Summary of Risk Mitigation Instruments in Infrastructure

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Emerging countries desperately need infrastructure investment. But private lenders are often reluctant to step up because of the associated risks, especially of the political variety. This dense but informative World Economic Forum report analyzes how existing “risk mitigation instruments” could help correct the shortcomings in infrastructure finance and prod private sector lenders to help fund this critical gap. getAbstract recommends this revealing study to project financiers, investors and others interested in infrastructure finance.

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Emerging countries require dependable transportation systems, extensive communication networks and reliable power generation to integrate into the global economy and improve their citizens’ lives. But infrastructure spending shortfalls run into the trillions of dollars. Conventional public borrowing for projects is not often possible for financially stressed countries. Alternatives are public-private partnerships (PPPs) and privatizations of public assets. Both look for long-term funding from international financial institutions (IFIs) like the Asian Infrastructure and Investment Bank and the New Development Bank. These entities...

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