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This year’s Infrastructure Week held in May came as public support for infrastructure investment is at an all-time high. According to a recent Gallup poll, three out of four Americans support increasing investment in the U.S. transportation and energy systems. And with the majority of infrastructure projects in the U.S. already funded by the private sector, all the pieces are in place for large-scale investments.
An investor with technical proficiency, such as Siemens Financial Services, can help ensure P3s are completed on time and on budget. As lead equity or debt investors in projects, such as Thameslink railway in the United Kingdom, Elazig Integrated Health Campus in Turkey and Bangalore Airport in India, we’ve individually tailored and evaluated risk to meet local needs of P3 projects in other regions of the world.
The same is true locally for states and municipalities in the U.S. Here are a couple of ways financiers can help minimize risk on P3 projects:
- Due Diligence Boosts Investor Confidence. One oversight in a large-scale infrastructure project could lead to long-term risks throughout the entire project lifecycle, such as failure to complete construction on time. These types of risks can be mitigated by proactive action on the part of the financier, such as taking stock of economic conditions.
- Meeting Expectations. With big projects come big expectations. That’s why To accomplish this, contracts must be structured so that the public receives full, fair value for use of its property.
- Budget Responsibly. In the same way that the private sector needs to be responsible with its profits from the project, overall P3 budgets must be structured to prevent a disproportionate shift of current capital costs onto future taxpayers.
In an environment where there is a need for private capital to fill funding gaps, I’m hopeful the demand for P3s will continue to grow and the country’s vast infrastructure needs will be met.
The original version of this blog appeared on Siemens website.
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