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XXVIIth World Road Congress
Proceedings of the Congress

Foresight Session 04 - Latin American and Caribbean Rural Roads: a Gateway to Development

Tuesday, October 3 14:30 - 18:00
Chair: Antonio SILVEIRA, Physical Infrastructure and Digital Transformation Manager, CAF
Room: South Hall 3C, 3rd floor

As 90% of the rural road network in Latin America and the Caribbean is unpaved, most rural inhabitants lack decent mobility, thus hindering the exercise of various human rights such as access to education, health, culture, and work (OHCHR 2008). This situation leads to the emigration of rural dwellers to cities, causing uprooting of families and the growth of megacities.

Rural transport infrastructure contributes to national cohesion and a more balanced territorial occupation. They are often the only manifest government intervention in remote areas - whose inhabitants traditionally exhibit a feeling of abandonment - and the precursor of other services such as drinking water, electricity, and telecommunications.

The objective of this session was to highlight the social benefits that rural road programs generate in Latin America and the Caribbean. They usually demand rather modest investments, although they can promote productive, institutional, and socially inclusive and sustainable transformations, contributing to sustainable development and the creation of new job opportunities.

During this session, CAF presented its newly publication Rural Roads, A Door to Development and territorial connectivity. This document includes guidelines for the construction of these important low-traffic roads. Latin American experiences with a strong impact on development were also shared.

Ministers and authorities from Latin America and the Caribbean gave their viewpoints on institutional challenges in the rural road network.

  1. Part 1 – Rural Roads in Latin America and the Caribbean
  2. Part 2 - Latin American and Caribbean countries' experiences
  3. Part 3 - International financing cases
  4. Part 4 - Institutional challenges
  5. Closing words
  6. Organization

Part 1 – Rural Roads in Latin America and the Caribbean

  • Pathways to stay
    CAF - Video about the social benefits of rural roads
  • Introduction: Rural Roads in Latin America: Opportunities and Challenges
    Antonio SILVEIRA - Physical Infrastructure and Digital Transformation Lead Manager, CAF
  • CAF Rural Roads Guide - Presentation
    Hernán O. FERNANDEZ (Colombia) - CAF consultant

Part 2 - Latin American and Caribbean countries' experiences

LATAM Authorities Discussion Panel 1

Presentation of country experiences:
• Impact and program prioritization
• Features and scope
• Lessons learnt

  • Part 2 - Country experiences in Latin America
    Sandra CONDE - Transport and Energy Director, CAF - Moderator
  • Neighborhood Roads and Bridges Program
    Claudia CENTURIÓN (Paraguay) - Minister of Public Works and Communications
  • Production Road Rehabilitation
    Rafael José SABONGE VILAR (Panama) - Minister of Public Works
  • Colombia’s Path to "Total Peace"
    Carolina BARBANTI (Colombia) - President of ANI
  • Basic Roads Program
    Horacio PFEIFFER (Chile) - National Director of Highways
  • Alagoas from end to end
    Mosart DA SILVA AMARAL (Brazil) - State Secretary of Transportation of Alagoas


Part 3 - International financing cases

Multilateral organizations Discussion Panel

• Moderator: Mónica LÓPEZ, Transport Coordinator, CAF

• Socio-economic return from investments
• Private sector funding role
• Multilateral funding criteria

  • Financing Strategies for Rural Road Development
    Manuel BENARD - Senior Investment Operations Specialist, AIIB, Beijing
  • Roads4people: ORIS&UNIDO
    Susanna ZAMMATARO (Switzerland) - Director, IRF
  • Rural roads programs and fiscal decentralization
    Nicolas PELTIER (Infrastructure Transport Sector Director, World Bank)
  • The power of strategic alliances in rural infrastructure projects
    Isabel FERNÁNDEZ (Spain) - Kenya and Zambia Project Manager, KUBAKA

Part 4 - Institutional challenges

LATAM Authorities Discussion Panel 2

• What are the challenges they face when developing these programs?
• What are the most common administrative and financial barriers?
• What about the processes of procurement, monitoring, and implementation of transparency policies?

• Claudia CENTURIÓN, Minister of Public Works and Communications, Paraguay
• Rafael José SABONGE VILAR, Minister of Public Works, Panamá
• Carolina BARBANTI, President of ANI, Colombia
• Horacio PFEIFFER, National Director of Highways, Chile
• Mosart DA SILVA AMARAL, State Secretary of Transportation of Alagoas, Brazil

Closing words

• Antonio SILVEIRA, Physical Infrastructure and Digital Transformation Manager, CAF


Session Organiser: CAF - Development Bank of Latin America and the Caribbean
Session Secretary: Hector VARELA, Transport Infrastructure Specialist, CAF