The market for infrastructure finance is evolving at a rapid pace. The requirement for trillions of dollars in the coming years is forging a dynamic funding landscape that offers more diverse and flexible approaches to investors. Traditional debt, equity and blended finance options are being reimagined, and advanced structures are emerging influenced by changing risk appetites, yield expectations, and environmental, social and governance factors. As infrastructure grows as an asset class, new innovations and strategies will be developed, presenting both opportunities and complexities. What are the next steps to build on progress already made, and to continue to deepen markets, manage liquidity and provide a wide range of options as demanded by stakeholders?
The 3rd FT-AIIB Summit will explore how this high potential market can expand further. This year’s event takes place in Jakarta and will bring together policy makers, investors, financiers and developers to work together on enhancing the regulatory and structural environment needed to foster creativity in infrastructure finance.
Chaired by senior FT journalists, our agenda will explore how financiers are thinking outside the box, providing the new structures, transactions and solutions needed to attract private capital into infrastructure. Investors will share their priorities as regards risk, returns and tenor, as they look to capitalise on the value of infrastructure investment. As the global economy shifts, discussion will focus on progress being made to accelerate capital markets development across Asia to feed investor appetite and provide alternative funding sources. Speakers will also analyse the prospects for asset securitisation, and the innovations and challenges of ESG integration into the infrastructure investment process.
Special focus will be given to the current infrastructure expansion underway in Indonesia. Led by President Joko Widodo, the country is in the midst of a multi-billion dollar infrastructure spending drive to boost economic growth. A new capital city is planned, and with projects including roads, railways, bridges, power stations and more, the opportunities for investment are significant. But challenges remain which continue to impact on investor confidence in the market. Our speakers, including senior Government representatives, will focus on the steps being taken to enhance the environment and bankability of projects.
This year’s FT-AIIB Summit will once again connect all the stakeholders involved in infrastructure in Asia to share knowledge and plan the future direction of the finance markets in this sector.