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Infrastructure

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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25 October 2018 / Asia Pacific,North America,Latin America Caribbean,Middle East,Africa,Europe,Global

Central bank digital currencies

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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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08 August 2018 / Global

Pension funds for infrastructure

A gigantic problem bedevils efforts to harness development funds for much-needed infrastructure investment in emerging markets. Massive volumes of financial resources controlled by pension funds and other long-term financial institutions around the world are held back from investment in developing countries because of fears of unmanageable political risk. But improvements could be on the way if the precepts of an 'eminent persons group' assembled by the G20, due to report in coming weeks, are properly implemented.

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27 June 2018 / Asia Pacific

In Conversation: Ephyro Amatong

In Conversation: Ephyro Amatong, Securities and Exchange Commission

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20 June 2018 / Asia Pacific,North America,Latin America Caribbean,Middle East,Africa,Europe

Real Momentum

Global Public Investors and the Real Assets Market

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