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Brazil: Infrastructure Key Topic in Uncertain Election
Brazil

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In Brazil around 7,000 infrastructure projects are stalled. Whoever wins the October elections will encounter numerous institutional, regulatory and budgetary challenges to get them moving. But what are the candidates saying about infrastructure? Read this report to find out.

New Investment Opportunities in Highways in Latin America
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There are road opportunities in stable, mature markets with good investment climates, such as Colombia, Mexico and Chile today, but Peru, Ecuador, Paraguay and Argentina are also opening up with new projects and regulatory plans. Read this report for details.

Will Mexico Adopt a More Statist Approach to Infrastructure?
Mexico

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The candidates for the Mexican presidency agreed that the fight against corruption and greater transparency in public procurement are the main challenges in the development of the infrastructure that the country needs. Read this report to understand infrastructure in Mexico under new leadership.

Will Currency Crisis Derail Argentina's Ambitious Infrastructure Program?
Metro Projects on the Rise Throughout Latin America
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Metro Projects on the Rise Throughout Latin America

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There are about twenty major metro projects in Latin America, from Santo Domingo and San José in the north to Santiago in the south. These initiatives alone are worth US$30 billion. Read this report to understand the state of these massive infrastructure projects, how they are being developed and financed, and what to expect in the coming years.

Designing Resilient Infrastructure in Latin America
Chile

Designing Resilient Infrastructure in Latin America

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Natural disasters and climate change put pressure on budgets in infrastructure development. This report explores the cost of natural disasters on basic infrastructure in Latin America, and underlines what countries and companies are doing and should do to develop resilient infrastructure.

In Colombia, Candidates for Presidency Promise World of Infra Projects
Colombia

In Colombia, Candidates for Presidency Promise World of Infra Projects

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Colombia has been lauded for its 4G highway program, but recently has come under fire for corruption in its infrastructure sector. Read this report to understand the state of Colombia's infrastructure, and to get a sense of what candidates in the general election are proposing, should they win the May 27 election.

The Impact of the Odebrecht Scandal on Peru's Massive Infrastructure Plan
Peru

The Impact of the Odebrecht Scandal on Peru's Massive Infrastructure Plan

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Peru's President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski narrowly escaped impeachment in December, but this does not mean things will get easier for his government. The Odebrecht affair has had repercussions throughout the economy, with the infrastructure sector hit hardest. Read this report to understand the exact extent of this, and about the state of infrastructure in general in the country.

Infrastructure Survey 2018
Regional

Infrastructure Survey 2018

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Our annual survey of infrastructure insiders in Latin America reflects a changing business environment and new challenges for 2018. Corruption is now considered the biggest obstacle to infrastructure investment in Latin America, overtaking other issues such as faulty planning, poor regulation and lack of funds. Stronger opinions emerged regarding the best way to finance projects and which subsector will be the most dynamic. The majority agrees that quality infrastructure remains lacking in LatAm, and that means opportunity.

Infrastructure Outlook 2018: Highways, Metros Lead Optimistic Investment Plans
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Infrastructure Outlook 2018: Highways, Metros Lead Optimistic Investment Plans

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The companies that operate in the infrastructure industry eye 2018 with a degree of optimism, motivated by the advances of public-private participation programs and the million-dollar investment programs underway in numerous countries. Chile, Colombia, Peru, Brazil and Mexico are the most mature PPP markets, but Uruguay, Argentina, Ecuador and Panama are joining them. The portfolio of large regional investment projects will continue to be dominated by roads, although business opportunities will also be found in metros and line expansions. But, there are serious challenges in 2018, such as political risk, and overcoming institutional and regulatory weaknesses - read this report to find out more.

In Chile, New Government Will Face Challenges to Boost Infra Investment
Chile

In Chile, New Government Will Face Challenges to Boost Infra Investment

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The candidates in Chile's presidential race have agreed on the need to strengthen the institutional framework for concessions in order to recover the dynamism of an industry that spurred growth in Chile in the 1990s and 2000s. The challenges to achieve this and implement large infrastructure projects are varied. Read the report to find out more.

Latin American Ports: Opportunities Amid Economic Slowdown
Regional

Latin American Ports: Opportunities Amid Economic Slowdown

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This report looks at the state of ports in the region, taking a close look at large projects and those areas where new port capacity is needed. It also looks at examples of port failures and shows us what to expect in the coming years.

Ecuador's New Government Seeks Private Investment in Transport Infrastructure
Social Infrastructure in LatAm and Private Participation
Regional

Social Infrastructure in LatAm and Private Participation

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In Latin America, private investment in social infrastructure - hospitals, schools, prisons, social housing and public buildings, among others - has been slow to develop. Read this report to find out about new advances in the region in social infrastructure projects.

Mexico Shores up PPP Model to Boost Infrastructure
Mexico

Mexico Shores up PPP Model to Boost Infrastructure

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The task facing Mexico is not an easy one. Public investment in infrastructure has been affected by budget cuts resulting from lower oil revenues. In addition, there is the uncertainty regarding the economic and trade policies of the new US government. Nevertheless, there is reason for optimism, mainly due to a favorable environment for private initiatives and investment through public-private partnerships (PPPs) and concessions, where business opportunities can be found in a wide range of projects from highway maintenance and construction to freight and passenger railways, ports and airports.

Argentina Infrastructure Attracts New Interest
Argentina

Argentina Infrastructure Attracts New Interest

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The state of Argentina's roads, railways, ports and airports has deteriorated severely in recent years due to lack of investment. But optimism is high with the Macri administration. Will the new infrastructure plan and favorable regulation rejuvinate the nation's infrastructure? Read this report to find out.

Brazil Looks to new PPP Model to Revive Infrastructure Investments
Brazil

Brazil Looks to new PPP Model to Revive Infrastructure Investments

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Brazil has had a very difficult few years and its infrastructure plan has been hit hard by political and economic scandals. This report looks at the state of the nation's infrastructure and a new PPP model that many hope will help get projects back on track. Read this report to learn about Brazilian infrastructure.

Major Metro Projects eye PPP Models
Regional

Major Metro Projects eye PPP Models

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The renewed boom in metro systems not only contributes to improving urban transport in highly congested and fast growing cities, but also opens up a wealth of opportunities for companies in the areas of construction, engineering, technology and concessions, as well as for manufacturers of rolling stock.

Water in Latin America: Scarcity in the Face of Abundance
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Water in Latin America: Scarcity in the Face of Abundance

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Latin America accounts for almost one third of the world's freshwater resources. Despite this abundance, 34 million Latin Americans still do not have access to piped potable water and 106 million do not have basic sanitation services. In order to contain the inherent risks in the water sector at an acceptable level and to ensure the universalization of drinking water and basic sanitation services, Latin American governments need to accelerate investments in large water infrastructure projects. Read this report to find out what is being done to address the shortfall.

New Airports, Expansions Abound in the Face of Growing Air Traffic
Regional

New Airports, Expansions Abound in the Face of Growing Air Traffic

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Between 2005 and 2015, many of the largest airports in Latin America achieved double-digit passenger growth rates. According to the latest projections of the International Air Transport Association (IATA), Latin America will see annual growth of 3.8% in passenger numbers until 2035. This report looks at the state of airports in the region, given this growth, and outlines the projects planned, how they are being financed, and what challenges remain.