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Xiamen Xiangyu steel plant, Indonesia

In the last month of 2020, violent protests raged at one of Indonesia’s largest smelters in Virtue Dragon Industrial Park, South Sulawesi. Workers were demonstrating as they demanded higher salaries and permanent employment contracts

UEP Penonomé II, Panama

InterEnergy Group’s recent refinancing of two renewable energy projects in Panama – one of which is named for a papal encyclical – was the first issuance of green bonds from the private sector in Central America. Investors gave the deal their full blessing

The Saudi megaprojects – in need of water and power

Saudi Arabia’s efforts to enforce the sweeping reforms of its economic, social, and cultural spheres is symbolised by its pursuit of singular large megaprojects – the objectives of which go to the heart of the House of Saud’s Vision 2030 initiative

Investors eye Colombia amid LatAm uncertainty

As several of the Latin American countries that used to be favorites for foreign investors have become less hospitable and stable in recent months, market participants are taking a fresh look at Colombia and the opportunities it offers in power and renewables.

Q&A: Brazil's energy minister, Bento Albuquerque

In an exclusive interview with Bento Albuquerque, Brazil’s minister of mines and energy, IJGlobal Americas senior reporter Juliana Ennes is brought up-to date on big plans to use the energy sector as a propellant for economic recovery.

UK franchises derailed

With road traffic plunging to levels not seen since 1955 and airline passenger numbers not expected to recover until 2023, the UK's passenger rail franchising system is among the most recent victims of covid-19

Germany’s hydrogen plan – willing change

Germany is frequently lauded in the global hydrogen industry for playing a leading role in the planned adoption of the clean fuel source, as well as the evolution of its technology. National energy giants have – particularly in the past year – invested massively in R&D and testing electrolysers

The limp grip of an expiring raccoon

The days of the handshake and numerous other social fripperies seem – thanks to the coronavirus pandemic – to be nearing an end… and it can’t come soon enough

Lifting the veil on Vietnam LNG

Vietnam’s Ministry of Industry and Trade is soon submitting the revised PDP8 to Prime Minister Nguyễn Xuân Phúc. The government forecasts Vietnam's electricity demand to grow 8.6% annually during 2021-2025, and decelerate slightly to 7.2% during 2026-2030

World trade opportunities – Q&A with Michael Vrontamitis

Michael Vrontamitis, head of trade, Europe & Americas, Standard Chartered Bank & member of the World Trade Board tells Trade Finance how he sees the dynamics of global trade changing

Reasons for optimism

UniCredit’s global head of structured trade & export finance argues there is reason to remain positive for the second half of 2019

The ICC's key trends for 2019

The trade finance industry will undergo further transformation in 2019, explains Olivier Paul, head of policy at the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) Banking Commission

Payables finance - three questions

The supply chain finance ecosystem is vast and payables finance programmes are plentiful, but what makes a good one? Joao Luiz A Galvao, Deutsche Bank’s Global Head of Supply Chain Finance, explains

Documenting to improve regulatory compliance

In a world of ever increasing regulation, parties can protect their position against a review by regulators in various ways

DFI lending in Rwanda

Since President Paul Kagame launched his country's Vision 2020 development plan in 2000, substantial progress has been made on improving Rwanda's infrastructure.

Scaling Solar in Africa

Three years on from the launch of the International Finance Corporation's Scaling Solar scheme in Zambia, the programme is gaining traction. Four other African countries are now running procurements – and Zambia is coming back for another helping. Between them, they account for over 1.2GW of capacity.

Lebanon’s $22bn designs on PPP

Lebanon has unveiled plans for a $22 billion Infrastructure Investment Programme (IIP) to be implemented over the coming 12 years, with $6 billion of that designated as PPPs. The programme opens up opportunities for private investors to tap a market desperately in need of key infrastructure – but which has had little PPP success in the past

Çanakkale Bridge, Turkey

Turkey’s north western regions have seen a flurry of transport projects of late, with bridges – specifically the third Bosporus bridge, which opened to traffic on 26 August 2016, and the recently financed Çanakkale Bridge – the crowning glory of the programme.

Procurer extends deadline on Uzbek Solar 2

The government of Uzbekistan extended the deadline for prequalified bidders to submit proposals on 2 solar PV projects totaling at least 400MW in central Uzbekistan

AfDB signs loan for rural sanitation in Egypt

The AfDB has signed with the government of Egypt a €108 million loan to improve sanitation infra and services for rural communities in the Luxor Governorate