Economic Powerhouses

Economic Powerhouses

Brazil, Russia, India, China and the US now account for 40 percent of the world’s GDP, but the state of their infrastructure has been holding them back. Based on this year’s Infrastructure 100, increasing investment is changing that.

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Characterized by their importance to the global economy, the economic powerhouses are working toward funding more infrastructure projects through private financing, as public resources alone are often insufficient to deliver on ambitious goals. 

However, facing significant infrastructure needs – either to support rapid growth and urbanization or to rebuild, repair or upgrade aging assets – and tightening competition for private investment, these markets are also putting high reliance on public sector debt sources. 

The report questions whether the conditions exist to attract international private capital in these markets.


Key takeaways

  • The public purse cannot provide the finance for mega projects on its own.
  • Natural resources, especially water, are precious and must be efficiently managed on a sustainable basis.
  • Renewing old cities and facilities is as important as creating new ones.
  • If the economic powerhouses are to realize their true potential, they must ease their protectionism.

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