The inaugural Latin American Infrastructure Forum and associated networking events took place in Melbourne on 22 and 23 May 2017, and attracted an audience of 330 persons in total. The closing sell-out Gala Dinner provided an excellent opportunity for delegates and guests to network and was marked by the announcement that the Victorian Government intends to release an updated Latin American Strategy before the end of the year.
The feedback received from delegates to the Forum and attendees at the networking events was overwhelmingly positive, with the following comments being indicative of the opinions expressed:
“The forum was a great success and triggered a whole series of insightful meetings and discussions.”
“Such a fantastic forum, conversation and vision”.
“Our funds are better placed to invest in LATAM because of your efforts.”
The consensus opinion of delegates was that the Forum should not be seen as a one off stand-alone event, but rather the start of a process that will involve ongoing events and activities aimed at progressively deepening the connection between Australian investors and companies and the infrastructure sector of the countries in Latin America.
The Forum served to provide delegates with a comprehensive briefing on the economic status of the major countries in Latin America, highlighted the extensive nature of the infrastructure projects on offer in the region, outlined the key role played by regional development banks and other multinational institutions and identified important issues that should be taken into account when looking to become active in the infrastructure space in the region.
The greater appetite that Australian industry super funds have for investment in infrastructure assets globally was highlighted. As was the pioneering role of players such as Macquarie Bank and IFM Investors in leading Australia’s push into investing in the Latin American infrastructure sector.
Copies of the presentations given at the Forum that have been made available for distribution can be downloaded from the Agenda page.
If you are interested in being kept informed of further developments concerning the Latin American infrastructure sector, please register your interest by writing to the Forum secretariat at [email protected].