Cargo being unloaded at Madagascar's principal port, Toamisima. © IFC
Upgrades to roads, railways, ports, airports and other transport infrastructure can have immediate and lasting development impacts.
Efficient transport links are essential for the smooth flow of goods and people, for regional integration, and to expand global trade. Efficient transport infrastructure and services help businesses reduce costs, improve inventory management, limit crop losses, and increase productivity. Well-functioning airports, highways, and railway systems support a number of economic sectors, including tourism, manufacturing, and farming. Modern transportation infrastructure also helps provide people with faster access to goods that are necessary for their lives and livelihoods, and helps ease growing congestion in emerging market cities.
IFC’s investments in the transportation sector support private infrastructure projects and public-private partnerships that bring tangible benefits to communities and businesses in emerging markets. We provide debt and equity financing to private companies working in ports, railways, aviation, shipping, logistics, and urban transport. Through our subnational financing program, we also finance some transportation entities owned by municipalities and regional governments.