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Bangladesh's power needs bring ADB, AIIB together

Both lenders serving up funds for natural gas infrastructure

A tangle of power lines is testament to Dhaka's rapid, haphazard growth. (Photo by Yuji Kuronuma)

DHAKA -- Look around Asia and it is almost possible to see the region as one vast building project. As much as $26 trillion is expected to be spent on infrastructure over the next 15 years, with power plants, roads, ports and other public facilities popping up everywhere.

But the region's governments cannot raise the money to pay for these improvements by themselves. They will have to rely more on development finance from outside sources.

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