Building the Future of Quality Infrastructure
Infrastructure is crucial for fostering countries’ economic development and prosperity.
Infrastructure contributes to higher productivity and growth, facilitates trade and connectivity, and promotes economic inclusion. Infrastructure is also a key driver for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. The development of electricity distribution networks through infrastructure development improves access to energy in urban and rural areas. Transport infrastructure connects people and supports trade by facilitating the movement of goods, contributing to economic growth. Water infrastructure improves health through better access to clean water and more efficient management of scarce resources.
In recognition of the benefits that infrastructure development can bring, stakeholders, including the Group of Twenty (G20) member countries, have committed to work together to provide quality infrastructure and meet the growing global infrastructure demand. The G20 believes that equal emphasis should be placed on closing the infrastructure financing gap and assuring quality infrastructure investments that boost economic activities and create positive spillover effects in neighboring communities and regions. Such infrastructure investments should also contribute to strengthening resilience against climate change, natural disasters, and disasters caused by humans.
Three major themes encompass the work presented in this collection of policy briefs and the discussions held at the Think20 Summit in Tokyo in May 2019 and its associated events.
- Maximizing the impact of quality infrastructure investments by addressing the concerns of sustainability in terms of financing, the rate of return to stakeholders, and economic efficiency.
- Preserving and enhancing natural capital in the development of quality infrastructure to support the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals, the Paris Agreement, and the Aichi Biodiversity Targets.
- Developing resilient strategies for infrastructure development, especially in transport-related infrastructure.
- 1. Policy and Institutional Framework for Delivering on Sustainable Infrastructure by Amar Bhattacharya, Beatriz Nofal, Linda Krueger, Minji Jeong, and Kevin Gallagher
- 2. The Infrastructure Nexus: From the Future of Infrastructure to Infrastructure of the Future by Nicolas J.A. Buchoud, Ross Douglas, Pascal Gastineau, Martin Koning, David Mangin, Philippe Poinsot, Jean François Silvain, and Hélène Soubelet
- 3. Infrastructure Investment Needs and Sources of Financing by Yasuyuki Sawada
- 4. Pursuing Quality of Infrastructure for Sustainable Growth by Daniel F. Runde
- 5. Building Resilient Infrastructure Systems by Caroline Evans, Bruno Godart, Jürgen Krieger, Jean-Bernard Kovarik, Marc Mimram, and Fabien Palhol
- 6. Quality Infrastructure Investment: Ways to Increase the Rate of Return for Infrastructure Investments by Naoyuki Yoshino, Nella Hendriyetty, and Saloni Lakhia
- 7. Sustainable Infrastructure to Secure the Natural Capital of the Amazon by Ana Cristina Barros, Bruce McKenney, Amar Bhattacharya, Beatriz Nofal, Carlos Nobre, Kevin Gallagher, Linda Krueger, and Thomas Lovejoy
- 8. Disaster Mitigation and Social Resilience: From Humans to Infrastructure by Akiko Yamanaka
- 9. Economic Effects of Infrastructure Investment from Land-based Financing by Vladimir Yakunin, Daisuke Kotegawa, Pablo Ava, Teresita Cruz-del Rosario, Dimitris Psarrakis, Anna-Maria Chkoniya, Maxim Vilisov, Li Xin, and Jose Barbero
- 10. Global Targets on Drinking Water by Taikan Oki