A key feature of infrastructure financing is that it leads to creation of public benefit or quasi-public benefit assets. Owing to massive resources required, the Bank participates in the development and financing of infrastructure projects in partnership with other entities. This takes the form of syndications or co-financings. The Bank endeavours to influence the structuring of infrastructure projects for cost effectiveness and protection of public interest.
Because infrastructure facilities are mainly created for social benefit and not necessarily for private gain, in the past they have been largely financed by governments. Member countries’ structural reforms have now emphasised the importance of private investments in these areas, thus opening up new opportunities for the EADB’s core business with the sub-regional co-operation generating opportunities in various sectors including telecommunications, energy and transport.