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The CIB is an additional option or tool for governments to invest in their infrastructure projects.
Bringing in private capital to infrastructure funding will allow more projects to be built than with public funds alone. Many domestic and international investors are looking to increased participation in infrastructure to build their long-term portfolios.
This new model is focused on transferring risk to the parties best able to manage it and on building partnerships that address infrastructure needs with new and innovative solutions.
The CIB model encourages innovation and efficiency in meeting infrastructure needs by partnering with the private sector. With their funds at risk, investors will get creative in planning and designing projects to respond to the needs of users, and will consider upfront the best way to manage the infrastructure asset during its entire lifespan.
The CIB model is aimed at mobilizing and leveraging private sector and institutional investment, both domestic and international, and attaching the financial returns to the risks of infrastructure projects. To crowd-in private sector and institutional investment, federal support may be provided at below-market rates or on a subordinated basis.
The CIB has three main functions as a centre of expertise: Advisory, Investments and Data and Information.
The Advisory function supports governments in assessing the suitability of potential projects, and will foster awareness and education about innovative financing models.
The Investment function structures proposals, undertakes due diligence, manages risk transfer, negotiates agreements and supports project delivery as appropriate.
The Data and Information function will report on relevant data to improve analysis and inform investment decision-making.