Linking Cities to Finance

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Regional Conference

Shanghai International Convention Center

Linking Cities to Finance: Overcoming bottlenecks to financing strategic urban infrastructure investments

This event will bring together national and international development finance institutions, private financial institutions, city governments, national/ provincial governments and private sector investors to discuss bottlenecks in accessing finance for strategic urban infrastructure.

The conference serves as a meeting point for the exchange of views from key actors in the field seeking to help remove such bottlenecks for cities seeking to access alternate sources of urban infrastructure financing. The event takes a wide perspective on reviewing urban infrastructure financing, PPP arrangements, sub-sovereign loans and other modalities.

About 200 people are expected to attend this event from:

  1. Mid-sized Asian cities as well as provincial/ state and national agencies.
  2. Multi- and bi-lateral financing institutions and other development agencies;
  3. Major private sector financiers;
  4. Urban development practitioners, and researchers in the region.

Conference sessions will offer forums to exchange perspectives from key actors on the topic together with presentations of specific case studies from Asia and other parts of the world. The intent is to help identify and remove these bottlenecks as cities seek sources for financing their urban infrastructure investments. These sessions will take a broad perspective on private financing that goes beyond PPP arrangements.

The Cities Development Initiative for Asia (CDIA) is a regional partnership program supported by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the governments of Germany, Sweden and Spain assisting medium sized Asian cities in bridging the gap between their development plans and access to funding for financing their strategic urban infrastructure.  While initial cooperation focused on linking cities to multilateral and bilateral development funding sources, increasing energies are going into identifying areas for private sector financing through Public and other modalities.

The conference is being co-organized by CDIA, Capacity Building International (InWEnt) and the Municipal Government of Shanghai. If you are interested to participate or wish further information, please email or contact CDIA by telephone at +631-2342 ext. 221

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