This book addresses the prospects and challenges concerning both soft and hard infrastructure development in Asia and provides a framework for achieving Asian connectivity through regional infrastructure cooperation towards a seamless Asia.
Key topics included are:
* demand estimates of national and regional infrastructure in transport, electricity, information and communication technology, and water and sanitation;
* empirical results on the costs and benefits of regional infrastructure for economies and households;
* the impact of infrastructure development on the environment and climate;
* sources and instruments of infrastructure financing;
* best practices and lessons learned from the experiences of the Asian region and other regions; and
* experiences of public-private partnership projects.
This insightful book will serve as a definitive knowledge product for policymakers, academics, private sector experts and infrastructure practitioners interested in the regional and national infrastructure demand, investment and benefits in the region. Concerned officials from private and public sectors, and other experts involved in environmental and natural resources studies will also find this compendium invaluable.
Edited by Biswa Nath Bhattacharyay, Advisor, Office of Regional Economic Integration, Asian Development Bank, Philippines, Masahiro Kawai, Project Professor, Graduate School of Public Policy, The University of Tokyo, Japan and Rajat M. Nag, National Council of Applied Economic Research (NCAER), India
Contents: Foreword Haruhiko Kuroda 1. Introduction Biswa Nath Bhattacharyay, Masahiro Kawai and Rajat M. Nag PART I: DEMAND FOR AND BENEFITS OF NATIONAL AND REGIONAL INFRASTRUCTURE NETWORKS 2. Estimating Demand for Infrastructure, 2010-2020 Biswa Nath Bhattacharyay 3. Benefits of Infrastructure Investment: An Empirical Analysis Fan Zhai 4. Socio-economic Impact of Regional Transport Infrastructure in the Greater Mekong Subregion Susan Stone, Anna Strutt and Thomas Hertel 5. Socio-economic Impacts of Regional Transport Infrastructure in South Asia John Gilbert and Nilanjan Banik PART II: POLICIES AND INSTITUTIONS FOR EFFECTIVE INFRASTRUCTURE 6. Evaluation of Regional Infrastructure Manabu Fujimura and Ramesh Adhikari 7. Economic Space for Transnational Infrastructure: Gateways, Multimodal Corridors and Special Economic Zones Peter J. Rimmer and Howard Dick 8. Institutional and Policy Frameworks for Sustainable Infrastructure ZhongXiang Zhang 9. Managing Regional Infrastructure: European Union Institutional Structures and Best Practices Willem van der Geest and Jorge Nunez-Ferrer PART III: ADDRESSING INFRASTRUCTURE FINANCING NEEDS 10. Modes of Asian Financial Integration: Financing Infrastructure Biswa Nath Bhattacharyay 11. Foreign Direct Investment in Financing Regional Infrastructure Kwok-Chiu Fung, Alicia Garcia-Herrero and Francis Ng 12. Public-Private Partnerships for Regional Infrastructure: Lessons from the European Union Willem van der Geest and Jorge Nunez-Ferrer Index