Event Start:
06 Oct 2020 09:00 AM
Event End:
06 Oct 2020 10:00 AM
Webinar: 9am Washington | 2pm London | 9pm Singapore
Event Summary:

Global Infrastructure Forum

The Role of Institutional Investors during a Pandemic
Resilient & sustainable infrastructure investment in emerging Asia and beyond

Amid the severe fiscal strains of responding to COVID-19, investments in infrastructure assets have so far proven resilient. However, COVID-19 has clearly revealed the need for more resilient investment in this asset class and relevant sectors. It has also underscored the need to tap more innovative financing to reach the Sustainable Development Goals in developing countries.

Governments were forced to respond rapidly with huge fiscal stimulus packages to support economies and vulnerable sectors. The urgent need of Asian developing countries’ sustainable infrastructure investments will further help recovery and cushion economies against future disaster and pandemic events.

Nonetheless, the unprecedented spending of these last few months, and the uncertainties ahead, limit governmental budget and debt servicing capacities and will likely weigh on private sector investment incentives and decisions for sustainable infrastructure.

Our panel will discuss what is needed from the perspective of Institutional investors, the insurance industry and rating agencies to establish an enabling ecosystem to overcome long-standing obstacles and unlock greater private sector financing, whilst exploring:
- availability of government resources for such investments,
- impact of the pandemic on the risks associated with infrastructure development,
- responses of stakeholders to these challenges,
- ideas that help sustain the financial response to this crisis.

Moderator: Jackie B. Surtani, Director, Infrastructure Finance Division, Private Sector Operations Department, ADB

- Sonali Tang, Regional Director, ADB Singapore Office
- Mark Houghton, Head of Global Political Risk, Credit & Bond, Asia Pacific, AXA XL
- Anita George, Executive Vice-President and Deputy Head of CDPQ Global, CDPQ
- Ray Tay, Senior Vice President, Public, Project and Infrastructure Finance Group, Moody’s
- Tracey E. Flaherty, Senior Vice President, Global Head of Diversity & Inclusion and Public Affairs, Natixis – Chair of Investor Leadership Network (ILN)
- Rowan Douglas, Senior Director, Head Climate and Resilience Hub, Willis Towers Watson – Chair of the Operating Committee of the Insurance Development Forum (IDF)

This webinar is 1 hour long and will take place at:
9am Washington | 2pm London | 9pm Singapore. 
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