Background

It is widely recognized that infrastructure is key to economic development. Expanding and upgrading infrastructure in the form of roads, railways, and utility systems has not only improved the competitiveness of firms, but also increased the quality of life for billions of people. Most economic studies concur that infrastructure generally matters for growth and productivity, although some suggest its impact seems greater at lower levels of income (Romp and de Haan 2005; Calderon and Serven 2004). This conference will look at three aspects of infrastructure: finance, quality, and green infrastructure. Firstly, traditional funding sources such as aid and multilateral development bank finance can only cover a small share of overall financing needs. Additional sources of funding therefore need to be explored. Secondly, quality infrastructure offers higher rates of return, but there is a need to expand knowledge and understanding of the main determinants of quality infrastructure. Thirdly, the fight against climate change requires a substantial increase in green infrastructure. The conference will assess the impact of infrastructure and new ways to expand the financing of quality and green infrastructure.

Objectives

To analyze quality and climate change in infrastructure. In particular:

  • The benefits and needs of quality and green infrastructure investment in Asia;
  • Public sector and aid vis-a-vis the private sector as sources of financing green infrastructure needs in Asia;
  • Specific new sources of infrastructure finance, its pros and cons, the impediments and challenges of tapping into these new sources, and how these challenges can be met; and
  • Policy recommendations regarding the role of public-private sector partnerships and new private sector for financing infrastructure projects in developing Asia.

Participants

About 40 policy makers, academics, outside researchers, and the general public.

Output

Better understanding of financing quality and green infrastructure in Asia.

How to register

By invitation only.

Language

English

Partners

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the State Bank of Vietnam

Time of event

Day 1: 09:30 - 18:00
Day 2: 09:30 - 13:00

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