Publication: The Need, Capacity and Willingness of Regional Governments to Finance Public Infrastructure from Long-Term Loans
This report reviews the need for long-term loans for regional governments, assesses the capacity of regional governments to repay long-term loans, identifies existing constraints to long-term borrowing by the regions, and recommends options for removing or mitigating existing constraints. The Government of Indonesia issued a government regulation on regional borrowing and unlike its legal predecessor, the newer regulation allows regional governments to borrow long term for public infrastructure projects that are indirectly revenue-generating, such as roads and flood control systems. Until the late 1990s, a major portion of long-term loans to regional governments was financed by international financial institutions, mainly the Asian Development Bank and the World Bank. In view of the need to increase investments in public infrastructure, and the absence of a domestic market for long-term financing, Government of Indonesia is currently considering re-opening this window by establishing a Municipal Development Fund in the Ministry of Finance.
“World Bank. 2011. The Need, Capacity and Willingness of Regional Governments to Finance Public Infrastructure from Long-Term Loans. © Washington, DC. http://openknowledge.worldbank.org/entities/publication/ea2e2226-65b6-5787-875f-342453589c8e License: CC BY 3.0 IGO.”