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Seminar: Building Infrastructure—The Challenge of Meeting Asia's Infrastructure Needs

Event | 23 March 2017 ADBI, Tokyo, Japan


Meeting Asia's Infrastructure Needs says that developing countries in Asia and the Pacific will need to invest $26 trillion over the next 15 years, from 2016 to 2030, or $1.7 trillion per year. These estimates are produced using a dynamic panel model for each type of infrastructure. Unlike other similar works, the report’s estimates incorporate the effects of climate change on infrastructure investment needs. The report states that demand for infrastructure significantly surpasses current supply and urges experts and policy makers to prioritize providing infrastructure and making infrastructure more attractive to private investors.


  • Disseminate and discuss the findings of an ADB special report, Meeting Asia's Infrastructure Needs, to raise awareness of policy makers, media, and the public on the need to improve infrastructure in Asia and the Pacific through 2030
  • Share updated evidence-based analysis on infrastructure needs and reach a shared understanding of the current state of and future scenarios for infrastructure provision


  • Leading infrastructure scholars and experts from well-known research institutions and think thanks in Asia and the Pacific
  • Active and former senior policy makers and recognized private sector specialists
  • Media
  • The public, including private organizations and postgraduate students
  • 50 people expected


  • Deeper knowledge of infrastructure investment needs in Asia and the Pacific through 2030, including climate-adjusted infrastructure investment
  • Better understanding of the challenges shaping infrastructure investment and development



Time of event

09:00 – 12:00