Country snapshots

These Country statistical "snapshots" offer a condensed, bird’s-eye view of 7 emerging nations’ infrastructure. Highlighted with key statistics and bellwether projects, the countries included are: Brazil, Russia, India, China, Turkey, South Africa, Indonesia.

Brazil snapshot

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As an emerging economic powerhouse, Brazil has considerable infrastructure needs in nearly all sectors. Investments in airports and urban rail are being driven partly by Brazil’s plans to host the soccer World Cup in 2014 and the Olympic Games in 2016.
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China snaphot

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For all of its dazzling progress in recent decades, China has plenty of work still to do in such areas as roads, ports and air transport infrastructure. In the future, the government is also expected to focus on specific regions that are relatively undeveloped.
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India snapshot

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India’s existing infrastructure cannot support the country’s massive and rapidly growing population, so vast investment will be needed in everything from roads to power generation to sanitation. Goldman Sachs has estimated that India will require $1.7 trillion in infrastructure investment over the next 10 years alone.
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Indonesia snapshot

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Indonesia's infrastructure deficit is evident everywhere from roads to ports to electricity. Yet there is also a perception that Indonesia’s weak infrastructure makes it a land of abundant opportunity for investors: indeed, Morgan Stanley has hailed the country’s infrastructure sector as a “A $250 billion Opportunity.”
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Mexico snapshot

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Mexico passed a new Public-Private Partnerships law in 2012, offering much-needed regulatory clarity and legal protection for private investors. This should open up new pools of capital, which are expected to flow into market segments such as ports, energy, and roads.
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Russia snapshot

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Russia has made solid progress in developing its infrastructure. The highest growth potential in Russia’s infrastructure sector relates to the export of commodities, with everything from pipelines to ports required to support the country’s massive output of oil and gas.
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South Africa snapshot

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South Africa’s infrastructure is “by far the best in the region,” according to the Economist Intelligence Unit. Even so, considerable challenges remain after 30 years of underinvestment. However, the government has responded in recent years with much greater enthusiasm for infrastructure spending.
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Turkey snapshot

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There is much reason for optimism about Turkey’s economic future. While many countries have stumbled, the Turkish economy has proven remarkably resilient. This economic momentum has bolstered the government’s confidence in mapping out its ambitious long-term goals for the infrastructure sector.
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