Emerging markets infrastructure series

Emerging markets

What did we discover?

Emerging markets
infrastructure series


The ongoing rebalancing of global economic power has led to unprecedented investment plans in infrastructure in the emerging markets. For example, the Asia Pacific market, driven by China’s growth, is expected to represent nearly 60% of global infrastructure spending by 2025. In contrast, Western Europe’s share is expected to shrink to less than 10% from twice as much just a few years ago, according to PwC and Oxford Economics’ Capital Project and Infrastructure spending outlook to 2025 report.

While there are common drivers of infrastructure growth across emerging markets, such as the need for new infrastructure and the goals of sustaining economic growth and handling rapid urbanisation, the environment and challenges vary widely. When pursuing opportunities, infrastructure management companies, engineering and construction operators, private materials and financial firms need to be asking themselves:

Who are the right local and global infrastructure partners? What are the differences in infrastructure funding structures? How does bidding happen for mega projects? Are there demands for green infrastructure?

In PwC's Emerging Markets Infrastructure Series, we define infrastructure in different emerging markets and provide insights on the goals, challenges, risks and opportunities associated with infrastructure developments in those markets.

Click here to access individual reports on the countries including such growth markets as: Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mexico, Nigeria, Russia, South Africa and Turkey as well as regional reports such as Asia Pacific, Middle East, Central and Eastern Europe and more.

Key findings

“Today’s corporate leadership worldwide has a global mindset honed by time spent on extended expat assignments. Living and working in an emerging market opens the door to new ways of working and new possibilities as resource constraints demand flexibility and openness to change."

Dennis Finn, PwC Global Human Capital Leader
In August 2012, Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff said her government will invest nearly $69 billion by the end of 2014 to improve Brazil’s transportation systems.

"European and American companies already have a presence in China’s major coastal cities and provinces. However, very few foreign companies—if any—are operating in our secondary markets."

Gabriel Wong
In China, government planners and foreign investors alike are wrestling with the implications of water scarcity. China has 21% of the world's population, but only 6% of its freshwater.

The Indian Planning Commission has estimated that the country will need 180 additional airports in the next decade.

Richard Abadie
Global leader
Capital projects & infrastructure
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