Guests at the General Assembly included international financial institutions. In a special session, Chaim Poran from the US Millenium Challenge Corporation (MCC) explained how MCC had grant funded the M2 road with a ‘star rated’ design in Moldova, the first scheme of its kind to go to construction in Europe.

Representatives from MCC, the European Investment Bank, European Bank of Reconstruction and Development and the European Commission debated how improved infrastructure safety could be implemented in schemes funded by financial institutions.  The financial institutions insisted that they were willing to fund safer infrastructure but argued that governments were the clients and must ask for RAP assessments in their technical assistance (TA) packages.