Asia

A demographic and economic giant crucial to the future of the planet

In Asia, where Proparco is very active, its financing, like its parent company, aims to promote green and inclusive growth .
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To this end, Proparco’s operations focus on projects that contribute to the fight against climate change (renewable energies and energy efficiency), urban development (waste management, transport, housing…), strengthening social services (health and education), as well as to structuring agro-industrial sectors and microfinance.

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Asia is today home to more than half of humanity. The region is a demographic giant and also an engine for the world economy: it accounts for a third of world GDP.

But this rapid growth leads to rising energy needs and increasing pressure on the natural environment and biodiversity. Asia is today the world’s main source of greenhouse gas emissions, which are responsible for climate change.

The region also faces unprecedented social challenges, related to its exponential urbanization and the poverty of its populations, which remains marked: Asia is home to two-thirds of the world’s poor. There is, in addition, a considerable infrastructure deficit: 1.7 billion people do not have access to sanitation facilities and 680 million to electricity.

Promoting low-carbon economies and reducing inequalities

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In Asia, PROPARCO’s action fits in with AFD’s regional strategy . Its objective: contribute to growth that respects the environment and regional balances. In line with this, Proparco finances projects that contribute to:

  • Reducing the environmental footprint of Asia’s growth by developing renewable energies (solar, wind, biomass, hydroelectricity) and to energy efficiency in buildings, transport, industry…;
  • Social cohesion and access for the poorest populations to essential goods and services in low-income or lower-middle income countries: water, health, education, vocational training…; 
  • Developing responsible microfinance, particularly by financial intermediaries, in order to promote the financial inclusion of populations and self-employment;
  • Improving agro-industrial production in the least developed countries (Bangladesh, Cambodia, Lao PDR…) in order to promote their development faced with the major emerging countries and increase their capacity to meet local food needs.
€802 M
in outstanding amounts in 2016
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