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The Future of Construction

In an industry characterized by a slow adoption of technological changes, this initiative explores the role that disruptive and innovative technologies, new business models and the unavoidable reduction of environmental impact will have in shaping the industry’s future. It will also provide a set of recommendations for engineering and construction companies to better navigate in such a challenging landscape. The initiative will span multiple sectors, including chemicals, information technology and telecommunications, as well as the infrastructure and urban development industries.

Global demand for infrastructure is estimated at about $4 trillion in annual expenditure and current investment peaks at $3 trillion, creating an infrastructure gap of $1 trillion a year. This initiative addresses the imbalance by developing frameworks and sharing best practices at the global and regional levels. It focuses on infrastructure development for economic corridors, which provide important access to and connections with economic nodes and essentially allow for new investment while creating new markets. The initiative will also contribute to the Global Infrastructure Investors Forum, which seeks to develop innovative financing and risk mitigation models for mobilizing private capital into infrastructure projects. Global insights captured through the initiative will be applied in selected country and regional deep dives.

Future of Urban Development & Services

Bringing together business leaders from the infrastructure, urban development, mobility, ICT, energy and health sectors, as well as government representatives and leading experts, this initiative identifies cities in regions around the world that are facing major urban development challenges. The goal is to help these cities transition towards a smarter, more sustainable future through new models of urban development and innovation.

Real Estate – Emerging Horizons

This initiative delves into the mechanisms of asset pricing to learn how to detect when and why bubbles emerge and how consequences can be mitigated. In its second year, the project will focus on effective and practical mitigation solutions. It will develop actionable recommendations as well as facilitate high-level multistakeholder discussions about how consequences of asset bubbles can be limited through innovative solutions.

Given that corruption is among the greatest obstacles to economic and social development, this initiative seeks to address opportunities that exist for industry-wide engagement on anti-corruption solutions that are mutually beneficial to traditional industry competitors and associated stakeholders. By fostering CEO and government collaboration to build a framework for open and transparent business practices, the initiative aims to tackle specific corruption risks, particularly in the infrastructure, engineering, construction and real estate sectors.

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