News from the Global Infrastructure Initiative—January 2021

January 2021

Thank you for reading this January 2021 edition of Voices, a collection of insights on restarting economies with infrastructure investment. The economic and health impacts of COVID-19 have stretched the resilience of our physical and social infrastructure to the limit. As we reset amid the pandemic, governments are evaluating where best to spend money to restart their economies. Historically, infrastructure spending has proven to be a good source of economic stimulus—but there is no silver bullet. In this issue, we explore the role of infrastructure investment in supporting economic recovery and the tangible actions required to ensure that we rebuild better and more equitably. 

More than 350 C-suite leaders from across sectors and geographies have signed up to attend our seventh GII Summit, taking place virtually in Montréal April 6–8, 2021. Our theme will be the project of the future, delving into how infrastructure and capital projects must evolve to tackle emerging challenges and seize opportunities during a post-COVID-19 recovery. We anticipate reaching capacity soon and encourage those invited to secure their place. For more details on the agenda and participants, please visit our Summit page.

Our GII virtual roundtables resumed in the fourth quarter with a Paris event on the next normal in construction, a North America event on reimagining transport infrastructure for resilience, and a UK event on reimagining the UK’s transit infrastructure. Throughout 2021, we will continue with our virtual roundtables and site visits, transitioning to in-person events as soon as it is considered safe. Please visit our roundtables and innovation site visits pages for recaps of past events and details on forthcoming events.

Starting in the second quarter of 2021, we plan to move Voices to shorter, monthly editions to enable us to stay in more frequent contact with our audience. Our format of concise, actionable-themed insights will continue, but the increased cadence will give us the benefit of covering more themes over the year. We hope you enjoy this issue, and we welcome your thoughts on any of our GII programs. If you have comments or would like to subscribe a colleague to Voices, please contact us at


Tony Hansen, Global Infrastructure Initiative


Demand for electric vehicles is soon expected to outpace the ramp-up of battery cell production. Accelerating the build-out of battery cell gigafactories can help the industry stay on course.

Jakob Fleischmann, Dorothee Herring, Friederike Liebach, and Martin Linder, McKinsey & Company


Martin Linder and Florian Nägele, McKinsey & Company

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