The Capital Market Supervisory Board (CMSB), under the Stock Exchange of Thailand (SEC), has issued criteria, conditions and procedures for the establishment and management of infrastructure funds in Thailand. Applications to establish an infrastructure fund may now be submitted to the SEC for approval.
Advantages of Infrastructure Funds
Infrastructure Funds provide some distinct advantages over schemes financed solely by state enterprises through budget borrowing or bond issuing and/or private investor financing. Firstly, infrastructure funds provide project developers with alternative sources of funds for their projects and reduce their borrowing needs. Secondly, both small and large investors can invest in the form of ‘investment units’. Thirdly, funds help the country overall by avoiding the increase of public debt.