News from the Global Infrastructure Initiative—June 2017

June 2017

We hosted our fourth GII Summit in Singapore on May 24–26, 2017. 211 global infrastructure leaders joined us from across the value chain, sectors, and geographies.

Our agenda included discussions on rethinking the planning process, alternative funding frameworks, boosting construction, productivity, and cybersecurity. We were impressed by the quality of these discussions—and particularly by the concrete ideas and recommendations that participants shared.


Our 2017 GII Recap Report covers these insights in detail;
additionally, explore the Summit’s videos and photos.


Throughout the second half of the year, we have an exciting schedule of regional roundtables and innovation site visits lined up. In September, we will host a Johannesburg roundtable on reinventing construction, followed by a Stockholm roundtable on the future of mobility. Coinciding with the latter, we will visit Sweden’s two electric road system pilots, a bold initiative to explore low-carbon transportation. Then in November we will visit the $100 billion King Abdullah Economic City (KAEC) in Saudi Arabia. Participants will learn what the KAEC team is doing to keep this massive project moving and what it takes to commercialize a city, from concept to masterplan to delivery and sales. 

Looking ahead, in October 2018 our fifth GII Summit will take place in Europe for the first time. Over the coming months, we will determine the city and core themes. If you would like to weigh in on which European city should host the Summit and why, please reach out to us.

The forthcoming September edition of Voices will focus on navigating big disruptions in transportation. It will feature a fascinating selection of articles and interviews exploring how to steer through the volatile environment caused by demand and supply-side disruptions, changing mobility patterns, and new technologies.

We welcome your thoughts on Voices and, if you would like to sign up for GII events, please contact us at info@giiconnect.com. Enjoy the June edition of Voices.

Article

Standby agreements for major capital projects can help preserve relationships as well as shore up suppliers’ and contractors’ solvency during construction standstills.

David Metzger, Clifford Chance

Article

COVID-19 is a humanitarian challenge that will have lasting effects on how people live, work, and play. By acting today, real estate leaders can best serve end users and ensure their own viability.

Vaibhav Gujral, Robert Palter, Aditya Sanghvi, and Brian Vickery, McKinsey & Company

Article

Owners and contractors can protect both workers and project economics by embracing a more efficient approach to project execution.

Shu’aib Mahomed, Praveen Matta, Piotr Pikul, Filippo Rossi, and Samer Theodory, McKinsey & Company

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