This technical note explains the process of building the China Overseas Finance Inventory (COFI) Database, a comprehensive database covering both Chinese equity and debt foreign investments in the power-generation sector in Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) countries. The note explains how the authors addressed the challenge of matching power plants and their investments across publicly available and commercial databases and how they provided the final database as an open data source.
The China Overseas Finance Inventory (COFI) is a comprehensive database covering Chinese equity and debt investments in the power-generation sector across 76 Belt and Road Initiative countries. It consolidates nine different source databases to include the transaction details of 473 investments in 430 power plants. The database is a collaboration between the Boston University Global Development Policy Center, the Inter-American Dialogue, the China-Africa Research Initiative at Johns Hopkins University and World Resources Institute.
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