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Infrastructure Financing’s True North

The runaway infrastructure deficit in many emerging economies can be attributed to two simple causes: 1) an increasing need for infrastructure; and 2) the inadequate financing solutions available. And between these, clearly finding adequate financing solutions is more realistic than curtailing the demand for infrastructure.

Unfortunately today, the financing burden principally falls on the laps of governments and ultimately taxpayers. Both stretched, private sector participation is now more crucial than ever. the Asian Development Bank (ADB) estimates private sector financing will have to increase from US$68 billion a year today to US$250 billion a year, over 2016-2020, to fill the gap for developing Asian countries (ex-China).

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