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Asia-Pacific Development Journal

The Asia-Pacific Development Journal (APDJ) is published twice a year by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific. The primary objective of the APDJ is to provide a platform for the exchange of knowledge, experience, ideas, information and data on all aspects of economic and social development issues and concerns facing the region and aims to stimulate policy debate and assist policy formulation. The APDJ provides a scholarly means for bringing together research work by eminent social scientists and development practitioners from the region and beyond for use by a variety of stakeholders. The Journal aims to stimulate policy debate and assist policy formulation in the region.

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Infrastructure financing, public-private partnerships and development in the Asia-Pacific region

Several studies have shown the significant interlinkage between infrastructure and development among various economies in the Asia-Pacific region. Recognizing the central role of infrastructure in contributing to the improvement of human welfare and achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the present paper looks into the following key areas: (1) status of infrastructure in Asia-Pacific economies and infrastructure financing; (2) evidence linking infrastructure and development; (3) public-private partnership (PPP) as an emerging infrastructure financing scheme for developing economies; and (4) the creation of new financial institutions for infrastructure financing in the region. Overall, the Asia-Pacific region’s large and expanding infrastructure needs may be addressed through various forms of financing. While tax revenues and borrowing will continue to be significant sources of financing for most economies in the region, PPPs and other emerging sources could play a major role in addressing infrastructure gaps.

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