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Global Infrastructure Report 2019

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  • Opportunities from China's BRI

    Labelled as one of the largest undertakings in modern times, China’s ambitious Belt & Road Initiative has drawn a large crowd of supporters for the opportunities and potential benefits that it presents. By James Su, infrastructure analyst, Fitch Solutions.

  • Gordie Howe – An international P3

    In Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s first term it was identified that the Windsor-Detroit border corridor between the United States and Canada, the busiest road trading portal between the two countries, was not adequate to cope with future growth in trade and communication between Canada and the United States. As a result, the concept of a mega border crossing between Detroit and Michigan was made a priority. By Brian Kelsall and Thomas Barlow, partners in

  • USP for unsolicited Asian USPs

    In the past 18 to 24 months, in the context of greenfield or even brownfield redevelopment infrastructure projects, a number of markets in Asia have seen a rise in the number of unsolicited proposals being submitted to relevant government entities. By James Harris, partner, and Benedict Tse, solicitor, Pinsent Masons.

  • Revival of the Belgian PPP market

    The Belgian PPP sector has changed direction. Following years of setbacks linked to project structuring problems, a new wave of PPPs is approaching the market based on a redefined risk allocation model. By Dennis Jong, director at DIF, Valentijn De Boe, counsel, andKoen Panis, partner, at Loyens & Loeff.

  • Brazil’s privatisation push

    Brazil’s infrastructure is being offered to the private sector in an unprecedented way. Project finance will play an important role. By Nic Stone.

  • Romania – Light and shadows

    Romania has a 2018–2020 governing programme that recognises the development of infrastructure of all types as a second-to-none policy focus. Its 2019 National Reform Programme includes a number of priority actions that would be conducive of growth in combination with commercially focused institutional assistance to businesses and a true partnership between the public and private sectors. ByAdriana Gaspar, Nestor Nestor Diculescu Kingston Petersen (NNDKP).

  • Belgrade Airport – PPP takes flight

    The financial closure of the Nikola Tesla Airport in Belgrade by France’s Vinci was the culmination of nearly three years of planning, preparation and tendering. The nearly €1bn deal should provide hope, and a template, to future PPP projects in the Balkan state. By Peter Collins.

  • Paraguay – On the road again

    Government payments backing highway works have helped deliver Paraguay’s first major project financing. An in-depth profile of the Corredor Bioceanico deal shows exactly how. By Nic Stone.

  • Shuqaiq IWP – Cutting-edge desal

    Desalination has long suffered a reputation for high cost and high energy intensity but today, Saudi Arabia, one of the most oil-rich and water-scarce countries, is leading the charge on a vision for more cost-effective and less carbon-intensive seawater desalination via a private sector water programme focusing on reverse osmosis, in a radical shift from traditional thermal desalination. By Richa Prasad, partner, and Meishi Tan, senior associate, Cranmore Part

  • Mega projects and mega problems

    Mega Australian infrastructure projects are consistently running over budget, with large contractors such as Lend Lease running into trouble as successful bids based on tight margins become loss-making. By John Arbouw.

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