The infrastructure sector of India is a critical hook for the country's economy that could propel it to an accelerated growth path with the potential to push GDP past the double-digit mark. In order to relieve the pre-2008 growth, investment in the infrastructure sector, which has substantially increased over the last 10 years, with infrastructure investment as a share of India's total expenditure rising from around 23% to approximately 32.5% (2016), has to touch $1.5 trillion in next 10 years.
To ensure the influx of such mammoth investment, there is a need to address the essential challenges - structural and regulatory alike - which can derail the sector's growth. Two such predicaments are PPP and Financing. While the sector is suffering from a reluctance on part of stakeholders to adopt the PPP model, there is also a dearth of adequate investments which is forcing many projects to fall by the wayside or get stalled indefinitely. Hence it becomes imperative that even before looking at other areas, an immediate attention is required on this two issues to bring back a semblance of viability in the sector.
In this context,The CII Infrastructure Summit 2017is being organised on 12thDecember 2017 at BIEC, Bangalore coinciding with Excon 2017 - the biennial Construction Equipment event of CII which is scheduled from 12-16 December 2017. Infrastructure Summit 2017 would focus on the following three aspects:
|REINVENTING THE PUBLIC PRIVATE PARTNERSHIP WHEEL||ENHANCING INFRASTRUCTURE FINANCING||THE FUTURE OF SMART URBAN INFRASTRUCTURE|
|The adoption of PPP model as an efficient tool to speed up infrastructure development has been facing several challenges. While there is a large market for PPPs, issues around equitable distribution of risk, lack of integration of governance, institutions and capacity, a customised programme for financial services institutions and the private sector to support PPP, an independent regulatory mechanism, a long-term oriented tariff structure and provision for renegotiation of concession agreements, etc. have hampered its promotion. However, with both the government and the private sector equally recognizing PPP as a relevant model of development, it is essential to see if the modalities of PPP need to be changed to enhance its attractiveness.||While the problem of NPAs in the banking sector is known to be a primary reason for the reluctance on their part to finance infrastructure projects, there is also a considerable concern around the limited institutional capacity of banks to comprehend the nuances of an infrastructure project for an accurate determination of project costs and project viability. Moreover, there is a clear requirement of establishing a communication process to kill the fear psychosis that is making the banking system from touching infra projects. Additionally, while the concept of Bad Bank is unattainable in reality, there is a need to scout for a midway solution that could tackle the NPA problem||The conference will also take a look at the mega trends, disruptive technologies, and new business models required to build smart urban infrastructures for the future, and exploring options of creating an integrated, self-sufficient system with the capability of real-time resolution of challenges and enhancement of efficiency of cost and performance.|
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