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A critical time to support infrastructure development

By Dennis Blumenfeld

 


On June 26, Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao concluded his tour of Latin America by offering a US$10 billion loan program for infrastructure projects in the region. A commitment of this size will undoubtedly have wide ranging benefits for productivity and growth, although when one compares the size of the pledge to the region’s estimated $200 to $250 billion infrastructure gap, it’s clear that even more needs to be done to meet peoples’ needs.  
 
One way to fill the gap is through public-private partnerships or “PPPs,” long-term contracts between a public-sector body and a private-sector entity for the design, construction operation and maintenance of public infrastructure.

Asian Development Bank brings Infrascope to the Asia-Pacific region

By Dennis Blumenfeld

The Infrascope, an interactive index and learning tool developed by the MIF and the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), evaluates the readiness and capacity of 19 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean to implement  public-private partnership (PPP)  projects in the transport, water and sanitation and electricity sectors. Now, it has crossed the Pacific. 

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