I very much enjoyed Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala (“global leader, economist, policy maker and thinker on Finance and Economic Development“) who was on the BBC World Service – Business Daily, January 20th 2017.

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She discusses Trump, Africa, Climate Change, China, Millennials, and discusses Green Infrastructure from from 6:19-7:33 in the linked recording below. I have transcribed this section below:

“A really important point I want to make. We can have a solution that solves the three key problems that are facing the world today:

  1. How to re-ignite global growth,
  2. How to manage the issue of climate. And,
  3. How to deliver of the sustainable development goals

Through the financing of sustainable infrastructure we can have an answer to these three major problems that the globe faces.

$90 trillion is needed in the next 15 years to finance infrastructure globally. That is a good stimulus to re-ignite growth by paying attention to green infrastructure.

We can actual solve problems of poverty, inclusion, as well as growth. They are not diametrically opposed to each other as some would think.

And you know the interesting thing is that two thirds of this infrastructure will be built in developing countries; they can really be a lead in the type sustainable infrastructure that is low carbon because they have green field. So much is to be done that they can do it well, they don’t have to repeat the old mistakes the developed countries made in the past, we can do it in a climate responsible manner.”

Here is a link to the whole episode if you’d like to listen.

 

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