Background and PPP Project Update

There is increasing recognition in SADC countries of the benefits of PPP Public Private Partnerships as an essential and sustainable tool for accelerating growth and promoting greater social and economic equity. CIDA in its strategy for Southern Africa, has espoused a new role for development assistance, aimed at facilitating private investment to and within the region. When the Banking Association South Africa, (the current Executive Secretariat for the SADC Banking Association), was consulted by CIDA, it recommended a response that would entail the development of appropriate capacities within the private and public sectors. It envisaged that such efforts could facilitate the identification of suitable “bankable projects” that could accommodate private investors, in terms of addressing risks through suitable project design, legal arrangements, and financing instruments. It also envisaged that effective capacity building could, in the long term, contribute towards the reduction of high transaction costs associated with the negotiation and implementation of specific infrastructure projects.

Since implementation activities began in 2002, the programme has successfully achieved several key results. These are enumerated below:

  • Two On-line training courses had been designed and accredited, namely PPP Skills and Competency Development and a PPP Project Officer Management Skills Development course. Training was delivered until 2012.
  • Classroom based training had been delivered to over 300 public and private sector officials in a number of SADC countries (Mozambique, Botswana, Tanzania, Mauritius, Malawi and Zambia).
  • Awareness raising sessions have been convened in Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, and Botswana.
  • Financial sector PPP sensitisation workshops have been convened in Tanzania and Botswana.
  • Institutional and regulatory assessments/studies on the PPP environment in Tanzania, Botswana, Malawi and Zambia have been completed.
  • Post institutional and regulatory study support has been offered to Tanzania in the form of the development of PPP guidelines and procedures.
  • Case studies on PPP-type initiatives have been completed for Mozambique, Tanzania and Malawi.
  • PPP related information across the SADC region via newsletters had been disseminated.
  • Facilitation of government to government interaction on PPPs is on-going.
  • An attachment from the Government of Malawi to South African private sector organisations has occurred.
  • The Technical Assistance Facility had been developed and was fully operational. Technical Assistance was provided to projects in Malawi and Mauritius.