Policymakers, regional governments and investors are grappling with methods to de-risk investment in new business models. They are also looking at the technological, regulatory, financial and geopolitical factors that change the game and replicate the energy access success stories.
"The challenge for these growth markets is to find viable funding mechanisms and create an enabling environment to literally power the future of a continent that holds 15% of the world's population," says
"Coupled with funding, financial services institutions are also giving more attention to interest rate risk management and hedging products; foreign exchange, and fuel hedging; and local currency funding on a corporate, structured or project basis."
While over half of
These challenges cannot be viewed in a silo and without a broader economic context. Global economic activity remains subdued, and despite signs of strengthening in high-income countries, significant downside risks persist. This affects factors such as intra-trade flows, the cost of capital equipment, and rising energy costs.
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