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Do Sound Infrastructure Governance and Regulation Affect Productivity Growth? New Insights from Firm Level Data

Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development  
Policy Initiative: Sustainable Infrastructure
28. June 2020

Measuring the quality of governance and regulation in various ways and focusing on energy, transport and telecommunications, this paper shows that both sound governance of infrastructure investment and pro-competitive regulation in network industries are associated with stronger productivity growth in firms operating downstream. Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development | Do Sound Infrastructure Governance and Regulation Affect Productivity Growth? New Insights from Firm Level Data

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The International Energy Agency Sees a Post-Coronavirus Renewable Future, Asia May Not

Reuters  
Policy Initiative: Sustainable Infrastructure -- Neu
19. June 2020

The International Energy Agency (IEA) has laid out a compelling path on how governments can use the recovery from the novel coronavirus recession to switch to renewable energies and help meet global climate change goals. The trick is going to be getting Asian countries to follow the road map. The IEA outlined how countries could accelerate the deployment of low-carbon electricity such as solar and wind, increase the use of cleaner transport options and improve energy efficiency in the Sustainable Recovery…

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The Mighty Effort to Save the USD 3.6 Trillion Global Infrastructure Market

Forbes  
Policy Initiative: Sustainable Infrastructure -- Neu
19. June 2020

The USD 3.6 trillion annual global infrastructure market is one of the most important, complex, challenging - and potentially rewarding - markets in the world. It is also deeply in crisis from the Coronavirus epidemic. Those are the conclusions that I draw from the World Bank’s Annual Report on Global Economic Prospects (released 8 June 2020), which shows developed economy GDP declining by 7 percent this year, with overall global GDP declining 5.5 percent. Recovery to 2019 levels is pushed out through 2022 in…

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Power up: Investing in Infrastructure to Drive Sustainable Growth in Emerging Markets

Swiss Re Institute  
Policy Initiative: Sustainable Infrastructure -- Neu
19. June 2020

Beyond the global recession shock inflicted by the COVID-19 pandemic this year, emerging markets are forecast to grow by around 4.4 percent annually over the next decade, slower than the yearly average of 5.5 percent in 2010-19. Against the weaker growth backdrop, emerging economies need to improve productivity. Here counter cyclical investment in infrastructure can play a key role. Traditionally, emerging markets have relied mostly on public funding for their infrastructure needs. With government budgets under strain, the private sector will play…

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Transformative Climate Finance : A New Approach for Climate Finance to Achieve Low-Carbon Resilient Development in Developing Countries

World Bank Group  
Policy Initiative: Sustainable Finance -- Neu
19. June 2020

This  report analyses options to make international public climate finance more transformative. The report identifies eight sets of levers to drive climate action: project-based investments, financial sector reform, fiscal policy, sectoral policies, trade policy, innovation and technology transfer, carbon markets, and climate intelligence. It then examines how climate finance is deployed to address barriers to action for each lever and derives general principles for transformative climate finance based on this analysis relating to allocation of climate finance, use of different…

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Emerging Markets: Assessment of Hard-Currency Bond Market

International Finance Corporation  
Policy Initiative: Sustainable Finance -- Neu
19. June 2020

At the time of this writing, economies across the globe are dealing with the challenges from the COVID-19 pandemic, and emerging market economies that have less room for fiscal and monetary maneuvering could potentially be hit hard by the crisis. For the eventual economic recovery, however, governments and issuers may see green and social bonds as a way of meeting environmental goals, mitigating the negative health and socioeconomic impacts, building sustainable financial systems, and transitioning to a more balanced world…

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Global Future Council on Infrastructure: Six Qualities of Sustainable Infrastructure

World Economic Forum  
Policy Initiative: Sustainable Infrastructure
15. June 2020

The power that infrastructure has to affect economies and societies is enormous. Infrastructure undergirds commercial life, provides vital social services, and supports human interaction around the world and across the street. Increasingly, however, decision-makers and experts are looking to infrastructure to move from supporting the world, to shaping the world. Leaders in the public and private sector are becoming ever more aware of the importance of building a more economically, socially and environmentally sustainable world. But this world cannot be…

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How the World Bank is Looking at COVID-19 and Public-Private Partnerships, Right Now and Post-Crisis

World Bank  
Policy Initiative: Sustainable Infrastructure
12. June 2020

Last month, the World Bank kicked off a marathon of brainstorming sessions with national PPP units and government representatives across the globe to get a sense of how COVID-19 (the coronavirus) is affecting their PPP programs. The intention is to proactively support countries as they put in place crisis management and recovery strategies to prevent, mitigate, and backstop distressed PPP projects. While the World Bank surging to address COVID-19, this is part of an integrated approach to help mobilize private…

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