Policy Dialogue on Infrastructure Financing Strategies for Sustainable Development in South and South-West Asia
Recognizing the importance of infrastructure development for achieving the goals of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Agreement, the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) is supporting the countries in the region in addressing infrastructure financing challenges. As part of this continuous effort, ESCAP is organizing a policy dialogue on infrastructure financing strategies for sustainable development in South and South-West Asian countries in collaboration with the National Planning Commission, Government of Nepal. The policy dialogue will be held in Kathmandu on 25-26 January 2017.
The policy dialogue will facilitate the sharing of experience as well as the identification of good practices and innovative mechanisms for designing infrastructure financing strategies. For instance, the event will consider how to mobilize more domestic resources, improve public expenditure efficiency, partner with the private sector and tap financial markets for infrastructure development. The second day of the event will focus on the role of climate finance within this broader agenda, and on its role in domestic resource mobilization efforts, and catalyzing private financing for low-carbon and climate-resilient infrastructure. Overall, it is expected that the event will provide a major opportunity for making progress towards addressing infrastructure financing challenges in the region.