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Development Finance Institutions: How can they best facilitate infrastructure investing?April 18, 2017 － Webinar
Multilateral Development Banks (MDBs) and other Development Finance Institutions (DFIs) exist to enable infrastructure investing but face shifting regulatory regimes that restrict the use of capital of commercial banks. MDBs and DFIs must take a more proactive role in assisting and working alongside investors and governments to bridge the investment gap. What is the appropriate role of these institutions? How can they assist in cross-border transactions? How useful is credit enhancement? How can infrastructure development institutions share information and work together toward common goals?
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The Role of Government in Infrastructure InvestingJuly 25, 2017 － Toronto, Canada
While progress has been made in aligning governments and investors for infrastructure investments, many on both sides are tentative to create further opportunities and deploy capital, particularly in emerging markets. With a lack of clear benchmarked data, coupled with added political risk, investors are at times wary of large, long-term investments. What steps can be taken to create further alignment? What can governments do to bring “bankable” projects to the table? How can the PPP model be improved? Should governments provide further sovereign guarantees?
Africa DialogueSeptember 19, 2017 － New York City, NY
Despite geopolitical uncertainties, the African continent is still expected to achieve an average real GDP growth of 3.5% in the coming decade, which makes it the second fastest-growing region in the world after Asia. However, this economic growth may soon overwhelm the existing infrastructure capacity. Infrastructure was highlighted as one of the top investment priorities at last year’s 71st UN General Assembly as well as this year’s G20 Compact with Africa. The huge funding gap is an open invitation to private sector participation, particularly from foreign institutional capital with long time horizons. Can Africa follow Asia’s footsteps and become a destination of viable infrastructure investment opportunities for mainstream institutional investors? What are the hurdles along the way?