Asian nations must spend US$26 trillion by 2030 on infrastructure to battle poverty, boost economic growth and fight climate change, the Asian Development Bank warned on Tuesday (Feb 28).
In its “Meeting Asia’s infrastructure needs” report, the lender said governments in some of the poorest countries in the world should invest in everything from transport, telecommunications, power and water and sanitation.
It added that despite dramatic infrastructure growth in recent decades, more than 400 million people have no access to electricity, 300 million lack safe drinking water and around 1.5 billion are without basic sanitation.
“The demand for infrastructure across Asia and the Pacific far outstrips current supply,” ADB President Takehiko Nakao said in a statement released alongside the report.
“Asia needs new and upgraded infrastructure that will set the standard for quality, encourage economic growth, and respond to the pressing global challenge that is climate change,” Nakao said.
The more than US$1.7 trillion needed each year – from 2016 to 2030 – is twice the US$881 billion invested at the moment, the Bank said.
The Manila-based lender suggested the bulk of the cash, US$14.7 trillion, should go on power, while US$8.4 trillion should be spent on transport and US$2.3 trillion on telecoms. It indicated US$800 billion for water and sanitation.Read more