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Public finance considerations in infrastructure planning, budgeting and financing Policy brief

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Before reviewing options for financing an infrastructure project, it is necessary to clarify the economic and social purpose it is intended to serve and how it will be paid for. Without clarity about who pays, how and over what period (including repayment of debt), financing or funding proposals cannot properly be assessed.

Considerations of both efficiency and fairness come into play in determining tariffs or fees for recovering costs from users. There are similarly important efficiency and fairness considerations in the design of subsidy or cost-sharing arrangements through which taxpayers contribute to paying for infrastructure.

Year: 2017 Theme: Building PFM capabilities, Institutional capabilities Language: English