Series of TDD:The Metropolitan Governance (Metro Labs) & Quality Infrastructure Technical Deep Dive

story from Tokyo Development Learning Center January 30 to February 3, 2017

The World Bank’s Tokyo Development Learning Center (TDLC) organized the Metropolitan Governance (Metro Labs) & Quality Infrastructure Technical Deep Dive (TDD) from January 30th to February 3rd, constituting the eighth peer learning event of the Metro Lab Community of Practice (CoP) and the sixth TDD delivered since April 2016.

Uniqueness of the Metro Lab lies in peer-to-peer learning aspect of knowledge exchange, in addition to learning from experts in Japan and other countries. In addition to the World Bank clients from 11 cities in agile metropolitan areas from 8 countries, the Metro Lab benefits from interventions of peer cities including New York City, Paris and Seoul Metropolitan Governments.

From Japan, Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport (MLIT), Tokyo Metropolitan Government (TMG), Union of Kansai Governments, Hyogo Prefecture, Osaka Prefecture and Kobe City joined to unpack the metropolitan governance from three points of views - central government, Tokyo and agile Metropolitan regions, as many of the World Bank clients are indeed categorized to the size.

Four principal Metropolitan Governance topics addressed during this TDD:

- Metropolitan land use and development planning, covering the various stages in development and implementation of strategic plans for metropolitan areas;
- Metropolitan financing including types of fiscal incentives, territorially optimal distribution and modalities for leveraging private financing;
- Institutional arrangement for metropolitan collaboration; and
- Metropolitan plan implementation, including accountability mechanisms for planning and service delivery, effective citizen engagement and asset management.

It was held immediately prior to the 2nd International Conference on Sustainable Development through Quality Infrastructure Investment which focused on quality infrastructure investment (QII) in metropolitan regions. For more information on 2nd QII Conference, please visit here.

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