OECD published two major reports in 2006 and 2007. One "Infrastructure to 2030:Telecom, Land Transport, Water and Electricity" was a wideranging overview about the prospects for private investments in infrastructure sectors to 2030; the other ""Infrastructure to 2030: Mapping Policy for Electricity, Water and Transport" was a specific review of policy-making in relation to this. they can both be downloaded from:
30 Sep2009 – Asian Development Bank (ADB) President Haruhiko Kuroda today urged Asian countries to actively and collectively participate in international efforts to reform the global financial architecture. “It is critically important that Asia actively participates and takes its rightful place at all levels of governance – to ensure the new financial architecture matches the needs of globalized finance with the region’s financial development agenda,” said Mr.
Ongoing / proposed projects in energy/power, water, education, health, financial, other sectors in Pacific in Cook Islands, Micronesia, Giji, Palau, PNG, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Vanuatu (as of July 2009)
Ongoing/proposed ADB projects in power, water, health, education & other sectors (as of July 2009).
Ongoing/proposed ADB projects in energy/power, water, health, education, financial & other sectors (as of July 2009).
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has accelerated private equity fund investments since 2003 and now has stakes in about 40 funds. An internal evaluation report in July '08 found that ADB was taking “material risks” by investing more money in private equity funds, even though internal controls on such investments showed “serious weaknesses.” ADB's private equity fund investments have produced "unsatisfactory" returns, selection has lacked focus, and environmental and other safeguards have been weak.
The eurozone: Athenian arrangers
By Kerin Hope, Megan Murphy and Gillian Tett
Published: February 16 2010 19:59
BBC 14 August 2009
Colonial BancGroup has become the biggest US bank to collapse this year. Colonial, a property lender based in Montgomery, Alabama, had about $25bn of assets, said the US regulator, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp (FDIC). The collapse is expected to cost the FDIC about $2.8bn. The total number of bank failures is now over 70 in 2009.
BBC 14 August 2009
The Nigerian central bank has injected 400bn naira ($2.6bn; £1.6bn) into five banks and sacked their managers. Governor Lamido Sanusi said Afribank, Finbank, Intercontinental Bank, Oceanic Bank and Union Bank would be run as normal until new investors were found. Mr Sanusi added the Nigerian government had no intention of nationalising the five banks and that this was a temporary measure.