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Asia faces challenges attracting infrastructure investment

Public-private partnerships are key to development projects, but inherent risks hinder private zeal

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Infrastructure investment in Asia through 2030 is estimated to be about $26 trillion.   © Reuters

Asia just doesn't seem to have enough money to pay its infrastructure bills. And as demand for infrastructure development soars, governments are looking to the private sector for funding, but are having a tough time finding takers.

Infrastructure investment in Asia from 2016 through 2030 is estimated to be about $26 trillion, with the private sector expected to foot a large part of the bill. In just 24 counties and regions through 2020 alone, this sector will be asked to invest $250 billion per year. However, there are obvious problems, as private investment in infrastructure development is currently hovering at around $63 billion per year.

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