Following the1997–1998 Asian financial crisis, Indonesia became highly aware of the need to deepen and diversify its finance sector. Under the Medium-Term Development Plan, 2004–2009 and the subsequent National Medium-term Development Plan, 2010–2014, the government thus committed to developing the country’s capital market and nonbank finance subsector.
During 2000–2005, infrastructure investments in Indonesia dropped to an annual average of 3% of gross domestic product (GDP), from 8% of GDP during 1995–1997. Private infrastructure investment fell sharply from 1.8% of GDP during 1995–1998 to 0.5% of GDP in 2000–2005.
Sindh is the second most populous province in Pakistan. In 2006, it had a total 38 million people, nearly half of whom lived in the urban areas. Karachi and Hyderabad, the province’s two largest cities, accounted for about 70% of the urban population.