Private sector finance in Asia

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The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has taken a real interest in private sector finance, releasing a publication earlier this year called Private Sector Finance: Catalyzing Private Investment in the Asia and Pacific Region. The ADB argues that a lot of their work revolves around building confidence: institutions across Asia are awash with liquidity. This is a situation that evokes an underlying problem—the absence of investor confidence. The absence of investor confidence continues to ail most developing economies, as investors remain wary of risks that abound across the region. This is where the strategic role of ADB lies.

They have their work cut out for them. The Institute of International Finance has some harrowing predictions for private capital flows to emerging Asia - a falloff to $64.9 billion in 2009 from $314.8 billion in 2007, a drop of nearly 80% in two years. This places it behind only emerging Europe in percentage terms.



Ryan Hahn

Operations Officer

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