Infrastructure

Infrastructure investment is a key enabler of sustainable development, economic growth, competitiveness and long-term job creation.

Our Position

Transportation infrastructure is the backbone of a nation’s economy. Economic growth is directly tied to transportation efficiency and reliability. From growth economies where new infrastructure is required, to developed areas where aging networks need improvement, Caterpillar supports investment in transportation, energy, telecommunications, and waste and water treatment infrastructure as a key enabler of sustainable development, economic growth, competitiveness and long-term job creation. 

In order to promote growth, competitiveness and the general well-being of their citizens, governments have a responsibility to maintain appropriate levels of productive investment in infrastructure while providing a level-playing field for private investors and suppliers. Leveraging private investment can bring additional sources of funding, when supported by fair and predictable policies to maximize the certainty and timeliness of financial returns. However, growth-enhancing public investments cannot be fully delegated to the private sector, and public financing should continue to comprise the bulk of infrastructure investment. Governments can influence the affordability of infrastructure through the facilitation of necessary government permits, the reduction of administrative burden and the simplification of related requirements. 

The government role for infrastructure financing is based on national needs including urbanization, commerce, trade policy, travel and emergency.