SOURCE: CG/LA Infrastructure

October 16, 2008 07:00 ET

2nd Annual Global Infrastructure Leadership Forum

"The Champions Remaking our World"; Washington, DC * Mayflower Hotel * December 10-12, 2008

WASHINGTON, DC--(Marketwire - October 16, 2008) - CG/LA Infrastructure LLC, the world leader in strategic infrastructure project identification and development, announced today the selection of the Top 100 global infrastructure projects, to be presented by their sponsors at the 2nd Annual Global Infrastructure Leadership Forum. Focused on physical infrastructure opportunities around the world, the GILF2 will take place at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, DC.

"At a time of severe global financial crisis, the infrastructure sector is the one sector that can insulate the real economy from the worst effects of the crisis -- an additional 1% of GDP, invested globally, would increase investment from the current level of $1 trillion to nearly $1.3 trillion annually, creating more than 40 million direct jobs, and pumping real value directly into the global economy," says Norman Anderson, President & CEO of CG/LA Infrastructure and the Global Infrastructure Leadership Forum.

A Marketplace for Global Projects: The Global Forum is an infrastructure marketplace, bringing the Top 100 global projects together with 500-600 infrastructure executives -- from finance, policy, engineering/construction, and equipment/technology. Key countries include: the US, the BRIC countries, and infrastructure hot spots like Malaysia, the Philippines, Vietnam as well as key countries in the Middle East and Africa. Projects have been confirmed across 17 countries, and 8 sectors, including ports & logistics ($24 billion), oil & gas ($37 billion), strategic ($48 billion), water & wastewater ($5 billion), electricity generation ($6 billion), urban mass transit ($45 billion), digital infrastructure ($3.7 billion), and highways ($6 billion). The total estimated project value will be $175 to $200 billion.

Critical Players: The Global Forum's theme is "The Champion's that are Remaking our World," and leading the Forum are 'champions' like the Managing Director of JBIC, Masaki Omura; Alfredo Elias Ayub, the CEO of Mexico's national electricity company; Peter Barker-Homek, the CEO of Abu Dhabi's national energy company; and John Mizroch, the US Undersecretary of Energy for Renewables.

More than 100 project sponsors will take the stage, and host pre-scheduled private meetings with participants. "These infrastructure champions," according to Mr. Anderson, "are the men and women who are going to build us out of our current difficulties -- the people with the vision, the drive, the imagination and the persistence to get things done, around the world."

Strategic Projects: Each of the projects presented offer strong business opportunities over the next 12 months, thus providing participants with a window on the infrastructure world for 2009. Strategic projects include:

--  the Iskandar Regional Development project, a $47 billion development
    project in Malaysia;
--  the SEACOM Project, a pan-African submarine cable project valued at
    over $600 million;
--  the Vadinar Port Development Project, a $2 billion project in India;
--  the California High-Speed Rail Project, valued at over $40 billion;
    and
--  the Gold Horn Bay Bridge project, a $700 million BOT project in
    Vladivostock, Russia.
    

Strategic project workshops will be presented by Vietnam; the Philippines; the Andean Development Corporation; Russia - the Sochi Olympics; Mexico; and Brazil. A Strategic US Projects Roundtable will be hosted by key US political figures supporting the creation of the $60 billion National Infrastructure Bank.

Global Forum Sponsorship: Gold Global Forum sponsors are ACS (the Spanish infrastructure operator), Alliant (Blackstone Group), The Andean Development Corporation - CAF, ESRI, MIGA-World Bank Group, Metro de Madrid, Sterne Agee, Trimble, and the US Department of Energy/Renewables Group.

CG/LA Infrastructure LLC, based in Washington, DC, focuses on creating opportunity in the global infrastructure marketplace by assisting countries, regions, and companies to become increasingly competitive in areas of strategic advantage.

In order to access the Leadership Forum web page please go to: http://www.cg-la.com/global2

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