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12 June 2019 / Asia Pacific,North America,Latin America Caribbean,Middle East,Africa,Europe,Global

Global Public Investor launch 2019

Launch of the 6th annual Global Public Investor: sustainability panel discussion

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21 February 2019 / Asia Pacific

Financing emerging Asia infrastructure

Despite much discussion and effort, private capital is still not playing the role it can or should in financing infrastructure projects in emerging Asia. Increased geopolitical uncertainty and shifts in terms of sources of infrastructure financing, as well as broader trade and political partnerships, are accentuating market sensitivity in the region. In the light of such uncertainty, multilateral institutions such as the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank can bolster public investment, given their ability to lend counter-cyclically and take longer-term exposures.

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18 February 2019 / Global

Geographic inequality

Geographic inequality and the rise of economic hubs

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27 November 2018 / Global

Countries victims of 'ninja' loans

Countries need infrastructure in much the same way that US families needed houses before the 2008 financial crisis. The 'American dream' was to provide everyone with their own home. Similarly, poorer countries dream of infrastructure, to propel them to prosperity. People in the US bought houses through 'no income, no jobs, no assets' ('ninja') loans, unsure of how to reimburse their bank. Countries are doing the same to fund infrastructure projects. Both groups were lured by easy financing conditions.

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14 November 2018 / Africa

Zambia's infrastructure habit

Infrastructure development in Zambia is a powerful tool for swaying public opinion. However, despite its importance to economic growth, it is contentious. Past projects are associated with high costs, opaque tender processes and rising public debt. The tension between development and debt dominates, and the two issues often lead back to China and its funding of Zambian infrastructure projects. In a nation that emerged out of colonialism, fears of its reoccurrence in a different form are well founded.

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07 September 2018 / Global

Changing importance of foreign exchange reserves

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06 September 2018 / Global

'Tokenisation' of infrastructure assets

A large funding gap exists in the infrastructure space. Available funding covers only 10% of sanctioned projects, while 90% of financing for Asian infrastructure projects comes from the public sector. Private sector participation has been prescribed as a remedy for the funding shortfall – but this solution demands a supportive framework to make the assets more tradable and palatable to investors. The 'tokenisation' of assets through blockchain technology can play an important role in developing this structure.

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