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UN advisor to open NCE infrastructure summit

Jeffrey Sachs, professor of economics and director at Columbia University and special advisor to United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, will deliver the opening address at the inaugural World Infrastructure Summit (WIS) in Barcelona this month.

Sachs will provide delegates with a unique overview of the global economy and analyse how the downturn and continued uncertainty will impact on infrastructure markets.

WIS takes place in Barcelona in Spain from 29 November to 1 December. It is organised by NCE and is designed to build the link between infrastructure development and economic growth.

Sachs will set the scene for the two day event by explaining how governments and the private sector can work together to fund the $40 trillion (£25 trillion) worth of investment needed to modernise infrastructure around the world.

The UK government placed infrastructure firmly in the spotlight in last month’s spending review, joining other governments around the world openly supporting the link between infrastructure development and economic prosperity.

WIS will bring together the world’s leading developers, financiers, government officials and advisors to identify and pinpoint exactly which regions and sectors are likely to see the highest levels of growth.

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