Tag Archive: PPPs

S&P Global Ratings tells Partnerships Bulletin that fiscal reform may spur fiscal innovation in the GCC

Low oil prices in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) region continue to increase governments’ fiscal deficits. In an article for Partnerships Bulletin, S&P Global Ratings’ Karim Nassif explains that low oil prices are also encouraging GCC sovereign governments to implement fiscal reform, involving higher taxes and lower subsidies for infrastructure industries such as utilities, telecommunications, …

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Santander discusses turning Chile’s infrastructure challenges into opportunities for Infrastructure Intelligence

Chile is one of Latin America’s most promising investment destinations, particularly when it comes to infrastructure discusses Mauricio Munguia, Santander’s Latin American Desk Head, as featured in the latest Infrastructure Intelligence magazine. A key area of focus for Chile are public-private partnerships (PPP), a funding model involving the use of private finance to facilitate the …

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Santander’s Mauricio Munguia explores Chile’s renewable energy opportunities in Renewable Energy World

With 261 renewable energy projects currently in the pipeline, Chile offers renewable energy companies a market teeming with potential. In a recent article for Renewable Energy World, Santander’s Latin America Desk Head, Mauricio Munguia, discusses the opportunities presented by the market, for both private-sector initiatives and export. Indeed, with an ambitious aim to generate 70% …

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S&P discusses the challenges of funding Europe’s infrastructure in Global Banking and Finance Review

Europe needs infrastructure to help spur its growth – but faced with high levels of debt and policies of austerity, governments are finding it difficult to justify funding expensive projects. Writing for Global Banking and Finance Review’s latest monthly issue, Standard & Poor’s Michael Wilkins, managing director of infrastructure finance ratings, points to greater collaboration …

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S&P tells PPP Bulletin: Public-private partnerships could be the solution for the Gulf

In an opinion piece for specialist magazine PPP Bulletin, Karim Nassif, regional expert and associate director at Standard & Poor’s, suggests the Gulf is on the cusp of a public-private partnership (PPP) revolution. Given the need to diversity funding sources for crucial infrastructure projects – a result of tighter public-sector purse strings thanks to a …

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Power, politics and projects are the focus of S&P’s March issue of Infrastructure Outlook

In the March edition of Infrastructure Outlook – Standard & Poor’s monthly newsletter rounding up all the key rating actions and research relevant to infrastructure and project finance – Karim Nassif, an S&P associate director based in Dubai, explains that the Gulf Corporation Council is having to re-think its approach to developing the region’s infrastructure. …

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S&P’s Middle East expert writes for Energy Voice on why low oil prices are shifting project finance strategies in the Gulf

Writing for specialist energy publication, Energy Voice, Karim Nassif, Dubai-based Associate Director at Standard & Poor’s, explains that governments in the Gulf Corporation Council are waking up to the impact of continued low oil prices. In particular, they are finding they are no longer able to meet the funding demands for key infrastructure projects. Nassif …

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S&P explores the lost infrastructure opportunity in the latest edition of Partnerships Bulletin

Despite the great need to build and maintain infrastructure to stimulate economic growth, governments in the EU, on the whole, are shying away from providing the necessary funding – mainly due to the high risks and high costs involved. This was the conclusion of Michael Wilkins, Managing Director of Infrastructure Finance at Standard & Poor’s, …

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Standard & Poor’s argues infrastructure is key to Italy’s economic progress in Financial Times Adviser

Infrastructure development is essential for Italy’s post-crisis recovery. In fact, Standard & Poor’s has shown that infrastructure spending creates a ‘multiplier effect’, driving short-term employment and productivity, and promoting long-term economic growth. But if Italy is to grasp the multiplier effect’s benefits, it must secure more investment. Writing for the Financial Times Adviser, S&P’s Stefania …

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Standard and Poor’s in InfraNews: Italy must improve project pipeline transparency and planning to appeal to investors

According to a new Standard and Poor’s report, Italy needs to address its poor track-record of Public Private Partnership (PPPs) transactions in order to increase private investor interest in greenfield infrastructure. In particular, the lengthy authorisation procedures and lack of transparency during the procurement phase often proves unattractive to investors. In an attempt to tackle …

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