ADB plans to invest $100M in environment fund
Support for green projects in developing countriesBy Michelle V. Remo
Philippine Daily Inquirer
The Asian Development Bank is expected to invest about $100 million in a multinational fund that will be put up to boost investments in environment-related technologies and projects in developing countries like the Philippines.
The planned investment in the Climate Public-Private Partnership Fund has already been endorsed by Bindu Lohani, acting head of the ADB, to its board of directors.
It will be funded with contributions from developmental institutions led by the ADB and several private multinational investment firms.
“The fund’s concept was initially driven by the interest of a set of large institutional investors, who view climate change challenges in Asia as a compelling investment opportunity,” the acting head of the ADB said in his project recommendation report.
Under the proposal, ADB will make a direct investment in the fund worth $98 million. It will also infuse $1 million, or an amount equivalent to a 25-percent equity, whichever is less, into a company that will be put up to serve as the general partner of the fund. The general partner will be in charge of the fund’s management.
Another $1 million, or an amount equivalent to 25-percent equity, whichever is less, will be invested in a company that will be established to serve as limited partner of the fund.
Developing countries in Asia are seen prone to the ill-effects of climate change given their limited resources to engage in environmental projects and purchase environment-related technologies.
The Philippines has been cited as one of the most vulnerable to climate change, not only because of its limited resources but also because of its geographic location.
“The fund is envisaged to invest in environmental finance in Asia,” the ADB head further said in his project recommendation report.
The fund, once put up, is expected to infuse equity investments in environment-related projects, extend loans and provide grants to developing countries in Asia to help them address the pressing problem of climate change.
ADB said combating climate change was an essential part of the overarching goal of poverty reduction in Asian countries, citing the drag caused by environmental problems on economic-development initiatives.
Typhoons, for instance, have caused destruction of infrastructure, farms and assets.
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