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Regional Infrastructure Systems

The Political Economy of Regional Infrastructure

Colin Turner

As the international economy globalises, there is a need for national infrastructure systems to adapt to form a global infrastructure system. This network of networks aids mobility between national systems as a means of supporting their territorial needs and preferences. This reflects a strategic approach to state infrastructuring as nations seek to utilise these physical systems to support and enhance their territoriality. Providing a thorough examination through the lens of economic infrastructure, the book addresses the forces of integration and fragmentation in global networks.
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Abbreviations

Colin Turner

ADB

Asian Development Bank

AfDB

African Development Bank

AfIS

African infrastructure system

AHN

Asian highway network

AIF

Asian Infrastructure Fund

AIIB

Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank

AIS

Asian infrastructure system

AmIS

Americas’ infrastructure system

AMU

Arab Maghreb Union

ANCOM

Andean Community

APEC

Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation

APG

ASEAN power grid

ASEAN

Association of South East Asian Nations

AU

African Union

Bcfd

billion cubic feet per day

CARICOM

Caribbean Community

CEC

Commission of the European Communities

CEF

Connecting Europe Facility

CEMZA

Common economic maritime zone of Africa

CEN-SAD

Community of Sahel-Saharan States

COMESA

Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa

DAE

Digital Agenda for Europe

EAC

East African Community

EAEU

Eurasian Economic Union

ECCAS

Economic Community of Central African States

ECOWAS

Economic Community of West African States

EIB

European Investment Bank

EIS

European infrastructure system

E-PENS

pan-European energy networks

EU

European Union

GCC

Gulf Co-operation Council

GDP

gross domestic product

ICA

Infrastructure Consortium for Africa

ICT

information and communication technology

IEA

International Energy Agency

IEM

Internal Energy Market

IGAD

Intergovernmental Authority on Development

IIRSA

Initiative for the Integration of the Regional Infrastructure of South America

IPE

international political economy

ITU

International Telecommunications Union

LAIA

Latin American Integration Agreement

LNG

liquefied natural gas

LPI

Logistics Performance Index (World Bank)

LSCI

Liner Shipping Connectivity Index (UNCTAD)

mb/d

million barrels per day

MDB

multilateral development bank

Mercosur

Mercado Común del Sur (Southern Common Market)

NAFTA

North American Free Trade Area

NIS

national infrastructure system

NRI

Network Readiness Index

OBOR

One Belt, One Road

PEN

pan-European network

PIDA

Programme for Infrastructure Development in Africa

REC

regional economic communities (Africa)

RIS

regional infrastructure system

SAARC

South Asian Association for Regional Co-operation

SADC

South African Development Community

SEM

Single European Market

SKRL

Singapore–Kunming rail link

SREB

Silk Road economic belt

TAGP

trans-ASEAN gas pipeline

TAH

trans-African highway

TAR

trans-African railway

TAZARA

Tanzania–Zambia Railway Authority

TEN

trans-European network

TENS-E

trans-European energy networks

TENS-T

trans-European transportation networks

T-PENS

pan-European transportation networks

UAE

United Arab Emirates

UNASUR

Union of South American Nations

UNECA

United Nations Economic Commission for Africa

UNECE

United Nations Economic Commission for Europe

UNECLAC

United Nations Economic Commission on Latin American Countries

WEF

World Economic Forum