Infrastructure and Investment
High quality economic infrastructure underpins economic activity both within and across national
borders. It is one of the most powerful levers available to support businesses—from SMEs to
large multinationals—to make the investments that drive inclusive, sustainable growth across the
globe. It promotes development in emerging economies, growth and employment in developed
economies and trade between all.
However, economies around the world face significant challenges in meeting current and future
demand for infrastructure, driven by growing populations, rapid technological innovation (including
green technology), the increasing integration of the global economy and value chains, the legacy
of ageing or poorly managed assets, as well as public balance sheet and fiscal pressures.
By 2030, it is estimated that ~$60–70 trillion additional infrastructure capacity will be needed globally.
Under current conditions, only ~$45 trillion is likely to be realised, leaving a gap of ~$15–20 trillion.
Over the long run, closing this gap could create up to 100 million additional jobs and generate $6
trillion in economic activity every year.
While governments have a crucial role to play in closing the gap, a big part of the solution is greater
involvement by the private sector. The business community is ready, willing and able to ‘step up’
and play its part: by investing directly in productive infrastructure, partnering with governments to
build and manage public investments more effectively, and communicating infrastructure benefits
to the public.
The B20 Infrastructure & Investment Taskforce report can be downloaded here: