Despite glaring gaps and years of debate, infrastructure investment has actually declined as a share of GDP in 11 of the G20 economies since the global financial crisis. Contributions focus on actions to bring previously untapped sources of public and private money to projects, recognizing the importance of financing bankable sustainable infrastructure projects.

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Today’s airports must evolve to meet growing demand, new technologies, updated security requirements, funding pressures and rising customer expectations. These forces will grow stronger, as will the complexity of projects and the public’s desire for transparency into performance. McKinsey leaders joined executives from some of North America’s busiest and largest airports to discuss major issues facing the sector today.

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Today’s airports must evolve to meet growing demand, new technologies, updated security requirements, funding pressures and rising customer expectations. These forces will grow stronger, as will the complexity of projects and the public’s desire for transparency into performance. McKinsey leaders joined executives from some of North America’s busiest and largest airports to discuss major issues facing the sector today.

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Karl Kuchel of Macquarie Infrastructure Partners believes the United States could become a much bigger market.

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The market for solar power is growing faster than ever, but profitability has been lagging. The keys to improvement are better capital and operational efficiency.

David Frankel and Dickon Pinner, McKinsey & Company

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America’s approach to planning, financing, building and maintaining public infrastructure is fragmented and inefficient. Here is how to improve it.

Michael Della Rocca, Tyler Duvall, and Rob Palter, McKinsey & Company

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Singapore shows how an effective housing program can promote social and political stability.

Wong Heang Fine, Surbana Jurong

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Tyler Duvall, Mike Kerlin, and Rob Palter, McKinsey & Company

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How and why Europe’s largest airport plans to manage a major expansion.

Emma Gilthorpe, Heathrow Airport

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Principal Sangeeth Ram presents the main ways government and the private sector can address the global affordable housing challenge.

Sangeeth Ram, McKinsey & Company

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Since 2012, the Global Infrastructure Initiative (GII) has convened industry leaders to identify ways to improve the delivery of new projects and get more out of existing assets. GII’s Innovation Site Visits expose a select group of global leaders to some of the most exciting advances in infrastructure from around the world. Here’s how it works.

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Careful planning and an eye on the future can help the cities that host them.

Bill Hanway, AECOM

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Improved rail connectivity could transform development opportunities—and the entire economy—in the United Kingdom.

Sir David Higgins, High Speed Two Ltd.

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Tony Hansen, Global Infrastructure Initiative

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Palava shows a future that may work.

Abhishek Lodha, Lodha Group; Subbu Narayanswamy, McKinsey & Company

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Institutional investors have been cautious when it comes to real estate. There is evidence, however, that the terms of engagement are changing.

Samvit Kanoria and Hasan Muzaffar, McKinsey & Company

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China Vanke executive Zhang Xu describes how his real-estate company has met the challenges of overseas expansion.

Guangyu Li, McKinsey & Company; Zhang Xu, China Vanke

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Lim Ming Yan, CapitaLand

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Engineering and construction firms suffer from low margins and relatively low productivity. Here is how to do better.

Jose Luis Blanco, Mauricio Janauskas, and Maria Joao Ribeirinho, McKinsey & Company

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The best projects provide, connect, and produce sustainable outcomes.

Craig Albert and Tam Nguyen, Bechtel Corporation

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Tian Jinchen, China's National Development and Reform Commission

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Fahd Al-Rasheed, King Abdullah Economic City

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How governments can encourage private-sector infrastructure investment.

Christopher Heathcote, Global Infrastructure Hub

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Lincoln Leong, MTR Corporation

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A former finance minister makes the case for openness and discusses “de-risking.”

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Aaron Bielenberg, Mike Kerlin, Jeremy Oppenheim, and Melissa Roberts, McKinsey & Company

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Building big infrastructure projects is always risky, but there are ways to improve the odds of a smooth landing.

Nicklas Garemo, Stefan Matzinger, and Robert Palter, McKinsey & Company

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A synopsis of the Global Infrastructure Initiative Philadelphia Roundtable, focusing on the airport passenger experience, airport and terminal privatization, and what US airports can do to accelerate redevelopment.

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Nicklas Garemo and Martin Hjerpe address how increasing infrastructure productivity can help save $1 trillion globally.

Nicklas Garemo and Martin Hjerpe, McKinsey & Company

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Carl-Stefan Neumann presents how big data and digitization can help improve a city’s infrastructure.

Carl-Stefan Neumann, McKinsey & Company

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MIT’s Carlo Ratti discusses how technology can enable cities to understand how people use infrastructures, to better meet the transportation needs of their citizens.

Carlo Ratti, MIT

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What makes a great city? Jonathan Woetzel explains that when it comes to cities, greatness is a pursuit, a pursuit of a better versions of themselves.

Jonathan Woetzel, McKinsey & Company

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The need for speed in delivering progress.

Bill Wiseman, McKinsey & Company

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The public appreciates the creation of great infrastructure—but the process is difficult.

Adrian Booth, McKinsey & Company

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Principal Sangeeth Ram presents the main ways government and the private sector can address the global affordable housing challenge.

Sangeeth Ram

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Infrastructure productivity can and should be much better. Here’s how to start improving.

Nicklas Garemo, Martin Hjerpe, and Jan Mischke, McKinsey & Company

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Privatizing government assets is just one way to improve fiscal health or invest in new infrastructure. To create value for the public, all options should be considered.

Robert Palter and Stuart Shilson, McKinsey

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US infrastructure is aging, while the population is growing. To improve the transportation system, argues the secretary of transportation, the United States needs more funding and less red tape.

Anthony Foxx, US secretary of transportation

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Spending money, not raising it, is the biggest problem when it comes to financing infrastructure.

Tyler Duvall, Alastair Green, and Mike Kerlin, McKinsey & Company

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Consulting stakeholders before digging makes for better, cheaper projects.

Isabel Dedring, Transport, London

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A synopsis of the Global Infrastructure Initiative New York Roundtable, examining some of the key challenges, opportunities, and real potential solutions to increase the pipeline of bankable projects in North America.

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In some of the most promising markets, supply of and demand for reliable energy has outpaced infrastructure. For discerning investors, the opportunity to fund energy infrastructure is significant.

Arif Naqvi, group chief executive, The Abraaj Group

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More sustainable financing, higher quality in urban projects, and new markets to soak up construction overcapacity will determine how the country writes the next chapter of its remarkable story.

Zuo Kun, executive vice president, China Development Bank Capital

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For institutional investors and government agencies, greenfield infrastructure projects are ripe with opportunity. By structuring them as public–private partnerships, both parties have better chance of meeting their individual goals.

Thierry Déau and Julien Touati,, Meridiam

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Matching up infrastructure projects and institutional investors is difficult. Better knowledge of how infrastructure assets will behave and new ways to monitor performance can help.

Frédéric Blanc-Brude, research director, EDHEC-Risk Institute

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Infrastructure leaders who are looking to win public support for new projects can learn from industries that understand their customers.

Dominic Maxwell, Julian Mills, and Stuart Shilson, McKinsey & Company

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