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.