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Infrastructure-related asset-backed securities need clear regulations

  • Adelia Pratiwi
    Adelia Pratiwi

    Works for the Center of Macroeconomic Policy at the Finance Ministry’s Fiscal Policy Agency

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Jakarta   /   Thu, April 20, 2017   /  01:14 pm
Infrastructure-related asset-backed securities need clear regulations Infrastructure race: President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo (third from right) inspects a section of a toll road construction project in Bogor, West Java, during a recent visit. (JP/Ayomi Amindoni)

The year 2017 is going to be an interesting one for the asset-backed securities (ABS) market in Indonesia. It will be the first year in Indonesia’s history for ABS that focus on infrastructure projects to go public. However, to expand the market and achieve its ultimate goal of plugging the infrastructure financing gap, more regulatory enablers are needed. One of the significant bottlenecks in Indonesia’s infrastructure financing is the financing of new (green-field) projects. The projects’ bankability remains one of the reasons why it is hard to mobilize funds for them. Due to this challenge, some infrastructure financial institutions such as PT Indonesia Infrastructure Guarantee Fund (IIGF) and PT Sarana Multi Infrastruktur (SMI) are over-capacity for funding and guaranteeing good projects. For instance, since it was first established, only a minor portion of...

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