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Infrastructure UK chief to speak at biggest global infra conference

Geoffrey Spence will be keynote speaker when London hosts the world’s biggest infrastructure event next week.

The chief executive of Infrastructure UK – the government department tasked with coordinating £200 billion of infrastructure investment over the next five years – will give the keynote speech at the 5th Annual Global Infrastructure Leadership Forum.

It will be attended by representatives from some of the biggest infrastructure projects in the world, including the the £16bn Crossrail scheme, £50bn Plan Nord project in Canada and the the £12bn Rio/Sao Paulo TAV in Brazil.

The conference follows a recent report released by Washington-based consultancy CG/LA Infrastructure, which has identified a £3 trillion shortfall in worldwide infrastructure investment in the period to 2015. An estmated £6 trillion is needed.

Norman Anderson, CEO of CG/LA Infrastructure, said: “We are delighted to have Geoffrey Spence addressing the forum, a symbol that the event is must-attend for organisations with any interest in UK infrastructure.

“A key topic for discussion will inevitably revolve around the shortfall in global investment. At a time with the global economy is limping out of a downturn, the gap between the need for infrastructure investment and actual spend is colossal, and growing.”

The conference, running from 22-24 February at Mansion House, in the City, will see presentations from more than 50 leading infrastructure sponsors around the world.

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