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South Asia Regional Infrastructure Connectivity program - training component

Summary briefing for business

DFAT has a requirement for the provision of training and networking services as a component of the South Asia Regional Infrastructure Connectivity (SARIC) Program.

SARIC is an Australian Government funded $32 million initiative that commenced in early 2020 with principal components of:

  1. The identification of a pipeline of transport and energy projects that connect the economies of the South Asia region, to be financed by a mix of public and private financing and runs until 2024.
  2. The provision of short course training and networking opportunities for:
    1. Individuals from the public and private sector directly involved in the preparation and/or eventual delivery of the projects identified in (1) above; and
    2. Senior decision makers in the infrastructure sector, covering private and public sector officials, academics, and senior civil society members.

The training component ($10 million over four years) methodology will emphasise regional cooperation and networking both within South Asia and between South Asia and Australia. Course delivery may also provide opportunities for participants to engage with Australian private and public expertise and visit similar projects implemented in Australia.

The training component (value up to AUD 10 million) will provide support for the development and nurture of networks of professionals in the region made up of individuals who have participated in training, preferably anchored in an existing regional mechanism to assist longer term sustainability.

An expression of Interest (EOI) for the training component is expected to be released in early January 2021 via the AusTender website for a contract start date of mid-2021.


Investment concept note for SARIC [DOCX 80 KB]


This information is provided for planning purposes only and it does not represent solicitation or constitute a request for proposal, nor is it a commitment to tender for any services. The scale, scope and focus of any proposed program may change at any time and is subject to formal approval before any procurement process will commence. Should a procurement commence, implementation is expected to commence in July 2021. This information is subject to delays, revision or cancellations.

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