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COVID-19 will have a far-reaching impact on the economy and infrastructure creation, especially at the time of already prevailing macroeconomic headwinds. COVID-19 has completely disrupted supply chains, trade investment and output. While aviation currently is the worst hit, other infrastructure sectors will gradually feel the tremors of the impending jolt.

In the current issue of Southeast Asia Infrastructure, we have focused on how the region is in need of an accelerated energy transition. Our focus story, “Towards a Transition” gives an in-depth analysis of how the energy needs and requirements have evolved over time and what is the outlook for the future.

Indonesia has laid out expansive plans to invest $455 billion in the next few years on the development of its infrastructure systems (including railways), which will be primarily funded by China and Japan. The story “Opportunity Bound” tracks the progress of the rail transport plans in the country.

Improving access to efficient water and sanitation services has always been a priority area for the developing nations. In this issue, Southeast Asia Infrastructure assesses how Cambodia is laying emphasis on improving these services.

Our story “Solar Ambitions” looks at how with a series of measures taken by the government to increase public-private partnership and private financing the country might witness more investments coming from private players in the renewable energy space.

Telecom infrastructure in the region offers plenty of opportunities. Our story “Shaping Up” looks at how the telecom infrastructure market has evolved in some of the Southeast Asian markets.

Green financing has gained a lot of traction across financial value chains. ASEAN member countries have been actively exploring these options. In the finance section of the current issue, we take a detailed look at how far these countries have reached in tapping the green finance route.