructure, the statement said on Friday (local time).
It will also coordinate technical assistance and capacity building efforts, including with regional partners, “to ensure that our efforts are mutually reinforcing” and complement each other to meet the large demand for infrastructure in the Indo- Pacific, he added.
Apart from this, the Quad countries have built quality infrastructure in the Indo-Pacific region.
“The Quad partners are leaders in building quality infrastructure in the Indo-Pacific region. Our complementary approaches leverage public and private resources to achieve maximum impact,” he added.
“Since 2015, Quad’s partners have provided more than $ 48 billion in official funding for infrastructure in the region. This represents thousands of projects, including capacity building, in more than 30 countries in support of rural development, health infrastructure, water supply and sanitation, renewable energy production ( e.g. wind, solar and hydro), telecommunications, road transport, etc. Our infrastructure partnership will amplify these contributions and further catalyze private sector investment in the region, ”the statement added.
US President Joe Biden welcomed Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga to the White House for the first time in person at the Quad Leaders Summit.
Leaders presented ambitious initiatives that strengthen ties and advance practical cooperation on 21st century challenges, ending the COVID-19 pandemic, including increasing production and access to safe and effective vaccines , by promoting high-quality infrastructure, by fighting the climate crisis, by establishing partnerships on emerging technologies, space and cybersecurity, and by cultivating the talents of the next generation in all countries. (ANI)