Investment in green infrastructure is the need of the hour for the emerging Southeast Asian economies. The infrastructure sectors in Southeast Asia hold immense opportunity to leapfrog over the low performing, resource inefficient technologies and practices of more developed countries. Infrastructure and industrial models for the region are still being developed. This, combined with the region’s relative stability and rapid economic growth, will help it attract investment that ties environmental performance to economic growth.

In the current issue Southeast Asia Infrastructure takes an account of the initiatives undertaken and targets set by Southeast Asian economies to build green and sustainable infrastructure.

Thailand has unveiled massive capacity augmentation plans for its energy sector. A capacity addition of over 56 GW is expected between 2019 and 2037 as per the country’s Power Development Plan, 2018. Our story on the Chonburi CCPP gives an update on the project’s progress, expected impact and future timelines. In addition, our story “Prevailing Winds” highlights the significant untapped wind power potential in the region.

The Philippines has since a lot of years been a frontrunner in attracting private investment for its infrastructure projects.

Our story, “Full Speed” provides an overview of the North-South Commuter Railway Project which is one of the flagship projects of the Department of Transportation and the Philippine National Railways. It is one of the biggest projects and falls under

the Build, Build, and Build programme of the Philippines government. Meanwhile, our story “On the Right Path” throws light on how Vietnam is taking requisite steps to develop its transport infrastructure.

The emerging role of technology in efficient service delivery is a fact well known. The story “Smart Monitoring” emphasises on the role of SCADA in water and wastewater management across select countries in the region.

Besides, the story “Taking Shape” looks at how Myanmar’s telecom industry if witnessing growing interest in 5G.

Fostering government and corporate bond markets can be an important avenue by which governments and the corporate sector can diversify and expand their financing sources. In the story, “Gaining Momentum”, Southeast Asia Infrastructure takes a look at the largely untapped bond market in the region and the need to encourage the development of local currency bond markets in the region to avoid excessive foreign-denominated debt and offer investment diversification opportunities to the domestic corporate and banking sectors.