With a view to strengthening partnership between the public and private sectors, the Public Authority for Privatisation and Partnership (PAPP) is studying more than 49 partnership projects, which are in various stages of implementation. Some of the projects lie in sectors like health, education, environment, transportation, government services, agriculture and fisheries, which are to be implemented according to the public-private partnership (PPP) model.
Dr Dhafer bind al Shanfari, CEO, PAPP, said, “Since its establishment in July 2019, the authority has worked on studying a number of initiatives for partnership projects between the public and private sectors. We have been able to narrow down to 49 projects, one of which is in the negotiation and award stage, four in tendering stage, nine under feasibility study stage, and 35 in the initial study stage.
He added, “Very soon we will witness the announcement of a number of them, as these projects aim to improve public services and reduce the costs of establishing and operating them, which contributes to reducing the financial burden on the state’s general budget.”
The authority recently invited specialised consulting firms to participate in the qualification process to provide advisory services for several projects under different sectors, including, education, health, logistics, and environment, among others.
Some of them include, establishing the first package of school buildings and an educational complex for the Ministry of Education, Ministry of Health’s (MoH) dialysis services project which aims to support the MoH to provide dialysis services on a larger scale, and a National Ports System for the logistics authority Asyad.
In the environmental sector, the authority recently invited local and international consulting firms to participate in providing advisory services related to Be’ah’s Integrated Facility for Industrial Waste Treatment.
The Partnership Law promulgated by Royal Decree No. 52/2019, which is managed by PAPP, aims to encourage the private sector to invest in infrastructure and public services projects to contribute to the process of economic diversification.
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