Welcome Costa Rica, the newest member of the CoST family!

On 27 March, Costa Rica became the fifth country in Central America to join CoST. Committing to strengthening transparency and accountability in public infrastructure, Ana Helena Chacón Echeverría, Vice President of Costa Rica, officially signed a Memorandum of Understanding with CoST on behalf of Costa Rica. Their membership to CoST forms part of a wider open government strategy, in support of the country's plans for OECD ascension. Costa Rica's application is a direct result of its participation in the 2015 CoST Latin America regional infrastructure workshop. Read more here.

CoST Afghanistan: Opportunities and challenges for infrastructure transparency

CoST Afghanistan launched its Scoping Study on 16 March, exploring the opportunities and challenges to infrastructure transparency. The Scoping Study identified that the most significant challenges to public infrastructure procurement remain around project delivery and completion including political influence on contract awards, beneficial ownership of contracting firms and insufficient or overlapping monitoring. Read more here.

CoST Ukraine: Unlocking new information on public infrastructure

CoST Ukraine has made a major breakthrough in infrastructure transparency by ensuring that all resolutions and minutes from the Technical Committee of the state road agency, Ukravtodor, will be publicly available. The Technical Committee is the advisory body responsible for considering and approving all technical resolutions on roads and artificial structures and its decisions therefore impact upon the cost, timeframe and quality of public road works. Read more here.

CoST Uganda: New CoST Champion announced to advance the infrastructure transparency agenda

The Minister of Works and Transport, Hon. Monica Ntege Azuba, has committed to supporting infrastructure transparency and accountability as the CoST Uganda Champion. The announcement came as part of CoST Uganda’s Strategic Engagement Meeting which brought together high-level multi-stakeholder representatives to raise demand for good governance in public infrastructure and present preliminary findings from its Scoping Study. Read more here.

CoST Ethiopia: From technical data to actionable information, new Aggregation Study launched

To date, CoST Ethiopia has applied the principles of disclosure and assurance to over 50 infrastructure projects representing US$3.27 billion of investment. This new Aggregation Study analyses and synthesises the project information disclosed to provide a comprehensive overview of the state of Ethiopian infrastructure. Through the Study, CoST Ethiopia seeks to facilitate a transition from disclosure driven by the CoST Assurance process to greater integration of disclosure into government systems. Read more here.

CoST Board in Honduras: Supporting national programmes on the ground

CoST Honduras welcomed the CoST Board for a jam-packed week to showcase the successes and learnings from their national programme and hold the 21st CoST Board meeting. From roundtables with the President of the Republic of Honduras and regional donors to project site visits and citizen forums, CoST Honduras displayed the breadth and depth of its programme. CoST is proud to be a flexible standard, both adapting to the local context but also drawing insights from national experiences to inform its international principles and guidelines. Read more here.

CoST in Southeast Asia: New research highlights baseline for infrastructure transparency

CoST, in partnership with the UK Government’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), has undertaken ground-breaking research into the infrastructure investment environment across Southeast Asia. Four country studies, covering Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam, identify both the challenges and opportunities for strengthening public infrastructure investment in the region. The reports were launched at a regional workshop in Bangkok, Thailand, in which leading high-level stakeholders came together to explore how best to strengthen and expand existing transparency and accountability efforts. Read more here.

Public Procurement in Africa: Harnessing its potential for socio-economic growth

CoST International and CoST Malawi joined other leading experts for a high-level conference on public procurement, organised by the African Development Bank (AfDB) and the World Bank. Addressing both the opportunities and challenges in the region, the Forum focused on the issue of harnessing public procurement for socio-economic growth and ensuring equity of public investments. Joe Ching’ani, CoST Malawi Chairperson, said: “African countries should embrace and adopt transparent governance tools, such as CoST, in order to take the continent’s social and economic transformation agenda further and higher.” Read more here.
Date Published: 23 May 2017
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