Conference

Latin American Infrastructure: Sustainability, Prosperity and Innovation

  • KPMG, London E14 5GL
  • 16:00-18:45 + networking

Development of sustainable transport infrastructure is key to Latin American prosperity. This conference, organised by Canning House in partnership with KPMG, examines how transport infrastructure can help deliver sustainable development in Latin America.

Latin American Infrastructure:

Sustainability, Prosperity and Innovation

Development of sustainable transport infrastructure is key to Latin American prosperity. Revitalising the region's weak transport network – in which a majority of roads remain unpaved, urban centres suffer severe congestion, rail density lags behind other developing regions, and growing demand for aviation is straining existing airports – is critical to drive productivity, growth and social integration; but is estimated to require additional trillions of US$ by 2030, if Latin America is to meet its Sustainable Development Goals.

Closing that gap will require both investment and innovation. In some areas, Latin America’s immense infrastructural investment potential is already on show; its innovative ports are amongst the world’s best-performing, and new and ambitious rail and aviation projects are already improving connectivity and capacity.

Public-private partnerships (PPPs) have gained traction in Latin America as one of a suite of funding sources, allowing governments to procure and deliver public infrastructure projects, while capitalising on the resources and expertise of the private sector; while a UK-Peru government-to-government infrastructure agreement, launched in 2018 and renewed in 2021, has laid down a blueprint for future endeavours of its kind.

Meanwhile, as several cities across the region are breaking ground on brand new or expanded metro systems, and megaprojects like the Mexican Tren Maya reach their destinations, it appears the role of rail in fulfilling Latin America's sustainable development ambitions is being recognised. International finance and expertise in rail, from the likes of the UK, Japan and China, is delivering new gains for overland mobility in cities and beyond.

This conference, organised by Canning House in partnership with KPMG, examines how transport infrastructure can help deliver sustainable development and prosperity in Latin America.

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  • Latin American Infrastructure: Sustainability, Prosperity and Innovation

  • Guests' arrival and registration

    16:00-16:30

  • WELCOMING REMARKS

    Jeremy Browne, CEO - Canning House

    16:30-16:35

  • PANEL ONE

    Investment, Innovation, Infrastructure: Partnerships for Prosperity in Latin America

    This first panel will evaluate the opportunities and challenges for Public Private Partnerships (PPPs) in Latin America, focusing primarily on ports and airports. Key questions to be explored include: what are Latin America’s strengths and weaknesses for securing and delivering PPPs? How may PPPs be tailored towards the region’s sustainable development goals? Drawing on the experiences of the UK-Peru Infrastructure Task Force, how can the UK government and companies contribute the financing and expertise needed for Latin America’s PPPs to succeed?

    16:35-17:25

  • FIRESIDE CHAT

    More information coming soon...

    17:25-17:50

  • PANEL TWO

    Mind the Gap: Revitalising Rail in Latin America

    This second panel will contemplate the place of railways for the sustainable transport of people and goods in Latin America. Panellists will reflect on how recent developments in building and expanding metro systems are helping to achieve greener and more prosperous cities. It will, also, discuss how railways may assume a more prominent role in freight transportation to help the region fulfill its potential as an exporter of grains and metals to the world. Moreover, the conversation will offer shared learnings in sustainable railway technology between the UK and Latin America.

    17:50-18:40

  • CLOSING REMARKS

    Jeremy Browne, CEO - Canning House

    18:40-18:45

  • NETWORKING RECEPTION

    18:45-19:30

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