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Infrastructure Financing: Trends, Challenges, and Way Forward

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Governments all over the world want to spend more on infrastructure to lay the foundation for sustained and inclusive growth. India is no exception. It realizes that more needs to be spent on infrastructure for the country to regain its position as the fastest growing large economy in the world. India has spent about 7.2% of its GDP on infrastructure during the Eleventh Plan period (2008-12). The current expenditure has come down to approximately 5%. The speaker discusses various aspects of infrastructure financing in detail, with a major section devoted to green financing of infrastructure.

About the Speakers

G Raghuram

Raghuram is a Professor (Emeritus) of Chanakya University and the Gujarat Maritime University. He is visiting faculty at IIM Ahmedabad, IIM Bangalore, Gati Shakti Vishwavidyalaya and Gujarat National
Law University. He is associated with the Akshaya Patra Foundation and the Infrastructure Vision Foundation.

He has been Director, IIM Bangalore, from February 2017 to July 2020. Prior to that, he was Professor and Chairperson of the Public Systems Group at IIMA. He has been Dean (Faculty), IIMA; Vice-Chancellor of the Indian Maritime University and Indian Railways Chair Professor at IIMA.

He specializes in infrastructure and transport systems, and logistics and supply chain management. He conducts research on the railway, port, shipping, aviation, and road sectors. He has been part of various government policy making and advisory committees, and Boards of companies, higher educational and social institutions and continues to be on some.

Kumar V Pratap

Kumar V Pratap is a former IES Secretary to the Government of India. Prior to that he has served at various departments at various capacities in the Government of India. He was also a visiting professor at the Indian School of Business and also delivered talks at various reputed national and international institutes.

He formulated certain important policies of the government and as his capacity of being a member was was instrumental in preparing India's first National Infrastructure Pipeline. He led the Indian delegation at the G20 Infrastructure Working Group meetings (2018-2020) and contributed extensively to the G20 Principles for Quality Infrastructure Investment. He was also on the Board of Directors of many national and international companies of repute. He has published extensively both in journals and books.

Kamalkishore C Jani

Kamalkishore C. Jani Is presently associated with some Companies ( GHCL, HTL, NHB) as Independent Director. Prior to that he was the ED of IDBI. He served IDBI for 34 years. Also he served other companies viz Saurashtra Chemicals, Gujarat State Financial Corporation etc.

He is a regular faculty to IDBI's staff college at Hyderabad and visiting faculty at IIT, Roorkee, IIFM, Mumbai, SSA College of Management, Silvassa , Institute of Cost Accountants of India.

He was awarded Outstanding Alumnus Award from Dharmsinh Desai University Alumni Association, Nadiad in 2012 and holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Chemical).

Partha Mukhopadhyay

Partha Mukhopadhyay joined CPR in 2006. He was previously part of the founding team at the Infrastructure Development Finance Company (IDFC), focusing on private participation in infrastructure. In previous positions, he has been with the Export Import Bank of India, and with the World Bank in Washington. He has been on the faculty at Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, Xavier Labour Relations Institute, Jamshedpur and the School of Planning and Architecture in Delhi. He has published extensively, writes frequently for the national media and has also been associated with a number of government committees. Most recently, he was chair of the Working Group on Migration, Government of India and member of the High Level Railway Restructuring Committee, Ministry of Railways and of the Technical Advisory Committee of the Ministry of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation. He has previously been associated with the Committee on Allocation of Natural Resources and with the Prime Minister’s Task Force on Infrastructure. He also serves on the Scientific Advisory Council of LIRNEasia, Colombo.

Praveen Mahto

Mr. Praveen Mahto is currently working as Principal Economic Adviser in the Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade. He is a 1992 batch Indian Economic Service officer and has over 32 years of experience in diverse areas, including project appraisal and monitoring, agriculture trade policy matters in the World Trade Organization (WTO), Public Private Partnership (PPP) models, rural development issues and Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise (MSME) policies. Previously, Mr. Mahto has worked at key positions in Department of Rural Development, Department of Commerce, NITI Aayog, Ministry of MSME and Ministry of Finance. During this period, he was closely associated with the Committee to Study the Performance of States and Governance Issues in MGNREGA, PM’s Task Force Report on MSME sector, India’s proposal on WTO reforms, and the Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) and Hybrid Annuity Models for implementing highway projects.

Subhomoy Bhattacharjee

Subhomoy Bhattacharjee is an Adjunct Faculty at OP Jindal Global University, Sonipat His areas of interest are public policy, primarily finance, energy and urban issues.

He has worked in the Govt of India as part of Indian Information Service & has since moved to The Economic Times, Indian Express & Financial Express newspapers. He is a Consulting Editor at the Business Standard newspaper.

He has published widely in journals and books. His recent book "India’s Coal Story”, provides a critically detailed analysis on how India’s coal industry fuelled the British Empire in Asia but today remains on the verge of collapse. Presently he is working on his next book that sketches the conflicting role of political and permanent executives in the government, for framing public policy.

A commentator on business television channels Subhamoy also comments on current economic issues regularly at On Point with Subhomoy Bhattacharjee in YouTube.