News from the Global Infrastructure Initiative—December 2016

December 2016

Thank you for the constructive feedback on the October edition of Voices on Infrastructure. We are encouraged that our readers are so willing to embrace innovative practices and technologies to tackle the many challenges facing the engineering and construction sectors. 

This year, we have hosted more than 350 infrastructure leaders from 40-plus countries at 13 Global Infrastructure Initiative (GII)  roundtables and site visits. Topics have included rethinking construction, the future of airports, digital strategies in infrastructure, optimizing real estate, financing sustainable infrastructure, congestion relief, megaproject delivery, and housing affordability. Reports from these events are on our website. We encourage you to look at this video featuring some of the greatest advances in infrastructure and capital projects from around the world. 

Momentum is building for the fourth GII Summit, to take place in Singapore, May 24–26, 2017. A diverse and influential group of global leaders have confirmed their participation, and there are only 50 places left. In addition to addressing the most relevant and challenging issues, the summit will also feature sector-specific workshops, including one on real estate—the theme of this edition of Voices. 

At GII events, we place a premium on dialogue and problem solving. Our goal is for participants to share the latest data, best practices, and innovative approaches that can be used to plan, finance, build, and operate infrastructure. Voices, the GII’s quarterly digital publication, allows us to share these insights with a broader audience.  

Our next edition of Voices, scheduled for March 2017, will focus on project development and financing. If you would like to let us know what you think of Voices, sign up for GII events, or receive more information, please contact us at


Industry leaders weigh in on what infrastructure stimulus investments governments may want to prioritize in the near term as they consider economic recovery.

Sir Danny Alexander, AIIB; Sir John Armitt, National Infrastructure Commission; Makhtar Diop, World Bank; and Catherine McKenna, Government of Canada


Leaders must tackle increasingly complex economic, social, and environmental challenges to ensure cities stay competitive. Harnessing new technologies can help.

Rohit T. Aggarwala and Joshua Sirefman, Sidewalk Labs


As the pandemic causes supply to outpace demand in tendering, project owners must adjust their approaches to consider new risks—and make the shifts the industry needs to move forward.

Jim Banaszak, Corey Hopper, and Garo Hovnanian, McKinsey & Company

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