Rome, 24 September 2021 - A strong push for investment in quality, sustainable and digital infrastructure in a collaborative effort between public and private stakeholders to guide and strengthen the post-Covid-19 global economic recovery efforts even in light of taking in consideration also environmental challenges. This was the main message that emerged from the two-day working session of the D20 Long-Term Investors Club (D20-LTIC), the international club of long-term investors that met in Rome and that the Italian G20 Presidency has recognised as a key partner in the area of long-term investments.
Established in 2009 by the European Investment Bank (EIB), Cassa Depositi e Prestiti (CDP), the Caisse des dépôts et consignations (CDC-France) and the Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau (KfW-Germany), the D20-LTIC currently brings together long-term institutional investors from around the world representing combined assets of over 5,400 billion dollars (4,600 billion euro), equivalent to almost 8% of the G20 countries' GDP.
During yesterday's D20-LTIC Steering Committee meeting and today's high-level international conference, promoted by D20-LTIC and CDP in collaboration with the Italian G20 Presidency, B20 (Business) and T20 (Think Tanks), large investors have renewed their commitment to play their part in the post-pandemic economic recovery together with governments and the private sector.
Participating in today's conference entitled Financing Infrastructure for the Recovery: The Role of Public-Private Cooperation to Ensure a Long-Term Sustainable Growth were, among others, the European Commissioner for Economic and Monetary Affairs Paolo Gentiloni, the Italian Minister of Economy and Finance Daniele Franco, the Minister of Sustainable Infrastructures and Mobility Enrico Giovannini, Minister of Ecological Transition Roberto Cingolani, the Minister of Finance of Indonesia Sri Mulyani Indrawati, D20-LTIC and European Investment Bank (EIB) President Werner Hoyer, OECD Secretary-General Mathias Cormann, B20 Chair Emma Marcegaglia, Chair of the T20 Infrastructure Task Force Francesco Profumo, President and CEO of CDP Giovanni Gorno Tempini and Dario Scannapieco.
The D20-LTIC, coordinated by CDP, approved the D20 Statement 2021, which is the main document enabling the Club of Long-Term Investors to make a concrete contribution to the discussions at the forthcoming G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors Meeting, presenting a series of ideas and recommendations aimed at increasing the opportunities for investment and co-investment in sustainable infrastructure by National Promotion Institutions (such as CDP and its counterparts), Multilateral Banks (such as the EIB) and private investors.
The conference also brought together, for the first time, the long-term investors (D20-LTIC), the private sector (B20) and the Think Tanks (T20) to discuss public-private cooperation in infrastructure, including the signing of a Joint Statement containing a set of common recommendations for G20 governments.
Three main recommendations were adopted in the two statements and directed at the G20 members:
Investment, both in new infrastructure and in maintenance of existing one, the latter particularly in advanced economies, plays a crucial role in overcoming the challenges posed by climate change, inequality and lack of inclusiveness. Sustainability and digitisation will be central to the joint efforts to finance infrastructure design, construction, and maintenance.
The Steering Committee also officially announced two new members of the D20-LTIC Club which expanded its membership from 21 to 23 members with the addition of Korea Exim Bank and Korea Development Bank (South Korea). It has been also made official the appointment of the new D20-LTIC Secretary General, Enrico Petrocelli, CDP Head of International Institutional Relations, who follows Marjut Falkstedt, EIB Secretary General.
Cassa Depositi e Prestiti today announced it will host on the 19th and 20th of October in Rome the Finance in Common Summit second edition, the international assembly of national development banks.
The President of the European Investment Bank and the D20 Long-Term Investors Club, Werner Hoyer, declared: "At the D20-LTIC Summit, which brings together publicly mandated financial institutions from all over the world, we stressed the need to accelerate and increase investments, particularly in infrastructure and climate, to ensure a robust recovery from the COVID-19 emergency and a green and sustainable transition. The health and economic crisis caused by the pandemic has shown that we will not achieve our climate goals with today's technologies. We need to invest in radical innovations, and we need to make clean technologies accessible to developing countries. We cannot wait any longer. We must be bold, ambitious and we need to act now. Rarely has the coordination of global policies been so important. By working together, in partnership within the D-20 LTIC and in conjunction with the Italian G20 Presidency, we can make a difference.”
The Chairman of Cassa Depositi e Prestiti, Giovanni Gorno Tempini, commented: "Created to discuss activities and policies that could facilitate long-term investment, the D20-LTIC is now a global economic and social reference point. The 2021 Summit that CDP is honoured to host in Rome, in conjunction with Italy's G20 presidency and alongside partners of the highest calibre, is an important opportunity for an international debate on how the Next Generation EU programme will translate into concrete investments. Public-private partnerships, supported by institutional investors such as CDP, will play a crucial role in bridging the global gap between the infrastructure investments already allocated and those needed to meet climate neutrality and sustainable development targets. To this end, long-term investors, the private sector and think tanks have come together to support the initiatives of G20 governments and to make a tangible contribution to improving investment in physical and digital infrastructure”.