A Partnership on Sustainable Connectivity and Quality Infrastructure was signed between the EU and Japan in September 2019. The Partnership covers sectors from transport to digital industries. It calls for ‘transparent procurement practises, the ensuring of debt sustainability and the high standards of economic, fiscal, financial, social and environmental sustainability’. Coupled with ODA (Official Development Assistance), which would be necessary for its implementation in the developing world, the Partnership could make a real difference.
The EU-Japan Partnership on Sustainable Connectivity and Quality Infrastructure is one of the first concrete steps within the Strategic Partnership Agreement (SPA). The question is now how to move on from a broad political statement to the implementation stage.
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