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Emerging Trends in Infrastructure 2017

Emerging Trends in Infrastructure 2017

We continuously track and report on the tides and trends driving the world’s infrastructure markets. Learn about what we believe.

This edition of Foresight looks at trends facing the world’s infrastructure markets.

Around the world, uncertainty is rife. Political agendas and social expectations are changing. Global, regional and national institutions are weakening. Power is shifting. And technology is disrupting everything.

In 2017, we expect a shift towards more responsive leadership, both from governments and from the private sector.

Here are the top 10 emerging trends that we are seeing in infrastructure for 2017 and beyond. Review our trend predictions by viewing the videos and SlideShare presentation, and reading the articles – all of which can be accessed from this page.

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Trend 4: Prioritising social and environmental value

Pressure is on infrastructure investors to focus on more than financial returns.

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Trend 5: Technology increases productivity and risk

We expect technology such as data analytics and automation to go mainstream.

The changing technology landscape

Trend 6: Getting more out of existing infrastructure

How can Governments squeeze more from existing infrastructure investments?

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Trend 7: Governments look to unlock funding paradigm

With relatively benign financial markets, why are so many projects stuck?


Trend 8: Credit enhancement facilities: back to basics

Governments and multilaterals are making efforts to unclog infrastructure pipelines.

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Trend 9: Search for yield drives convergence

The lines between different types of infrastructure investors will continue to blur.

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Trend 10: The globalisation of infrastructure continues

All signs suggest that the ‘supply’ side of infrastructure is rapidly globalising.