Asia Infrastructure Forum (AIF) 2019

2 - 3 Oct, 2019
Hibiscus and Jasmine Ballroom, Level 3, Marina Bay Sands Expo & Convention Centre 10 Bayfront Avenue, Singapore

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The Asia Infrastructure Forum (AIF) combines two premier industry events: the Asia-Singapore Infrastructure Roundtable and the World Bank-Singapore Infrastructure Finance Summit.

A nexus for best-in-class ideas, market insights and solutions, AIF is the foremost platform for dialogue among key players on current infrastructure issues and trends. Such players include regional governments and policymakers, equity and debt financiers, professional services providers and key stakeholders.

The theme for the inaugural AIF is Partnerships for the Future: Reimagining Infrastructure.

AIF focuses on strengthening partnerships, which are crucial to mobilise private capital and promote innovative approaches towards quality, sustainable and resilient infrastructure that Asia needs now and for the future.

Join us for two days of dialogue and networking sessions with top tier industry leaders.

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8:00 Registration and refreshments 
9:00 Welcome remarks 

 Keynote address
Indranee Rajah, Minister, Prime Minister’s Office;
Second Minister for Finance and Education, Republic of Singapore
9:25 MOU Signings 

 Leaders Panel: Strengthening partnerships to drive Asia’s infrastructure vision
How Asia’s infrastructure is planned, financed and delivered in the next decade will redefine the economic and social development of the whole region. The next generation of projects will require effective collaboration across the entire infrastructure ecosystem to not only secure essential funding, but also harness emerging technological innovations while keeping a firm focus on sustainability.

What steps should be taken next to move infrastructure to the next level? How can the infrastructure network leverage its expertise to build capacity in markets with the greatest infrastructure need? What role do regional blocs like ASEAN play in facilitating intra-regional cooperation? What role can MDBs and DFIs play as intermediaries in re-energising infrastructure partnerships to the benefit of all stakeholders?
10:30 Networking break 

 Investors’ and Financiers’ Panel: New alliances and innovative approaches to infrastructure funding
Evolving credit conditions, shifting interest rates, currency fluctuations, and a greater focus on sustainable long-term investment are impacting capital flows into infrastructure, prompting Governments, MDBs and project sponsors to think outside the box and develop new approaches to funding.

What are the implications for sovereign debt issuance, and the use of local currency markets to raise funds? Can more be done to strengthen the project and regulatory environment for public-private-partnerships to flourish across the region? Is there appetite for the deepening of a secondary market to trade and refinance infrastructure investments, and how can this be developed further? Is now the right time for Governments to look to securitisation to free up capital for recycling?  What is the potential for blended finance approaches to “crowd in” a broader universe of investors seeking long-term returns?


Ang Eng Seng, Chief Investment Officer, Infrastructure, GIC

 Keynote: Infrastructure for the future: the challenge of resilience
Infrastructure is about more than money, bricks and mortar. It has the power to transform lives, particularly in emerging countries. The funding requirements are clear – but what are the wider objectives? What kind of future are we aiming to deliver as we look to plan the infrastructure of the future, and what are the key challenges ahead?  With so many competing interests, how can Governments balance investor, sponsor and financier expectations, with the long-term needs of the wider economy, in a world of diminishing natural resources? 

 Panel discussion: From policy to practice – delivering sustainable, resilient infrastructure
Simply building more roads, water supplies, bridges and power plans is no longer enough. The next generation of infrastructure, influenced by growing populations, urbanization, climate change and decreasing natural resources, requires a new way of thinking to ensure it is both resilient and sustainable both now and for the long-term.

How can this be achieved across Asia, a region which emits more than half of all global greenhouse gases, and is prone to extreme weather events? How can national and regional priorities and strategies be aligned to achieve climate resilient infrastructure and efficient energy sources – can the Belt and Road initiative be used as a guide? What progress is being made in utilising emerging technologies and solutions in transport, energy, ICT and water systems? To what extent should policy makers be thinking ‘smart’ rather than ‘more’ and looking to maintain and improve existing infrastructure rather than new developments? What role should MDBs and DFIs play in supporting sustainable and resilient infrastructure development?


Paul Carrett, Group Chief Investment Officer, FWD Group
13:00 Lunch 

 Insights: Tomorrow’s Innovation Today -- what will the next generation of infrastructure look like?
Technology is transforming infrastructure from being labour intensive, predictable and engineer-driven. Disruptive, break-through innovations are opening up new opportunities in the planning, design and delivery of capital projects across the infrastructure eco-system. As advances continue at pace, which technologies, from drones and 3D printing, to artificial intelligence and autonomous vehicles, will prove game-changers for this industry? How open is the sector to adopting and mainstreaming digital developments and how will they impact on project costs and efficiencies? How far can this go - is a ‘human-less’ construction site possible in the future?

 Panel discussion: Powering Asia - Which trends will dominate in the next decade?
Demand for energy in Asia is on the increase, thanks to rising populations and increased industrialisation.  Alongside this is a growing pressure to decarbonize power sources and enable new technologies. How will supply and demand for electricity be met in the next 10 years? How close are we, in reality, to grid parity and can renewable energies – solar, wind, hydro etc – and advances in energy storage cost-effectively replace fossil fuel sources? To what extent are commercial banks making the shift away from funding traditional energy projects, e.g. thermal power plants, towards greener developments? Are revised policy and commercial structures required to encourage a great region-wide adoption of renewables?

Assaad RazzoukChairman and CEO, Sindicatum Renewable Energy
Sunil GuptaRegional Head of Southeast Asia & South Asia, Vena Energy
Networking break
  Stream A: Smart Cities
that deliver now and for the future
 Stream B: Towards an integrated transport infrastructure across Asia 

 Panel: Designing bankable infrastructure projects that effectively address current and future urban challenges

Allard Nooy
CEO, InfraCo Asia
 Panel: Financing an integrated, connected transportation infrastructure across Asia
 Country Case Study  Country Case Study  

 Concluding remarks: Next Steps and Action Points
A summary of the day’s discussions and outline key takeaways and action points for all stakeholders, including concrete steps that could be taken to build capacity and mobilise financing in the year ahead. These action points will be reviewed at the next AIF in 2020.
17:20 Networking Cocktail Reception 
  The Infrastructure Market Place will provide in-depth insights into Asia’s infrastructure market. Sessions will focus on new projects emerging in the pipeline, technologies and solutions being applied to developments, and funding mechanisms being adopted. Speakers will include financers, developers, innovators and entrepreneurs at the leading edge of infrastructure development. Attendees will have the opportunity to connect with potential project partners, financiers and solution providers to build partnerships and further collaboration. 
8:30 Refreshments 
9:00 Opening Keynote:  InfraTech – a gamechanger for the infrastructure industry? 
9:15 Insights on the latest developments and additions to regional project pipelines 
10:15 Networking break 
10:45 Showcasing innovative technologies and solutions for infrastructure 
11:30 Financing Infrastructure Panel: Matching Funding with Projects 
12:45 Networking lunch 
 image MBS District Cooling

Singapore District Cooling (SDC) operates the world’s largest underground district cooling network and has been providing reliable, round-the-clock cooling services to developments within the premium Marina Bay financial district. SDC currently has 3 interconnected plants and are controlled by a highly sophisticated in-house developed control logic system.
 image Tengeh Floating Solar Panels

Visit the world’s largest floating solar test bed and see how this technology is contributing to a more sustainable future. Floating Solar is a fast-growing market segment in the global PV industry, with a cumulative installed capacity of more than 1.3GWp (end 2018).


image Indranee Rajah
Minister in the Prime Minister's Office
Second Minister for Finance and Education
 image Allard Nooy
InfraCo Asia
image Ang Eng Seng
Chief Investment Officer, Infrastructure
 image Assaad Razzouk
Chairman and CEO
Sindicatum Renewable Energy
image Paul Carrett
Group Chief Investment Officer
FWD Group
 image Sunil Gupta
Regional Head
Southeast Asia & South Asia
Vena Energy


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