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Latest pulse survey says governments must take action to capitalise on interests of investors

New survey of investor sentiment shows global need for state action to embrace private capital

A new survey by the Global Infrastructure Investor Association (GIIA), which represents the world’s leading institutional investors in transport, energy, water and communications networks, and Alvarez & Marsal (A&M), shows that the United States is the most attractive global destination for infrastructure investors.

Germany, Denmark and France emerge as the EU’s ‘go to’ countries, while Iberian and Benelux countries have slid in terms of investor appeal compared to their leading rivals.

However the attraction of the UK as a destination for private investment in infrastructure has tumbled to a new low, reflecting continuing investor concerns over the UK’s political and policy stability, and perceptions of an unattractive regulatory regime.

In the US, modernisation of transport, energy and water networks now depends on the willingness of state governments to consider private finance and public-private partnerships as a way of getting projects built more quickly and cost effectively.

Across the European Union, GIIA believes it is vital that member states get on with job of implementing energy and transport legislation that has been passed by the outgoing European Parliament, to build certainty for investors and address barriers to private capital.

For the UK market, the government’s Autumn Statement on the economic outlook is a vital opportunity announce any tax and spending decisions that will help to make up lost ground in terms of the country’s falling attractiveness relative to other markets.

For more details the survey’s findings on each of the US, EU and UK markets, download the report at the top of this page, or head to our insight pages linked below: