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  • Rehabilitated roads under the Emergency Flood Recovery Project and Flood Rehabilitation Project in Fiji. The projects are helping build damaged infrastructure and revive economic activity in rural areas that were badly affected by floods in January 2009.

    IFR Asia Asian Development Bank Roundtable 2019: Mobilising markets for sustainable infrastructure

    Sustainable infrastructure was high on the agenda at this year’s Asian Development Bank annual meetings in Fiji, where climate change and ocean health have a pronounced impact on everyday life. The capital markets are also showing a growing interest in sustainable development, but Asia is still a long way from harnessing the market’s full potential.

  • IFR Asia Asian Development Bank Roundtable 2019: Part 1

    IFR ASIA: Welcome everyone. I’m going to ask KathArine to frame this discussion for us at the start. Why is financing sustainable infrastructure so relevant to this part of the world?

  • IFR Asia Asian Development Bank Roundtable 2019: Part 2

    IFR ASIA: The deal we’ve just been talking about from Clifford Capital was in US dollars. If you try to bring project financings to the local capital markets, who are the investors there? Where does the money come from?

  • The Fijian Islands of Viti Levu and Vanua Levu (R) are seen in this image captured by Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite.

    Asian Development Bank 2019: A sustainable future

    Sustainability is a key concern for Fiji, the host of this year’s Asian Development Bank annual meetings. Its low-lying outer islands are under threat from rising sea levels as a result of climate change, and ocean plastics and overfishing are a growing risk to its revenues.

  • ADB President Takehiko Nakao addresses delegates at the 51st ADB Annual Meeting in Manila on 4 May 2018.

    Paying it forward

    After winning support for his vision for the next decade last year, ADB President Takehiko Nakao is building consensus around changes to loan pricing and concessional funding.

  • A chef holds the head of a bluefin tuna after cutting its meat at a sushi restaurant in Tokyo.

    A bigger fish

    The ADB is investing more in bonds and equities across Asia as it looks to double support for the region’s private sector over the next five years.

  • In search of new partners

    The ADB is facing something of an existential crisis. Its traditional sources of funding – shareholder contributions and donations from higher-income governments – are drying up at the same time as the region’s needs are changing radically.

  • Motorcyclists pass a damaged section of a road following an earthquake in Meureudu, Pidie Jaya, in the northern province of Aceh, Indonesia.

    Crisis capital

    Catastrophe bonds can play a role in disaster risk management for emerging Asia, where natural disasters often cause an outsized hit on a country’s GDP.

  • Local currency issuance on the rise

    The ADB is ramping up its presence in Asia’s local currency bond markets.

  • India’s debt reforms delight borrowers

    More Indian companies are heading overseas in search of funding after the country’s central bank relaxed its long-standing restrictions on offshore borrowing.

  • A container ship is pictured docked at the Colombo South Harbor during its opening ceremony in Colombo.

    Risk review

    China’s Belt and Road Initiative had been billed as a big boost to Asian infrastructure financing, but growing resistance to Xi Jinping’s vision has cast doubt over its ability to mobilise additional funds for development.

  • New World Bank boss vows to keep climate goals, evolve China relationship

    New World Bank President David Malpass said he would not alter the lender’s commitment to fight climate change, but pledged to step up its anti-poverty mission and to evolve the bank’s relationship with China.

  • Solar powered houses are pictured in Ota, 80km northwest of Tokyo.

    Developed roots

    Japan has led the world in financing for social causes, but Asia’s biggest capital market has been slow to embrace green finance. That attitude is changing as issuers and investors respond to the government’s ambitious energy policy.

  • Asian banks embrace sustainability

    Sustainable finance is taking root in Asia’s bank loan market as lenders step up their focus on environmental and social investments and industry associations introduce additional protocols to standardise market practices.

  • Fiji players celebrate with their trophy after beating New Zealand to win in the final of the Hong Kong Sevens rugby tournament in Hong Kong.

    Thinking big

    Rugby-mad Fiji is flying the flag for the Pacific nations and raising awareness of the impact of climate change. Channelling investment to the remote region, however, remains a challenge.

  • Blue bonds promote ocean health

    The concept of a ‘Blue bond’ is catching on after the small island state of the Seychelles priced the first deal of its kind in October.

  • Paragliders fly in the sky attempting to break a record in Gunung Payung, Badung regency, Bali, Indonesia.

    IFR Asia Outlook for Asian Credit Roundtable 2019: Clearer skies

    The skies have cleared, and Asian credit is on a roll. After the end of 2018 produced one of the stormiest periods in years, the retreat of major headwinds has helped cement a solid backdrop for Asian bonds at the start of 2019. The US Federal Reserve has slammed the brakes on monetary tightening, trade tensions have subsided for now, and market stability has become a top priority for China as it wrestles with deleveraging its economy.

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