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The Beijing-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank

Global Leader in Infrastructure Finance, at What Cost?
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The Beijing-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) opened for business in 2016 and rapidly became a major actor in global finance. By the end of 2020, the AIIB could count 103 approved member countries. The AIIB’s business is financing large-scale infrastructure projects such as power plants, dams, and transportation corridors. Such investments by their very nature carry high environmental and social risks. They are also often associated with corruption and high levels of debt. In addition to it the AIIB plays an important role in China’s efforts to shape a new form of multilateralism in which it defines the rules.

This paper provides an overview of the institution’s close alignment with China and examines the AIIB’s policy provisions on transparency and disclosure as the institution positions itself to enter a dynamic growth phase.

Product details
Date of Publication
October 2021
Publisher
Heinrich Böll Foundation
Number of Pages
32
Licence
Language of publication
English
Table of contents
  1. Summary
  2. Overview
  3. Why the AIIB's Specific Context Matters 
  4. The AIIB's Transparency-related Policy Provisions
  5. The Authors