The beginning of a new era for water infrastucture finance.
Around the world, governments and investors are driving landmark changes to the way water projects are financed, procured and operated as they look to shift more responsibility to the private sector, and are unveiling some of the biggest project and investment opportunities in water infrastructure for the coming decade.
The Global Water Summit will be the ideal forum to learn about these opportunities first-hand and reach the decision makers behind them. Meet the people and institutions offering access to the markets providing $100 billion of project investment opportunities, and hear from the utility leaders, technology suppliers, and innovators looking for partners to help them turn these opportunities into reality.
The pathway to financing water infrastructure is changing.
Governments and financial institutions are looking to combine their low-cost finance with larger volumes of private investment in infrastructure. They call it “Blended Finance” and it could be a game changer for the water sector, opening up new markets and project opportunities around the world.
This year, The Global Water Summit will feature a workshop and meetings run in partnership with the World Bank, exploring how to make blended finance work for the water sector. Find out more below:
Read Christopher Gasson’s columns for insights into the $100 billion of opportunities for water infrastructure presented at the Summit, and what blended finance could mean for water.
Executive Vice President, Water, Stantec
General Manager, Operations Services, Water Corporation in Wastern Australia
Managing Director, Abu Dhabi Sewerage Services Company (ADSSC), UAE
Senior Assistant General Manager – Water, Los Angeles Department of Water and Power
Mathieu de Kervenoael
Head of Global Strategy & Development, Treatment Infrastructure, Suez International
Bad procurement blights the water sector. It stifles innovation, creates combative relationships between customers and suppliers and in the long run significantly adds to the cost of owning infrastructure. There has got to be a better alternative. Proponents of four different models make the case for change:
- The Australian Alliance model
- The UK framework model
- US alternative project delivery
- Independent Water Projects in the UAE
Which one can deliver the most impressive innovation, low lifecycle costs and effective risk management? You decide.
Meet the architects of the world’s major water investment plans.
Attend tightly focused roundtables focused on mobilising public-private partnerships and blended finance, and unpacking investment trends and emerging opportunities within key markets. See the roundtable hosts and topics below:
What does the World Bank expect from blended finance?
Lead Water and Sanitation Specialist, World Bank, USA
With limited public funding available to meet the Sustainable Development Goals, finding ways of mobilising commercial finance and private investment is a priority for the World Bank. Lead water and sanitation specialist Joel Kolker is leading the Bank’s efforts to develop blended finance for water infrastructure.
What do investors expect from water in 2018?
Managing Director, RBC Capital Markets, USA
Money piled into specialist water funds last year, but overall the sector underperformed largely because of weakness in Europe. While confidence in pure play water technology stocks seems to be growing, the threat of higher interest rates casts a shadow over the investor owned utilities sector. There is no better person to explain the trends than Wall Street analyst Deane Dray of RBC Capital Markets.
How does the IFC invest to promote public private partnerships?
Senior Investment Officer, IFC, USA
The International Finance Corporation is the World Bank’s private sector development arm. It invests in both companies and projects to support public private partnerships in water, and it is looking to expand its impact.
What is KfW IPEX’s strategy in the global water market?
Project Manager, KfW Ipex, Germany
The German bilateral finance institution is a leading player in the Middle East project finance market already, and now it is expanding its portfolio to public private partnerships in the Americas and South Africa. Project manager Norbert Gasten outlines how KfW can help European developers build the market.
What will be the next big M&A deal in water?
Managing Partner, Amane Advisors
The last couple of years have seen a string of big deals consolidating the water technology and engineering sectors. Are we to expect more of the same, or are new trends emerging in the M&A market? Amane Advisors Managing Partner Thierry Noel explains.
What is China looking for in international M&As?
Managing Partner China, Amane Advisors
From 2015-2017, with more than 45 environmental related international M&A deals by Chinese companies worth 6.6 billion USD, the China policy and environmental market has grown and Chinese companies will continue to be on the lookout for good investments. Alex Zhang, Amane Advisors Partner in China, will explain what M&A targets Chinese companies are looking for and how these deals can be win-win.
What is the World Bank’s strategy for achieving SDG 6 in South Asia?
Lead Water and Sanitation Specialist, World Bank, India
South Asia is one of the most challenging regions of the world for financing water and sanitation, not least because of the very low tariffs which are the norm across the subcontinent. Smita Misra, the World Bank’s lead water and sanitation specialist for the region, explains how the Bank is working in the region.
What next for the Asia Infrastructure Investment Bank?
Senior Officer, Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, China
The AIIB has brought a Chinese dimension to the world of development finance. Senior officer Sylvester Hsu explains how its strategy for the water sector is developing.
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