REGIONAL TRAINING ON PRIVATE-PUBLIC-PARTNERSHIPS (PPP) FOR WATER INFRASTRUCTURE
Many countries and utilities face different problems and impediments when implementing infrastructure projects. This necessitates the inclusion of innovative ways in implementation methods in order to avoid and overcome such obstacles. One of the major problems is the availability of finance. Private Sector Participation (PSP), in addition to directly addressing financial issues, provides other advantages related to the technology, risk allocation or sharing, timing, and management. The magnitude of each of these factors depends on the scheme submitted for implementation.
The main objective of the course was to familiarize the participants with the concept of PPP for different projects, identification of risks and risk sharing methods as well as their implications. The course consisted of four main parts: (1) Background and type of PSPs and selection methodology, (2) Enabling environment and risk management and allocation (3) Financial considerations and modelling, and (4) Case studies.
25 participants from relevant public entities, water and sewerage utilities, local authorities and universities in the region attended the training and were provided with appropriate skills in order to be able to:
- Understand the concept, forms and needs for involving private sector in infrastructure development
- Define the objectives to be achieved through PPPP
- Understand risk management and risk sharing concepts
- Make a proper choice of PPP
- Understand the financial concept and implications. Know about cases where projects were implemented with PPP
- Deal with PPP in the context of Integrated Water Resource Management