Wednesday, 20 June 2018

PFI India Report 2016

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  • Sunny side up for solar

    The country’s solar sector is on a tear and could do even better with some regulatory shine. By Vivek Sharma, director, Energy & Natural Resources, CRISIL Infrastructure Advisory.

  • Turning around the power sector

    The huge losses incurred by the state-owned distribution utilities in the Indian states over the last several years have been one of the most daunting challenge confronting policy makers in the infrastructure sector. By Anjan Ghosh, executive vice-president and Girish Kadam, vice-president, ICRA Limited.

  • India on the highway to reform

    For those familiar with the infrastructure landscape of India, it is well established that India as an economy is hugely reliant on its network of roads and highways as its primary mode of transport. By Raghav Bubna, associate, Bajaj Consultants Pvt Ltd.

  • Fertile ground for finance

    The administration of Narendra Modi began to make the environment and funding along green lines a priority early on, but last December’s COP21 Paris climate change agreement increased the urgency. Fast-tracking, regulatory flexibility and the country’s vast overhanging infrastructure and power generation needs coalesce to ensure India will be a fertile source of financing in the sector. By Jonathan Rogers.

  • India’s first infra quasi-sovereign fund

    India has taken centre stage globally as one of the fastest growing economies in the world but infrastructure development has lagged behind, hindering the country in maximising its true potential. However, evolving policies, an ambitious infrastructure development agenda announced by central government and the establishment of the National Infrastructure Investment Fund (NIIF) could be the key to unlocking the country’s investment potential. By Ila Halai.

  • Balance sheet clean-up a huge task

    Given India’s nascent debt markets, project sponsors have no alternative but to continue relying on the traditional route of bank financing to fund infrastructure projects. ByHamisah Samad.

  • New ECB – Liberal but challenging

    The Indian government reviews regularly guidelines for external commercial borrowings with an aim to help infrastructure financings. However, the revisions introduced in the last nine months have resulted in some problems. By Minerva Lau.

  • Shapoorji Pallonji on the bond route

    Shapoorji Pallonji Group has recently concluded a capital market-based refinancing of its cross-border/external commercial borrowings and rupee loans on a road project in Jammu & Kashmir. BySmita Jagiasi, SP Group, and Nishant Idnani and Khawar Iqbal, HSBC.

  • Flexible structuring and refinancing

    In order to ensure smooth servicing of project loans, the repayment tenors need to be structured in line with the expected cashflow generation of the projects. By Biju George K, general manager, and Sachin N Harale, assistant general manager,IDBI.

  • Finding the finance for the sun

    Renewable energy, particularly solar, is a key focus area for the Indian government. Buoyed by the government’s strong push, domestic and international developers have shown tremendous interest in setting up solar power projects in India. By Deepak R, head – project finance, and Anirban Das, associate director – project finance, IDFC Bank.

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