Conference Background

  • Globally, the deficit in infrastructure implementation, vis-à-vis the demand, is not only huge but steadily growing, especially so in the Asian region. In India alone, until 2040, estimated investments of around $4.5 trillion are required in the infrastructure space. With respect to urban needs, the population in South Asia is expected to grow by around 250 million till 2030, while that in India is expected to reach around 590 million during the same period. There are an estimated 98 million people who reside in the slums of Indian cities and are disproportionately deprived of access to basic services and infrastructure. These gaps must be addressed, so that the cities grow equitably and in an environmentally responsible way.

  • Countries need to explore innovative models to implement infrastructure projects. Public-private partnerships (PPPs) has been one such option that enables governments to optimally share the risks associated with a project’s life cycle. However, for making government procurement more dynamic, it is critical to focus on wider options of “Partnership - Private & Public”. Furthermore, for PPP to work in India, a deeper deliberation is required on the means of democratising the governance at the city level with a view towards providing greater operational and fiscal autonomy to ULBs. Also, to enable effective private sector intervention, it is imperative to create a robust framework for alternative sources of infrastructure finance, with cities focusing on innovative sources of municipal financing such as cooperation on housing and community-based financing, land value capture and environmental externality financing.

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List of Speakers
  • Shri Rajiv Kumar, Vice Chairman, NITI Aayog
  • Shri Hardeep Singh Puri, Hon. MoS, (I/C) for Housing and Urban Affairs, Govt. of India
  • Shri Amitabh Kant, CEO, NITI Aayog
  • Shri Subhash Chandra Garg, Secretary, Department of Economic Affairs
  • Shri Gopal Krishna, Secretary Ministry of Shipping
  • Shri Durga Shankar Mishra, Secretary, MoHUA
  • Shri Ajay Tyagi, Chairman SEBI
  • Shri Yaduvendra Mathur IAS, Additional Secretary, NITI Aayog
  • Mr. Junaid Ahmad, Country Director- India, World Bank
  • Shri Ashwani Lohani, Chairman Railway Board
  • Smt. Dakshita Das, Additional Secretary DFS & MD, National Housing Bank
  • Shri Pankaj Jain, Joint Secretary DFS & MD, IIFCL
  • Shri. Alkesh Kumar Sharma, CEO & MD DMICDC
  • Shri Alok Kumar, Advisor (Education, Health & Nutrition), NITI Aayog
  • Shri Kunal Kumar, Joint Secretary, Mission Director Smart Cities, MoHUA
  • Dr. Indu Bhushan, CEO Ayushmaan Bharat
  • Shri Maneesh Garg, Joint Secretary, Dept. of School Education & Literacy, MHRD
  • Shri U.K. Sinha, Former Chairman SEBI
  • Shri S.K. Lohia, MD & CEO, IRSDC
  • Mr. Hitesh Vaidya, Country Programme Manager (CPM), UN-Habitat
  • Mr. Moazzam Mekan, Regional Manager Central Asia, IFC
  • Mr. Rajesh Balasubramanian, Sr. Water & Sanitation Specialist, World Bank
  • Mrs. Archana Mittal, Director (Smart Cities), MoHUA
  • Mr. Sanjay Reddy, Vice Chairman GVK Group
  • Mr. Sujoy Bose, CEO NIIF
  • Mr. Suresh Goyal, Head, Macquarie Infrastructure & Real Assets
  • Mr. Rohit Modi, CEO – Essel Infra & Smart Utilities
  • Mr. Sameer Bhatia, President- Advisory, CRISIL
  • Mr. Ashok Varma, Partner, PWC
  • Mr. Gaurav Taneja, Partner, Ernst & Young
  • Mr. Abhaya K. Agarwal, Partner, Ernst & Young
  • Mr. Arun Lakhani, Chairman, Vishvaraj Infrastructure Limited
  • Mr. Om Prakash Mathur, Senior Fellow & Chair Urban Studies, Institute of Social Sciences
  • Mr. Rakesh Kumar Shrivastav, Senior Advisor, WISH Foundation
  • Dr. Amit Kapoor, Chair, Institute for Competitiveness India
  • Dr. Poornima Prabhakaran – Deputy Director, Public Health Foundation of India
  • Mr. Sumeet Shukla, Investment Officer IFC
  • Mr. Yuri Afanasiev, UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in India
  • Dr. Nagesh Kumar, Director and Head, UNESCAP South and South-West Asia Office,
  • Mr. N. Yoshino, Dean, ADB Institute
  • Mr. Kenichi Yokoyama, Country Director- India, ADB
  • Mr. Manoj Sharma, Chief Urban Sector Group, ADB
  • Mr. Marco Kamiya, Coordinator, Urban Economy and Financing Branch, UN-Habitat
  • Ms. Aarsi Sagar, Analyst,Global Green Growth Institute
  • Mr. Navin Kumar Devkota, Senior Divisional Engineer, Ministry of Urban Development
  • Mr. Zheng Jian, Economic Affairs Officer, ESCAP
  • Ms. Natalja Wehmer, Associate Economic Affairs Officer, UNESCAP
  • Mr. Stuart King, Sr. Infrastructure Finance Specialist, ADB
  • Dr. Rana Hasan, Director (Economic Research and Regional Cooperation Department), ADB
  • Ms. Kathleen M. Farrin, Economist (Development Economics and Indicators Division), ADB
  • Mr. Prafulla Man Singh Pradhan, Chairman, Lumanti Support Group for Shelter, Nepal
  • Mr. Om Dharananda Rajopadhyay, Expert, Housing and Urban Development, Nepal
  • Mr. Siddharth Pandit, National Institute for Urban Affairs
  • Mr. Dhiraj Ajay Suri, Regional Advisor Asia, Cities Alliance
  • Dr. Ajay Mathur, Director General, TERI
  • Ms. Sheela Patel, Director SPARC and Chair Slum Dwellers International
  • Dr. Rajivan Krishnaswamy, Municipal Finance Expert

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