Partnerships for the future: Reimagining Infrastructure

The inaugural Asia Infrastructure Forum (AIF) will bring together key stakeholders to share their expertise on the most effective and practical strategies to mobilise the capital and promote the innovation that will deliver high quality, sustainable and resilient infrastructure that Asia needs for the future – and discuss how partnerships can be re-energised across the region to turn ideas into reality, from inception to completion.

With growing populations and economies, demand for infrastructure in Asia continues to be significant. Governments will need to leverage public funds to mobilize commercial investments to bridge the infrastructure gap but money is not enough. 

Delivering infrastructure of tomorrow requires new approaches, innovative technology and effective collaboration between policymakers, sector agencies, financiers, and investors to fund and deliver projects to yielding financial and non-financial returns for all stakeholders. The aim however is no longer just to build more roads, water supplies, bridges, ports and power plants. The planning, financing and delivery of the next generation of projects are being transformed with a focus on designing and building resilient infrastructure that incorporates innovative technology to drive economic and social development. Infrastructure is being reimagined, and the partnerships needed to move it to the next level in Asia will have to be strengthened accordingly.

The AIF is co-organised by Enterprise Singapore, Infrastructure Asia, Ministry of Finance Singapore and Monetary Authority of Singapore, with World Bank Group as Strategic Partner, Financial Times as Conference Partner, and Singapore Business Federation as Supporting Partner. The forum is designed to build on the success and take forward the agendas of two of the region’s most important industry events – the Asia-Singapore Infrastructure Roundtable and the World Bank-Singapore Infrastructure Finance Summit.

Speakers include Government Ministers, large asset owners, leading private investors and fund managers, MDBs, developers, technology innovators, key advisors and more. AIF will feature in-depth debate on the latest developments around finance, sustainable infrastructure and the impact of new technology before drilling more deeply into specific sectors, including energy, cities and transport, with case studies showcasing ground-breaking projects, advanced technologies and emerging funding structures. Another key feature will be the “Marketplace”, a networking platform for leaders in infrastructure to pitch their ideas, projects or solutions to stakeholders across the value chain.

The AIF will become a major platform for generating innovation and partnerships that will deliver the next generation of infrastructure in Asia and help provide a sustainable, resilient future for the region.

Connect

Meet infrastructure stakeholders including developers, financiers, investors, multilaterals, technical and engineering service providers, and more to identify addressable infrastructure projects in Asia together.

Learn

Tap on the expertise of professionals from different sectors to fill knowledge gaps. Identify the key good-fitting solutions which can help to advance infrastructure projects in the region.

Collaborate

Meet the best partners to mobilise finance and advances marginally bankable infrastructure projects in the region to bankable ones
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Day One: Wednesday 2 October 2019

  • 08:00
    Registration and refreshments
  • 09:00
    Welcome remarks

    Speakers

    Png Cheong Boon, Chief Executive Officer, Enterprise Singapore

    Jyoti Shukla, Director, Singapore Infrastructure and Urban development Hub, World Bank Group

  • 09:10
    Keynote address
    Indranee Rajah, Minister, Prime Minister’s Office; Second Minister for Finance; Second Minister for Education, Republic of Singapore
  • 09:20
    MOU signings
  • 09:40
    Leaders panel: Strengthening partnerships to drive Asia’s infrastructure vision
    How Asia’s infrastructure is planned, financed and delivered in the next decade will redefine the economic and social development of the whole region. The next generation of projects will require effective collaboration across the entire infrastructure ecosystem not only to secure essential funding but also to harness emerging technological innovations, while keeping a firm focus on sustainability. What steps should be taken to increase the engagement needed between all partners to move infrastructure to the next level? How can the infrastructure network leverage its expertise to build capacity in markets with the greatest infrastructure need, and what role do regional blocs like ASEAN play in facilitating intra-regional cooperation? What role can MDBs and DFI’s play as intermediaries in re-energising infrastructure partnerships to the benefit of all stakeholders.
  • 10:30
    Networking break
  • 11:00
    Investors’ and Financiers’ Leaders’ Panel: New alliances and innovative approaches to infrastructure funding

    Evolving credit conditions, shifting interest rates, currency fluctuations, and a greater focus on sustainable long-term investment are impacting capital flows into infrastructure, prompting Governments, MDBs and project sponsors to think outside the box and develop new approaches to funding. What are the implications for sovereign debt issuance, and the use of local currency markets to raise funds? Can more be done to strengthen the project and regulatory environment for public-private-partnerships to flourish across the region? Is there appetite for the deepening of a secondary market to trade and refinance infrastructure investments, and how can this be developed further? Is now the right time for Governments to look to securitisation to free up capital for recycling? What is the potential for blended finance approaches to “crowd in” a broader universe of investors seeking long-term returns?

    Speakers

    Ang Eng Seng, Chief Investment Officer, Infrastructure, GIC

  • 11:50
    Keynote: Infrastructure for the future - the challenge of resilience
    Infrastructure is about more than money, bricks and mortar. It has the power to transform lives, particularly in emerging countries. The funding requirements are clear – but what are the wider objectives? What kind of future are we aiming to deliver as we look to plan the infrastructure of the future, and what are the key challenges ahead? With so many competing interests, how can Governments balance investor, sponsor and financier expectations, with the long-term needs of the wider economy, in a world of diminishing natural resources?
  • 12:10
    Panel discussion: From policy to practice – delivering sustainable, resilient infrastructure
    Simply building more roads, water supplies, bridges and power plans is no longer enough. The next generation of infrastructure, influenced by growing populations, urbanization, climate change and decreasing natural resources, requires a new way of thinking to ensure it is both resilient and sustainable both now and for the long-term.

    How can this be achieved across Asia, a region which emits more than half of all global greenhouse gases, and is prone to extreme weather events? How can national and regional priorities and strategies be aligned to achieve climate resilient infrastructure and renewable efficient energy sources? What progress is being made in utilising emerging technologies and solutions in transport, energy, ICT and water systems? To what extent should policy makers be thinking ‘smart’ rather than ‘more’ and looking to maintain and improve existing infrastructure rather than new developments? What role should MDBs and DFI’s play in supporting sustainable and resilient infrastructure development?
  • 13:00
    Lunch
  • 14:10
    Insights: Tomorrow’s Innovation Today - what will the next generation of infrastructure look like?

    Technology is transforming infrastructure from being labour intensive, predictable and engineer-driven. Disruptive, break-through innovations are opening up new opportunities in the planning, design and delivery of capital projects across the infrastructure eco-system. As advances continue at pace, which technologies, from drones and 3d printing, to artificial intelligence and autonomous vehicles, will prove game-changers for this industry? How open is the sector to adopting and mainstreaming digital developments and how will they impact on project costs and efficiencies? How far can this go - is a ‘human-less’ construction site possible in the future?

  • 14:50
    Panel discussion: Powering Asia - which trends will dominate in the next decade?

    Demand for energy in Asia is on the increase, thanks to rising populations and increased industrialisation. Alongside this is a growing pressure to decarbonize power sources and enable new technologies. How will supply and demand for electricity be met in the next 10 years? How close are we, in reality, to grid parity and can renewable energies – solar, wind, hydro etc – and advances in energy storage cost effectively replace fossil fuel sources? To what extent are commercial banks making the shift away from funding traditional energy projects, eg. thermal power plants, towards greener developments? Are revised policy and commercial structures required to encourage a great region wide adoption of renewables?

    Speakers

    Assaad Razzouk, Group Chief Executive Officer, Sindicatum Renewable Energy

  • 15:30
    Networking break
  • 15:50
    Streams

    Stream A: Smart Cities that deliver now and for the future

    15.50 - Panel: Designing bankable infrastructure projects that effectively address current and future urban challenges

    16:30 - Country case study

     

    Stream B: Towards an integrated transport infrastructure across Asia

    15:50 - Discussion: Financing an integrated, connected transportation infrastructure across Asia

    16:30 - Country case study

  • 17:00
    Concluding remarks: Next steps and action points
    A summary of the day’s discussions and outline key take-aways and action points for all stakeholders, including concrete steps that could be taken to build capacity and mobilise financing in the year ahead. These action points will be reviewed at the next AIF in 2020
  • 17:20
    Networking cocktail reception

Day Two: Thursday 3 October 2019

Highlights of Day 2 are the Infrastructure Market Place and site visits.

The Infrastructure Market Place will provide in-depth insights into Asia’s infrastructure market. Sessions will focus on new projects emerging in the pipeline, technologies and solutions being applied to developments, and funding mechanisms being adopted. Speakers will include financers, developers, innovators and entrepreneurs at the leading edge of infrastructure development. Attendees will have the opportunity to connect with potential project partners, financiers and solution providers to build partnerships and further collaboration.

  • 08:30
    Refreshments
  • 09:00
    Opening keynote: InfraTech – a gamechanger for the infrastructure industry?
  • 09:15
    Insights on the latest developments and additions to regional project pipelines
  • 10:15
    Networking break
  • 10:45
    Showcasing innovative technologies and solutions for infrastructure
  • 11:30
    Financing infrastructure panel: Matching funding with projects
  • 12:45
    Networking lunch

Site visits

Stay tuned, registrations for site visits will open soon.

Marina Bay Sands District Cooling

Marina Bay Sands District Cooling
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Marina Bay Sands District Cooling

Marina Bay Sands District Cooling

Marina Bay Sands District Cooling

Marina Bay Sands District Cooling

Distinguished Speakers

Speakers are to be confirmed

Minister Indranee Rajah

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office, Second Minister for Finance and Education

Min Indranee

Ms Indranee Rajah is the Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office and Second Minister for Finance and Education.

She co-chairs the Modern Services Workstream under the Future Economy Council and provides Ministerial oversight of Infrastructure Asia.

She was in practice as a lawyer and Senior Counsel before joining Government. Under her law portfolio from 2012 – 2018, she co-chaired the Committees on Family Justice, the formation of the Singapore International Commercial Court as well as the Committee to Strengthen Singapore as an International Centre for Debt Restructuring. She also helmed the Steering Committee on the strategic direction of Singapore’s third law school at UniSIM.

Under her MOF portfolio, Ms Rajah co-chaired the Working Group on Legal and Accounting Services, a sub-committee of the 2016 Committee on the Future Economy, the recommendations of which are aimed at transforming the legal and accounting industries in Singapore and catalysing the internationalisation of such professional services.

Min Indranee

Minister Indranee Rajah

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office, Second Minister for Finance and Education
Min Indranee

Minister Indranee Rajah

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office, Second Minister for Finance and Education

General Speakers

Speakers are to be confirmed

Enterprise Singapore

Co-organisers

ESG

Enterprise Singapore is the government agency championing enterprise development. The agency works with committed companies to build capabilities, innovate and internationalise.

It also supports the growth of Singapore as a hub for global trading and startups, and builds trust in Singapore’s products and services through quality and standards.

Visit www.enterprisesg.gov.sg for more information.

Infrastructure Asia

Co-organisers

IA
Infrastructure Asia supports Asia’s social and economic growth through infrastructure development.
The organisation match-make organisations that are domain experts in their respective fields with regional governments, firms and multilateral development banks. At the same time, it brings various industry stakeholders across the value chain together to explore project opportunities in Asia.

Infrastructure Asia is set up by Enterprise Singapore and the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS).

Monetary Authority of Singapore

Co-organisers

MAS
The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) is Singapore’s central bank and integrated financial regulator. As central bank, MAS promotes sustained, non-inflationary economic growth through the conduct of monetary policy and close macroeconomic surveillance and analysis. It manages Singapore’s exchange rate, official foreign reserves, and liquidity in the banking sector. As an integrated financial supervisor, MAS fosters a sound financial services sector through its prudential oversight of all financial institutions in Singapore – banks, insurers, capital market intermediaries, financial advisors, and stock exchanges. It is also responsible for well-functioning financial markets, sound conduct, and investor education. MAS also works with the financial industry to promote Singapore as a dynamic international financial centre. It facilitates the development of infrastructure, adoption of technology, and upgrading of skills in the financial industry.

Ministry of Finance

Co-organisers

MOF

The Ministry of Finance aims to advance the well-being and development of Singapore through Finance. The Ministry strives to achieve a balanced budget through prudent and sustainable fiscal policies, foster a regulatory environment conducive to business and enterprise, ensure prudent investment of the Government's reserves and other public funds, and sets policies for government procurement, customs regulation, accounting standards and business regulation.

We achieve this together with our departments (Accountant-General’s Department, Singapore Customs and Vital), and statutory boards/bodies (Accounting & Corporate Regulatory Authority, Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore, Tote Board and Singapore Accountancy Commission).

For more information, please visit www.mof.gov.sg

Follow MOF on facebook.com/MOFsg and twitter.com/MOFsg

ESG

Enterprise Singapore

Co-organisers
IA

Infrastructure Asia

Co-organisers
MAS

Monetary Authority of Singapore

Co-organisers
MOF

Ministry of Finance

Co-organisers
ESG

Enterprise Singapore

Co-organisers
IA

Infrastructure Asia

Co-organisers
MAS

Monetary Authority of Singapore

Co-organisers
MOF

Ministry of Finance

Co-organisers

World Bank Group

Strategic Partner

World Bank Group

Established in 1944, the World Bank Group consists of five organizations: the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD), the International Development Association (IDA), the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA) and the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID). The first two, IBRD and IDA, together make up the World Bank, which is a vital source of financial and technical assistance to developing countries around the world.

The World Bank Group has set two goals for the world to achieve by 2030: End extreme poverty by decreasing the percentage of people living on less than $1.90 a day to no more than 3%; promote shared prosperity by fostering the income growth of the bottom 40% for every country. In its 2018 fiscal year, the Bank Group’s commitments to developing countries hit nearly $64 billion.

The World Bank Group is headquartered in Washington, D.C. with more than 120 offices worldwide. For more information please visit https://www.worldbank.org/.

World Bank Group

World Bank Group

Strategic Partner
World Bank Group

World Bank Group

Strategic Partner

Singapore Business Federation

Supporting partner

SBF

Established on 1 April 2002, the Singapore Business Federation (SBF) is the apex business chamber championing the interests of the Singapore business community. With 25,800 member companies, SBF’s focus is to sense, prioritise, analyse and help resolve burning issues facing significant segments of businesses. All Singapore-registered companies with a share capital of S$0.5 million and above are members of SBF.

As the bridge between the Singapore business community and the Government, SBF advocates firmly on behalf of businesses and our workforce, as well as at international settings, to promote the growth and vibrancy of our business community, contributing to the prosperity of Singapore.

The Federation works closely with key local and foreign business chambers, and has inaugurated the Trade Association & Chamber (TAC) Alliance to be a better enabler for the business community.

For more information, please visit our website www.sbf.org.sg

SBF

Singapore Business Federation

Supporting partner
SBF

Singapore Business Federation

Supporting partner

Financial Times

Conference Partner

Financial Times

The Financial Times is one of the world’s leading business news organisations, recognised internationally for its authority, integrity and accuracy. The FT has a record paying readership of one million, three-quarters of which are digital subscriptions. It is part of Nikkei Inc., which provides a broad range of information, news and services for the global business community.

Financial Times Live (FT Live) is the global conferences and events division of the Financial Times Group. Chaired by senior journalists from the Financial Times Group, the summits, conferences, awards and strategic forums organised by FT Live gather the world’s brightest minds and most influential decision-makers. Exclusive on-stage interviews, stimulating presentations and lively panel debates – available on multiple content platforms – provide the cutting-edge insights, unique personalities and peer audience engagement that have the power to transform finance, business, politics, society and culture.

Financial Times

Financial Times

Conference Partner
Financial Times

Financial Times

Conference Partner

Sponsors

Platinum (Sponsors to be confirmed)

Gold (Sponsors to be confirmed)

Silver (Sponsors to be confirmed)

Venue
Marina Bay Sands Expo and Convention Centre
Hibiscus and Jasmine Ballroom, Level 3.

 

Address
10 Bayfront Avenue
Singapore 018956

 

Nearest MRT Station
Bayfront MRT (CE1/DT16)
Exit E(2 minute walk)

 

 

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It had eight runs and since its inauguration, it has attracted more than 1600 industry practitioners, with over US$8 billion worth of projects discussed.

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World Bank - Singapore Infrastructure Finance Summit

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The World Bank-Singapore Infrastructure Finance Summit is an annual event organised by the World Bank Group, the Government of Singapore, and the Financial Times. The Summit is a direct response to the need for greater coordination amongst host governments, private sector players and multilateral agencies to bridge the infrastructure investment gap in Asia. It provides a forum where policymakers, industry leaders, and private sector practitioners from across the globe can discuss opportunities, address challenges and showcase new developments and initiatives in infrastructure financing.

Over the years, the Summit has discussed a variety of topics such as Connectivity and Sustainability in an Era of Volatile Markets and Disruptive Technologies, Finding New Ways to Mobilise Private Capital in Southeast Asia, among others. The Summit has gone from strength to strength each year, and helped pave the way for the many infrastructure-themed events across the region.

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Date
2 October - 3 October 2019

Location
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Singapore

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