Financing emerging Asia infrastructure, Geographic inequality and the rise of economic hubs

Banking, Comment, Finance — By on February 21, 2019 at 7:10 AM

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Commentary: Financing emerging Asia infrastructure

By Jang Ping Thia in Beijing

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.

Read the full commentary on the website.

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Podcast: Financial instability series – Geographic inequality and the rise of economic hubs

Ede Ijjasz-Vasquez, senior director of the World Bank Group’s Social, Urban, Rural and Resilience global practice, speaks with Pierre Ortlieb, economist at OMFIF.

They discuss urbanisation and investment, including the nature of public assets, the potential of urban wealth funds, and innovative forms of financing like land value capture.

Listen to the recording, or search for OMFIF on your smartphone’s podcast app.

 

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