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8th Asia Sustainable Infrastructure Finance Leaders Dialogue
Leading the way in sustainable infrastructure
21 August 2023 | 02:30 PM - 06:00 PM | Singapore
Overview

With economies across Asia-Pacific reopening following the pandemic, all eyes will be on how the unprecedented health emergency is likely to reshape future infrastructure investments in the region. Short-term slowing economies, elevated inflation and higher cost of finance are headwinds that could affect the pace of development.

The pandemic has revealed plenty of shortcomings in the region’s preparedness to respond to such a crisis. In particular, it has led to a greater attention on the development of infrastructure that supports public health and on the improvement of transportation systems to facilitate the delivery of essential goods and services.

The crisis has also accelerated investment in digital infrastructure, such as broadband, networks, data centres and online platforms, a trend that was underway even before Covid-19. With remote working and online education, these backbone technologies have become even more critical and necessary to meet future needs.

Indeed, infrastructure will continue to play a defining role in Asia’s growth story. With the threat of climate change ever growing, the region will also need to focus on sustainable infrastructure now more than ever. Asia has risen to this challenge and the quality and scale of sustainable infrastructure are likely to dominate future projects.

For example, greenfield projects, such as the upgrade of airports, toll roads and ports, which were disrupted or delayed during the past three years can resume, but they will now take into account the application of decarbonization solutions. There is an urgent need to build climate-resilient infrastructure that can support Asia’s rapid urbanization and boost digital connectivity. Accelerating Asia’s clean energy transition is a must if the region is to keep pace with its development goals while meeting its net-zero commitments.

Meanwhile, Asia’s infrastructure financing gap remains huge. With public fiscal resources strained, private capital can play a role in funding this gap. The recent launch of several Asia-dedicated infrastructure funds is pointing to the opportunities ahead. While private sector participation has increased in recent years, regulators can play a big role in further mobilizing private capital.

The Asset Events is pleased to host the 8th Asia Sustainable Infrastructure Finance Leaders Dialogue, an annual gathering of infrastructure finance leaders that will discuss the outlook for Asian infrastructure.

Agenda
21 August 2023
02:30 PM
Registration and coffee
03:00 PM
Welcome remarks
03:10 PM
Keynote address
Ashok Lavasa
Ashok Lavasa
vice president, private sector operations and public private partnerships
Asian Development Bank
03:30 PM
Panel one: Sustainable infrastructure in Asia

Infrastructure will continue to play an important role in Asia’s growth trajectory but the region must put greater focus on projects that can support its sustainable development goals. Decarbonization solutions must be put in place across sectors such as transportation, energy, water and waste management as well as digital connectivity. Sustainable infrastructure, however, presents a variety of challenges from financing to mitigating infrastructure risk.

  • How are sustainable principles being adopted to emerging Asian infrastructure?
  • How do project developers, investors and lenders mitigate infrastructure risk?
  • How will tighter credit conditions impact infrastructure finance?
  • What role will infrastructure insurance play in this space?
Jugeshinder Singh
Jugeshinder Singh
Group CFO
Adani Group
Kamal Dorabawila
Kamal Dorabawila
chief investment officer/sector lead, transport & logistics, Asia Pacific
International Finance Corporation
Devin Chan
Devin Chan
deputy executive director
Infrastructure Asia
Delphine Voeltzel
Delphine Voeltzel
managing director
OMERS Infrastructure
Robert Yap
Robert Yap
executive chairman
YCH Group
Chito Santiago (moderator)
Chito Santiago (moderator)
executive editor
The Asset
04:20 PM
Networking and coffee
04:50 PM
Panel two: Scaling up transition finance

Financing low-carbon initiatives is no longer enough as Asia needs to support high-emitting industries to meet their climate goals. Amidst this backdrop, the need for transition finance is expanding. But the lack of standards has stifled the development of this space. Southeast Asia’s updated sustainable finance taxonomy, however, is expected to unlock funds to help the region meets its net zero targets.

  • How is Asia decarbonizing its economy, particularly high-emission industries?
  • What should the region do to achieve a just transition?
  • What are the challenges facing project sponsors in this space?
  • How can blended finance play its part to support this transition?
Andrew Nelson
Andrew Nelson
principal, energy
Actis
Anupam Misra
Anupam Misra
head of corporate finance
Adani Group
Marat Zapparov
Marat Zapparov
chief executive officer
Pentagreen Capital
Abhishek Tyagi
Abhishek Tyagi
vice president, senior credit officer, project & infrastructure finance
Moody’s Investors Service
Jade Wong
Jade Wong
infrastructure specialist
World Bank
Darryl Yu (moderator)
Darryl Yu (moderator)
managing editor
The Asset
05:40 PM
Networking and cocktails
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Ashok Lavasa vice president, private sector operations and public private partnerships at Asian Development Bank making his keynote address
Ashok Lavasa vice president, private sector operations and public private partnerships at Asian Development Bank making his keynote address
Networking at the event
Networking at the event
Panel one on sustainable infrastructure in Asia
Panel one on sustainable infrastructure in Asia
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Full house event
Panel two on scaling up transition finance
Panel two on scaling up transition finance