Infrastructure investment and development is a top priority for governments globally. While rapid urbanization is putting pressure on emerging markets to develop critical new infrastructure, developed economies need to expand existing infrastructure due to aging assets and sustained underinvestment.
With global population expected to reach 8 billion by 2025, infrastructure investments are needed to supply sufficient water, roads, housing and power. Among the issues facing governments are:
- Aging infrastructure
- Predictions of future national transportation gridlock
- Soaring energy and water costs
Governments are also facing challenges in meeting their infrastructure obligations. Infrastructure projects are significant in size, scope, complexity, and in financing arrangements. They also bring increased public scrutiny and more demand for stakeholder engagement.
Governments need to find innovative ways of financing these investments. Engagement with the private sector through Public Private Partnerships (PPPs) and alternative procurement models can be effective.
The importance of PPPs has been highlighted by the recent United Nations plan to develop an international PPP centre. Achieving commonality across markets can facilitate capacity, competition and knowledge building and help relatively immature markets meet their infrastructure needs.
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We advise both public and private sector organizations that require support in developing and managing large scale infrastructure projects across a range of sectors. We also advise on the long-term operation of assets and the creation of high performing organizations.
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- Asia: the infrastructure challenge, Dynamics, July 2013
Asia's economic growth has been meteoric, but EY Global Infrastructure Leader, Bill Banks, acknowledges challenges remain around the region’s infrastructure needs.
- Infrastructure 2013: Global Priorities, Global Insights
Our 7th annual joint report with the Urban Land Institute examines the critical factors affecting infrastructure in emerging and developed economies.
- Partnering for infrastructure, Dynamics, December 2012
Bill Banks, our Global Infrastructure Leader, explains that governments need to work with other organizations in the private and development sectors to address the infrastructure challenge.
- Africa by numbers: assessing market attractiveness, November 2012
Our latest report profiles the 17 most popular African countries for investment. Bridging the infrastructure gap will be a key enabler of regional integration and growth.
- Rapid-growth markets forecast: Autumn 2012
Alongside more relaxed monetary and fiscal policies, large infrastructure investment programs are looming in China, India, Brazil, Indonesia and Colombia.
- Accelerating public private partnerships in India
This paper focuses on the progression of PPPs over the years, existing frameworks and challenges for PPPs in India and more.
- Infrastructure 2012: spotlight on leadership
China, India and Brazil continue moving ahead with ambitious infrastructure projects despite occasional challenges.
- Financing Australia's infrastructure needs
A number of regulatory, structural and political barriers must be removed before Australia's $1.3 trillion superannuation sector can play a larger role in financing the nation's infrastructure needs.
- Boosting private investment in infrastructure
Sponsored by EY, CEDA is holding a series of events that explore Australia's infrastructure challenges. Read a summary of the first event (pdf, 1mb).