Powering Up India: Sovereign Investors Boost Infrastructure Growth

August 14, 2019 by Daniel Brett

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Sovereign investment in Indian infrastructure is surging — and this month is no exception. Over the past few weeks, a slew of fresh investments have emerged, led by headline reports that Canadian public pension fund the Caisse de depot et placement du Québec (CDPQ) is looking to acquire road assets worth $634 million from Delhi-based GR Infraprojects. At the same time, Singaporean sovereign wealth fund GIC has indicated that it is planning to invest $622 million in road and highway assets managed by India’s IRB Infrastructure Developers. The most recent data compiled by the Sovereign Wealth Center (SWC) reveals that sovereign funds’ interest in financing Indian infrastructure has never been stronger. The level of investment this year is already approaching the total amount allocated by sovereigns during 2018: $3.86 billion. In the first half of 2019, India became the biggest single market for sovereign investment in infrastructure, representing…

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