Arctic360’s 3rd Annual Arctic Infrastructure Investment Conference: ‘Infrastructure Investment Meets Diplomacy’
Around the Arctic, global geopolitics is transforming the economic, political, and physical landscape at the top of the world. The North American Arctic (Canadian North, Alaska, and Greenland) face many similar challenges and potential opportunities including a wealth of promise to strengthen regional collaboration and cooperation. There is an opportunity to develop new partnerships to help build green, connected, smart, and climate resilient transportation infrastructure that will foster local economic growth and well-being at home and connect the region to domestic and international markets.
We know that creating innovative critical infrastructure able to address the Arctic’s unique challenges is not only possible but- as Canada’s circumpolar neighbours demonstrate – the Arctic has a critical role to play in creating and advancing new technologies and producing the resources that are of global interest and relevance. This includes everything from airship to zero emission transportation, datacentres, SMART cables, automated vehicles and ships, as well as the roads and port infrastructure required to serve them. Add to that, the region’s abundance of natural resources including the critical minerals necessary for the transition to the global renewable energy economy.
Transforming this potential into reality requires vision, planning, and political cooperation to attract national and global capital and forge the kinds of Public-Private-Indigenous partnerships that are integral to strategic, long-term infrastructure projects. The path towards 21st century Arctic transportation infrastructure is where ‘Infrastructure Investment Meets Diplomacy’.