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Making Infrastructure Rewarding

October 06, 2016 | 20:00 ET, 00:00 GMT

The need for sustainable and resilient infrastructure is enormous. Some 1.2 billion people in the world don't have access to electricity; At least 663 million people lack access to safe drinking water. About one billion people in low-income countries lack access to an all-weather road – cutting them off from basic health, education, trade, and employment opportunities: more than 4 billion people (60% of the global population, most in developing countries) do not have access to the internet – this is a significant opportunity gap for those without it. Much work is needed to make projects "investor ready" and to develop innovative frameworks to leverage private investment in order to mobilize the trillions of dollars needed to close the infrastructure gap.

This event is hosted by the Global Infrastructure Facility, a partnership among governments, multilateral development banks, private sector investors and financiers designed to provide a new way to collaborate on preparing, structuring and implementing complex projects. The seminar will feature high-level panelists who will provide their unique perspectives on the major challenges to and opportunities for developing a global pipeline of bankable infrastructure projects in emerging markets and developing economies by leveraging private capital.

Speakers

Executive Vice-President, Infrastructure, and President and Chief Executive Officer, CDPQ Infra

Minister of Finance, Nigeria

MSNBC anchor and co-anchor of Weekend TODAY on NBC

Citigroup, Managing Director, Head of Global Structured Debt

Minister of Finance, Canada

Managing Director and Chief Financial Officer, World Bank Group