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Private activity in infrastructure in South Asia slides back to 2009 levels (English)

In 2011, 104 new infrastructure projects reached financial or contractual closure in four low and middle income countries in South Asia (SA) region: Bangladesh (6), India (92), Pakistan (2), and Sri Lanka (4). Total investment commitments (hereafter, investment) in all infrastructure projects reached US$41.5 billion, of which US$35.4 billion were investments in new projects and US$6.5 billion were investments in existing projects. As compared to 2010 investment levels, total investments in 2011 decreased by 45 percent. Particularly additional investments in existing assets decreased, by 76 percent. In South Asia, 62 energy projects reached financial closure in 2011, a 34.7 increase compared to 2010 activity levels. Investment in energy projects, however, amounted to only US$19.6 billion, a 51.1 percent decrease from 2010 levels. This was mainly influenced by the fact that, in 2011, only six large non renewable energy projects, each involving over 1,000 MW in capacity and over US$1 billion in investments closed, as opposed to 11 in 2010. Finally, in response to the continued power shortages in Bangladesh, five rental power projects closed in 2011, the same number as in 2010. Rental projects involved US$214 million, less investment than other Greenfield power projects, like build-own-operate (BOO) or build-own-transfer (BOT).




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Militaru,Andreea Ramona

Private activity in infrastructure in South Asia slides back to 2009 levels (English). PPI data update,note no. 84 Washington, D.C. : World Bank Group.