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Asian Development Bank brings Infrascope to the Asia-Pacific region

Por 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. 

Partnership & Innovation with State & Municipal Governments in Brazil

Por Luciano Schweizer


Public-Private Partnerships (PPP) and the MIF are strongly related in Brazil, particularly on subnational levels. The MIF started building up its experience in 2001 with the successful PPP project in the State of Minas Gerais (ATN/MT-8724-BR). Other successful projects followed, one with the Ministry of Planning to support the Brazilian states to implement PPPs (ATN/MT-9587-BR) and the other with the Brazilian Institute of Municipality Administration (IBAM) to foster a new model looking at micro PPPs in the Brazilian municipalities (ATN/ME-11054-BR).

Latin America and the Caribbean: A key destination for Public Private Partnerships

Por David Bloomgarden

In recent months, there have been interesting developments in the world of Public Private Partnerships which will affect how governments manage these programs in the future. I had the opportunity to attend the PPP Days 2012  in Geneva the last week of February to discuss with representatives from over 90 countries.

Although Latin America and the Caribbean were outnumbered by European, African and Asian countries, the region stood out in terms of its global importance in the PPP market worldwide. Between 1990 and 2011, it accounted for 31% of PPPs globally. Latin America and the Caribbean is also the largest destination for PPP investment in the world. We at the Multilateral Investment Fund have been a partner from the beginning for many of the most significant PPP programs in the region including Chile, Brazil, Colombia, and Mexico as well as new and promising PPP programs such as Uruguay – all of which were represented at the conference.

Key issues of the discussion centered on:

  • renewed pressure of the costs of financing,
  • shortened tenors in many private markets, and
  • transparency, governance and accountability.