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Financing Regional Digital Infrastructures in the South: Development Banks, Funds and Other Policy Options

UNCTAD Research Paper No. 38

The key question this paper addresses is how national governments of a regional grouping can act collectively to finance regional digital infrastructures. The paper suggests that sub-regional development banks could provide long-term finance and play a coordination role where needed. However, their financing capacity is limited, when contrasted with the scale of needs. A way forward is to inject more capital into these banks and create funds for regional digital infrastructure.


Keywords: south-south cooperation, development banks, digital infrastructures, regional integration
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