Mitigating the Risks of Investing in Developing Countries
Currency-Related Guarantee Instruments for Infrastructure Projects
This chapter examines how public investment guarantees can facilitate infrastructure investment in developing countries, focusing on guarantee by multilateral and bilateral agencies to debt investors in infrastructure projects. It describes the main risks that investors in infrastructure services in developing countries typically face and the main types of public guarantee instruments currently being offered. The findings reveal that while the existing guarantee products from multilateral development banks and bilateral export credit agencies can lower the costs of capital and lengthen maturities, currency-related risks remain inadequately covered. To address this problem, this chapter proposes complementary guarantee instruments including contingent liquidity facilities, countercyclical guarantees and sovereign risk pools.
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