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Manila to host infrastructure financing conference

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PHILIPPINE STAR/MICHAEL VARCAS

THE Philippines will host an Asia-Pacific infrastructure financing conference on Aug. 7-9, the Public-Private Partnership (PPP) Center said.

The conference follows the first in China’s Guizhou province in September.

“UNESCAP (The United Nations Economic And Social Commission For Asia And The Pacific) identified the Philippines as having a mature environment for PPP so they made us their local partner,” Emerson Kim J. Lineses, head of the PPP Center’s Knowledge Management Division told BusinessWorld by phone on Friday.

Presentations planned for the event include a briefing on the Clark International Airport Expansion project by the Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA), Mr. Lineses said.

He said delegates will be discussing innovative financing vehicles like green bonds as well as the investment climate for such issues.

“We invited the International Finance Corp. of the World Bank to present on that,” he said.




Expected to send representatives are Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Iran, Kazakhstan, Nepal, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Sri Lanka, Tajikistan, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Uzbekistan, Vietnam and Namibia.

UNESCAP, as well as the PPP Center are organizing the event alongside the China PPP Center. — Beatrice M. Laforga

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