Paris Confirms its Ranking as a Leading European Centre

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Paris, 7 October 2019 - Today opens the 3rd edition of the Paris Infraweek, dedicated to the infrastructure financing, organized by Paris EUROPLACE, with the support of the Ministry of Economy and Finance, financial institutions, corporates and professional bodies, French and international.The needs in terms of infrastructure development are huge all around the world. The market is growing fast and has to accommodate new objectives of SDGs, is changing with digitalisation and new technologies, and all geographies are concerned especially emerging markets facing huge challenges to achieve an inclusive growth.Paris is a vibrant place for developing and financing infrastructure projects and France is a very active platform for investment overseas, in developed as well emerging areas, particularly in Africa.In this context, Paris EUROPLACE has established a dedicated Infrastructure Committee chaired by Jean Beunardeau, CEO HSBC France, to further strengthen infrastructure financing in France, Europe and emerging countries. This report to be published end of October points out that Global Infrastructure needs are impressive. The G20 estimates that $1.5 trillion will be required annually to fill these gaps between developed and emerging countries, with 60% of this amount to be directed to emerging countries. In that context the recommendations cover the necessity:
1.       to consolidate the establishment of a regular pipeline of projects in France;
2.       to strengthen the European organisation under the guidance of the new Commission in order to deploy the use of the InvestEU program and of the “Connecting Europe” facility, to support the deployment of the new age of these instruments and to clearly define and prioritize the sectorial investments programmes;
3.       to tackle the huge challenges of Emerging markets, particularly Africa, and accelerate the deployment of blended financing solutions and private insurance instruments;
4.       to size regulation to facilitate well-structured and de-risked infrastructure financings in the relevant geographies, for banks, insurance and for the private sector.The common thread of the 2019 Paris Infraweek, “Infrastructure Quality” is placed at the heart of international debates, particularly by the G20, and is for the Paris financial market a strategic priority. The Paris Infraweek will roll out this theme based on a geographical approach Europe and Emerging Countries. “Infrastructure Quality” will be examined from different angles: sustainability of financing, digital and innovation, contribution to development, impact in terms of social and environmental costs, etc.
“Infrastructure is a powerful leverage to achieve sustainable growth and development and to tackle the ecological transition. The scale of this infrastructure investment needed goes far beyond what is done today and requires a transformative action and new innovative financial instruments to mobilise green finance and investment in real projects. The Paris financial marketplace has a strong experience in infrastructure financing with top-ranking banking groups, world-size investors and particularly leading infrastructure funds, a strong community of legal and financial services, supportive public authorities, as well as strong industrial groups, among the world market leaders in their sectors, driving infrastructure projects.” says Augustin de Romanet, Chairman, Paris EUROPLACE.2019 Paris Infraweek will gather all during this week the ecosystem of infrastructure market players, investors, lenders, arrangers, bilateral and multilateral development banks, as well as government and EU officials, infrastructure developers, lawyers, etc. The inaugural Paris EUROPLACE international infrastructure forum welcomes today 1,200 attendees from all over the world.  

Paris EUROPLACE is the organisation in charge of developing and promoting the Paris Financial Marketplace and the French financial industry internationally. It brings together all financial industry stakeholders; its 400+ members include issuers, investors, banks and financial intermediaries, insurance companies, attorneys and accountants, consulting firms, etc. The association is chaired by Augustin de Romanet, Chairman and CEO of Groupe ADP.

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