SOURCE: CG/LA Infrastructure

November 20, 2008 08:22 ET

2nd Annual Global Infrastructure Leadership Forum

Top 100 Global Infrastructure Projects - $400 Billion - 1% of World GDP; Washington, DC - Mayflower Hotel - December 11-12, 2008

WASHINGTON, DC--(Marketwire - November 20, 2008) - CG/LA Infrastructure LLC, the world leader in strategic infrastructure project identification and development, announced today that $400 billion worth of infrastructure projects, equivalent to 1% of world GDP, will be presented at the 2nd Annual Global Infrastructure Leadership Forum. The 100 projects, to be presented by their sponsors to an audience of 500 executives from more than 40 countries, is an attempt to identify those projects that will allow the world to build its way out of the current financial crisis.

"We believe that investment in these projects is the best way to address the current crisis, and this effort at an infrastructure stimulus package will require the coordinated effort of countries from around the world," said Norman Anderson, President & CEO of CG/LA Infrastructure and the Global Infrastructure Leadership Forum. "If we could invest an additional 1% of GDP in infrastructure, real economies would be protected from the crisis, jobs would be created, and global GDP would rise by over .5% against current projections." Sponsors will present their projects, to an audience of government officials, private sector executives and professionals from development banks and other critical organizations. The Russian Embassy in Washington will host a reception for all delegates.

Critical Decision-makers: The World Bank is one of the sponsoring organizations, as are private and public entities from throughout the world. Members of President-elect Obama's transition team have indicated their participation, as have leaders like Enrique Garcia, President of the Andean Development Corporation (CAF); James Bond, Acting Managing Director of the World Bank's MIGA; Masaki Omura, Managing Director of the Japan Finance Corporation; Alfredo Elias Ayub, the CEO of Mexico's national electricity company; Peter Barker-Homek, the CEO of Abu Dhabi's national energy company; John Mizroch, the US Undersecretary of Energy for Renewables; key officials from the BRIC nations and other infrastructure hot spots; and thought leaders like Lynn Tipton, CEO of Patriarch Partners; Gary LeGrange, CEO of the Port of New Orleans; and Matthew Rose, CEO of Burlington Northern Santa Fe.

Building Global Projects: The Global Forum is an infrastructure marketplace, bringing the Top 100 global projects together with 500 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 and 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 ($95 billion), digital infrastructure ($3.7 billion), and highways ($6 billion). The total estimated project value of all selected projects is $400 billion. "As the global crisis deepens, it is these projects -- and the men and women in this room -- who will take the reins, and build us out of this crisis," according to Anderson.

Global Forum Sponsorship: The exclusive Platinum Global Forum sponsor is Patriarch Partners, the distressed asset private equity fund. Gold Global Forum sponsors are ACS (the Spanish infrastructure operator), Alliant (Blackstone Group), The Andean Development Corporation - CAF, ESRI, K&M, Leica, MIGA-World Bank Group, Metro de Madrid, Mexico City, the Dominican Republic, Sterne Agee, Trimble, and the US Department of Energy/Renewables Group. Silver Global Forum sponsors are Nationwide Equipment and PA Consulting.

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. CG/LA will release its Global Infrastructure Rankings during the Global Forum, as well as "Window on 2009 - Building the Future at a Time of Financial Crisis."

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

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