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Shaping the Future of Long-term Investing, Infrastructure and Development

How can the world sustainably close the $1 trillion infrastructure investment gap?

Short political cycles, short-term investment horizons, and a lack of viable financing structures and risk assessment frameworks mean that infrastructure and development lacks investment. There is currently a $1 trillion annual shortfall versus a $4 trillion demand for infrastructure alone. Closing these gaps is paramount if the world is to stay on a path to inclusive economic growth and recovery.

The World Economic Forum’s System Initiative on Shaping the Future of Long-Term Investing, Infrastructure and Development seeks to provide a more strategic dialogue that allows policy-makers to express their long-term vision for infrastructure and development, the benefits this would bring to society, and how to share those fairly with investors. Specifically, it aims to: help governments and regions streamline/ accelerate infrastructure project pipelines; address key gaps that currently prevent institutional investors from engaging more fully in infrastructure; provide a multistakeholder platform for parties involved in infrastructure investment to help capture the full transformational potential of megaprojects; provide a platform for blended finance practitioners to mobilize $100 billion of investment by 2021; examine how emerging capital markets development can be accelerated and build public-private partnerships on the national level to share best practices and visions for development

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