BEIJING, Sep. 17, 2021

Applying a Climate Framework to Capital Markets

Calvin Quek

In August this year, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released the first contribution to the Sixth Assessment Report on Climate Change.

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BEIJING, Sep. 15, 2021

Achieving Sustainable Infrastructure for a Post-COVID World

Daniel Wagner, Thomas Walenta

The COVID-19 pandemic and resulting global economic crisis represent an enormous challenge for most national infrastructure networks in such key sectors as energy, transport, and water.

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BEIJING, Sep. 07, 2021

Making an Impact in Asian Infrastructure

Dong-lk (Don) Lee

Environmental Finance spoke with the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank's (AIIB) Director General Dong-Ik Lee, about the bank's Sustainable Capital Markets Initiative (SCMI) and its approach to environmental, social and governance (ESG) integration and engagement.

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BEIJING, Sep. 06, 2021

Making Every Drop Count: How AIIB is Building Infrastructure for Tomorrow in Indonesia’s Water Sector

David Ginting

With more than 270 million people as of 2021, Indonesia is the largest country in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in terms of economy and population.

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BEIJING, Aug. 24, 2021

AIIB’s Climate Finance Focus

Daniel Wagner

The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank’s (AIIB’s) mission is to finance Infrastructure for Tomorrow (i4t), which unlocks new capital and technologies while creating new ways to address climate change and connect Asia with the rest of the world.

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BEIJING, Aug. 19, 2021

Mobilizing Private Capital
for the Energy Transition in Asia

Thomas Walenta, David Morgado

The global energy system will have to undergo a major structural transformation in a very short period to meet the climate goals under the Paris Agreement.

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BEIJING, Aug. 10, 2021

Giving Power to Others: How AIIB Is Strengthening Power Distribution in Indonesia

Ziwei Liao

Electricity demand has been a key driver of Indonesia’s economic growth, the largest economy in Southeast Asia having maintained an annual growth rate of around five percent over the past five years.

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BEIJING, Aug. 04, 2021

Harnessing the Power of the Sun and Investors for Oman’s Energy Sector

Victor Salgado

Roughly 300 kilometers west of Muscat just off the Buraimi–Ibri Highway, the largest utility-scale solar park in Oman is nearing completion.

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BEIJING, July 16, 2021

The COVID-19 Pandemic’s Impact on Infrastructure

Daniel Wagner

In the past three decades, Indonesia, Vietnam, and the Philippines have experienced rapid economic development from a young and growing demographics, increasingly educated and affluent populations, and expanding consumer markets.

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BEIJING, July 02, 2021

Infrastructure for Tomorrow: Advancing Connectivity in Southeast Asia

Pieter Bakker

In the past three decades, Indonesia, Vietnam, and the Philippines have experienced rapid economic development from a young and growing demographics, increasingly educated and affluent populations, and expanding consumer markets.

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BEIJING, July 01, 2021

The Importance of Achieving Global Risk Agility

Daniel Wagner

A number of risks that occurred sporadically in previous decades now occur with regularity and have become a permanent part of the global risk management mosaic.

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BEIJING, June 30, 2021

Multilateral Cooperation in the Time of Vaccine Shortage

Hun Kim

Before the COVID-19 pandemic, we believed that we were living in the world of well-functioning multilateralism.

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BEIJING, June 23, 2021

Starting Things Right: Meet the Specialists Who Promote Best Environmental and Social Practices in AIIB Projects

Maricris Jan Tobias

Financing Infrastructure for Tomorrow (i4t) can be challenging, but success begins with good project preparation.

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BEIJING, June 18, 2021

Planning for the Future and Avoiding Stranded Assets

David Morgado, Dr. Ben Caldecott

Stranded assets are assets that have suffered from unanticipated or premature write-downs, devaluations, or conversion to liabilities.

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BEIJING, June 15, 2021

From Delhi to Meerut: A Journey of Connectivity

Amit Kumar

The growing population of India’s National Capital Region (NCR) is expected to overtake that of Tokyo to become the world’s most populated city in the next 10 years.

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BEIJING, May 18, 2021

Erik Berglof and Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala on Investing in Global Health and Lessons from the COVID-19 Pandemic

Abigail Wright

The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed weaknesses in public health systems across the world and reinforced the need to develop sustainable, inclusive and resilient health infrastructure—the backbone of global health security.

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BEIJING, May 14, 2021

Resettlement and Impact of the Mymensingh Kewatkhali Bridge Project in Bangladesh

Natalia Carla Sanz, Somnath Basu

The Mymensingh Kewatkhali Bridge Project in Bangladesh has great potential to drive positive outcomes for the local community and the country’s economy.

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BEIJING, May 10, 2021

Water from Air: Climate Resilience with Lightsmith

Thomas Walenta

With extreme weather spotlighting the arrival of climate change, a unique new growth capital partnership is overtaking its peers to expedite adaptation to solve the problem.

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BEIJING, May 07, 2021

Infrastructure: An Important Link in the Supply Chain

Jang Ping Thia

What were your thoughts when you first saw the images of the large container ship Ever Given stranded at the Suez, blocking hundreds of others in the process? Some of us worried about supplies of coffee, toilet paper or the likes.

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BEIJING, May 06, 2021

Leveraging Strong Partnerships to Drive ESG Investing in Asia and Beyond

Jingyi Zhang, Thomas Walenta

The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) partnered with Aberdeen Standard Investments (ASI) in 2018 to build a sustainable environmental, social and governance (ESG) ecosystem in the debt capital markets in emerging Asia.

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BEIJING, May 03, 2021

Accelerating Coordinated Actions for Vaccine Deployment

Rachid Benmessaoud, Fan Hu

More than a year into the COVID-19 pandemic, the world has seen enormous coordinated international efforts to deal with this public health emergency.

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BEIJING, April 29, 2021

Applying Best Environmental and Social Practices to AIIB Projects

Michaela S. Bergman

Located along the southern coastline of Lombok, an island in Indonesia close to Bali, the Mandalika Tourism Project is a far-reaching undertaking by the Indonesia Tourism Development Corporation (ITDC) to create a tourist destination that will make the most of the island’s white sandy beaches while also maintaining the natural beauty and culture of the area.

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BEIJING, April 23, 2021

AIIB Chief Economist Fireside Chat with Sir Jeremy Farrar

Abigail Wright

One of the weak links on the global production chain that COVID-19 exposed is social infrastructure, which has suffered from chronic underinvestment in many countries at various income levels.

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BEIJING, April 20, 2021

EBRD and AIIB: Creating Synergies to Achieve Joint Clean Energy Goals

Petr Konstantinov

Last April 6, 2021, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) signed a co-financing framework agreement (CFA) which laid the foundation for future joint activity.

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BEIJING, Dec. 15, 2020

Keeping the Lights On in AIIB During COVID-19: Treasury

Domenico Nardelli

As 2020 (finally) draws to a close, it is time to reflect on how the Treasury Department of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) fared through this incredibly challenging year.

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BEIJING, Dec. 01, 2020

More Connected Lenders, Lower Spreads – Key Developments in the Syndicated Loan Market

Jang Ping Thia, Jingyu Gao, Xinyu Kong, AIIB Economics Department

The syndicated loan market is a large funding market for corporate or project financing. The sharing of lending across the syndicate of lenders allows for greater diversification, thereby overcoming individual lenders’ risk, liquidity or other constraints.

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BEIJING, Oct. 27, 2020

Recent FDI Trends in Infrastructure and Outlook

Anne Ong Lopez, Jiaqi Su

Foreign direct investment (FDI) is an important source of external financing, technological spillovers, and productivity.

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BEIJING, Aug. 07, 2020

A Green Super Grid for Asia—Renewable Energy Without Borders

David Morgado

This article builds on Chapter 4.3 of Asian Infrastructure Finance 2019: Bridging Borders: Infrastructure to Connect Asia and Beyond (2019, AIIB and EIU), which discussed the green imperative and developing interconnected low-carbon power networks in Asia.

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BEIJING, July 28, 2020

Empowering the Technology Layer of Infrastructure

Paul Lam, Strategy, Policy and Budget Department, Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank

Despite All the Benefits, Why Is the Infrastructure Sector Lagging in Utilizing Digital Technologies?

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BEIJING, July 22, 2020

Strengthening Healthcare to Revive Tourism

Aalok Pandey, Xinyu Kong, Jiaqi Su

Tourism is one of the sectors that was hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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BEIJING, July 20, 2020

Climate Change Investment Framework to Unlock Climate Aligned Capital Markets

Stefen Shin, Jingyi Zhang, Joanne Khew

In the face of growing global mobilization to fight climate change, policy makers and regulators have started to take action.

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BEIJING, June 23, 2020

The Wave of Covid Bonds

Anne Ong Lopez, Xinyu Kong, AIIB Economics Unit

Developing and developed countries alike are in a tough spot due to COVID-19.

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BEIJING, June 09, 2020

Impact of COVID-19 on the EPC Sector in Asia: Outlook Remains Robust for the Infrastructure Sector

Aalok Pandey, Irem Kizilca, Xinyu Kong, AIIB Economist Unit

COVID-19 has caused disruptions in every sector imaginable, and it has not spared the infrastructure construction sector.

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BEIJING, May 29, 2020

First Came Cancellations, Then Came Stimulus Tracking Infrastructure Sentiments Through COVID-19 Using (Big) Textual Data

Jingyu Gao, AIIB Economics Unit

As the COVID-19 pandemic unfolds across the world, infrastructure development has undoubtedly been impacted. However, timely consolidated data on infrastructure developments and sentiments are often lacking.

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BEIJING, May 20, 2020

COVID-19, Infrastructure and Women

Michaela Bergman, Irish Fe Aguilar, Elena Nikolova

As we have seen, the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic are not gender-neutral, with the majority of frontline health and care workers being women and the increase in gender-based violence.

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BEIJING, May 19, 2020

ESG: Safe Haven in Times of Crises?

Joanne Khew, Anne Ong Lopez, Jiaqi Su, Calvin Quek, Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank

There is perhaps no better litmus test of investor confidence and resolve than in a crisis, and so it is true of the current COVID-19 pandemic.

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BEIJING, May 15, 2020

Going from an in-person culture to a virtual culture overnight. A lot has changed in six weeks.

Laurel Ostfield

Being based in China, AIIB was part of the first wave to take extraordinary measures to close our headquarters due to COVID-19 for the safety of our staff.

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BEIJING, May 07, 2020

Unequal Disruptions: The Digital Divide During COVID-19

Jingyu Gao, Anne Ong Lopez, Abhijit Sen Gupta, Jiaqi Su, Economics Unit, AIIB

Social distancing and lockdowns are key features of COVID-19 preventative strategy today. For people with access to the internet via either fixed broadband or mobile network, technology is a given.

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BEIJING, April 30, 2020

Bringing E-Commerce to High Speed via Good Ground Infrastructure and Logistics

Anne Ong Lopez, Abhijit Sen Gupta, Jiaqi Su, Economics Unit, AIIB

As concerns over the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic peaked across different countries in late-February and early-March 2020 and trips to brick and mortar stores were curtailed, e-commerce sales experienced a significant acceleration.

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BEIJING, April 23, 2020

Historic Low Oil Prices—Not an Immediate Threat to Renewables, But World Must Not Lose Green Momentum

Aalok Pandey, David Morgado

An unintended consequence of COVID-19 has been a collapse in oil prices. Amidst low demand and uncertainty, West Texas Intermediate, the US oil benchmark, slumped to negative USD37.63 per barrel (pb), below zero for the first time in history.

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BEIJING, April 21, 2020

Revitalizing Aging Infrastructure—
The Growing Need for Hydropower Modernization in Asia

David Morgado

Hydropower has and continues to make an essential contribution to increasing energy access, boosting prosperity and meeting climate targets.

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BEIJING, April 16, 2020

Bond Rush

Jang Ping Thia, Marcin Sasin, Xinyu Kong, Economics Unit, AIIB

Globally, the corporate sector is raising record amounts of cash through the bond market during the pandemic

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BEIJING, April 15, 2020

Airport Infrastructure—Facing Delays but Can Recover

Irem Kizilca, Economics Unit, AIIB

The air transport sector has been one of the sectors most significantly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, due to travel restrictions and lockdowns, and airports are likely to be the hardest hit infrastructure class.

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BEIJING, April 10, 2020

China’s Economy Recovering;
Global COVID-19 Efforts Needed

Jingyu Gao, Xinyu Kong, Jiaqi Su, Economics Unit, AIIB

Since the Jan. 23, 2020 Wuhan lockdown, financial institutions have been assessing COVID-19’s impact and revising their forecasts on China.

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BEIJING, April 03, 2020

Avoiding Protectionism During a Pandemic: Countries Need to Adapt, Work Together

Anne Ong Lopez and the Economics Unit, AIIB

As borders close to contain COVID-19, another door begins to shut—global trade in medical goods.

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BEIJING, April 01, 2020

Battery Storage—The Missing Piece in the Energy Transition Puzzle

Wei Huang

Today, we are seeing a record-breaking number of renewable energy installations making headlines across Asia, not only in developed markets such as China and India, but also in upcoming markets such as Viet Nam and Turkey.

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BEIJING, March 17, 2020

Reopening Our Doors
in the Wake of COVID-19

Laurel Ostfield

The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) reopened its headquarters on March 16, 2020, ending a remote work protocol that was enacted in response to COVID-19.

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BEIJING, March 04, 2020

Infrastructure: Embracing Technology to Improve Efficiency and Create Good

Paul Lam

Technology is transforming our modern economy in many ways through improved efficiency and new business models.

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WASHINGTON DC, Nov. 15, 2019

Global Gender Summit, MDB Panel: Creating Pathways to Empower Women Through Infrastructure

Michaela Bergman

Another opportunity to share and learn about the gender dimension of infrastructure is on the horizon.

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INDIA, Oct. 09, 2019

What AIIB Can Learn From India’s Water Sector

Girish Chadha

At the annual meeting of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) in Luxembourg, the underlying theme across several sessions (and unofficial discussions) was the need for sustainable infrastructure development and innovative investment solutions.

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Hong Kong, China, Sep. 09, 2019

Accelerating Digital Connectivity, Accelerating Future Growth

Paul Berriman

The fundamental underlying fabric of digital connectivity is the broadband telecommunications network, whether it be fixed, mobile or a hybrid of the two.

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Manila, Aug. 15, 2019

Tale of Two Sustainable Farms in Two Philippine Provinces

Leo Magno

Miko Hechanova Ramos, 26, is conducting a technical assistance project in the city of Roxas in the province of Capiz. Embraced by the sea, Capiz is known as the seafood capital of the Philippines.

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Beijing, Aug. 05, 2019

What Does it Mean to Be Paris-Aligned When Investing in the Capital Markets?

Courtney Lowrance

I recently attended the Ministerial on Climate Action where I glimpsed the enormous opportunity to create a sustainable and inclusive economy for future generations.

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Beijing, July 29, 2019

Understanding and Addressing Gender Gaps in Access to Infrastructure

Michaela Bergman

Our panel discussion on Gender Equality for Sustainable Infrastructure at the 2019 Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) Annual Meeting held in Luxembourg on July 12-13 was made interesting by Chris Hurst (European Investment Bank),

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Beijing, July 23, 2019

The Delegates Have Spoken: Infrastructure Insights From AIIB Annual Meeting Attendees

Laurel Ostfield

The annual meetings of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) present a unique opportunity for us to meet face-to-face and engage with many of our key stakeholders.

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China, July 16, 2019

Mapping Infrastructure Investments Against the SDGs

Sangjung Ha, AIIB

In September 2015, the 193 countries of the United Nations adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which includes 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that aim to “end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity for all.”

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Luxembourg, July 13, 2019

The Line Where the Sky Meets the Sea is Calling for Offshore Wind

David Morgado

Two forms of renewable energy get much of today’s energy headlines—solar photovoltaic and onshore wind.

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Luxembourg, July 13, 2019

The Two-Way Street: CSO Engagement and Infrastructure Development

Calvin Quek

One of the challenges of infrastructure finance is the enormous long-term implications on society at large. Much of these implications are positive.

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Luxembourg, July 13, 2019

International Organizations and Effective Dispute Resolution

Peter Quayle

The 2019 Annual Meeting of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) is inherently outward-looking.

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Luxembourg, July 12, 2019

The Rise of Sustainable Capital Markets

Courtney Lowrance

The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) was established in 2015 to address the daunting infrastructure needs of Asia and beyond.

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