Project references

Swaziland (2012): Capacity Building Programme to Enhance Public Officials’ Capacity to Design and Implement PPP Projects in Infrastructure

 

Country

Overall project value

Proportion carried out by BKP Development (%)

No of staff provided

Name of client

Origin of funding

Dates (start/end)

Swaziland

EUR 192,270

100

3

Swaziland Investment Promotion Authority (SIPA)

EDF

05/2012 – 09/2012

Detailed description of project

Type of services provided

Like other countries, Swaziland’s public finances have been hit by the global economic downturn. Thus, in order to provide public goods and services, the Government intends to make more use of Public-Private Partnerships (PPP), in particular for developing and operating infrastructure. However, PPP require specific skills and resources to unleash their potential benefits.

The objective of this project was to strengthen the capacity of SIPA, as well as that of relevant ministries and government agencies of other African countries, for the formulation, development and management of PPP projects. The project provided operational recommendations for SIPA to develop Swaziland’s own PPP model and procedures by providing practical tools and taking best practices from other countries of the COMESA region as a model.

Project outputs:

  • A series of training materials on PPP;

  • A one-day conference introducing PPP concepts to a wide audience of Swaziland’s public and private sector representatives, academia and civil society, attended by more than 80 participants;

  • A 4-day intensive training programme for key public officials of Swaziland and other African countries tasked with developing and managing PPPs. The workshop was attended by about 40 local participants of relevant ministries and institutions and several experts from the COMESA region providing regional best practice examples. A list of potential PPP projects was also developed during the training;

  • A report on Swaziland, identifying its potential for PPPs (by sector), developing PPP models, describing main decision factors in developing PPPs (e.g., cost control, liability and exposure minimisation, capital input, maintenance, system optimisation, staff and asset minimisation, customer service, accessibility), and developing a roadmap to be used as a tool by policy makers to identify (and plan for) the needed reforms.

More information and project documents are available at http://www.swaziland-ppp.org/.

  • Organisation of a conference and training programme for key public officials tasked with developing and managing PPPs;

  • Preparation of training materials about PPP;

  • Preparation of roadmap for PPP projects;

  • Identification of potential PPP projects in Swaziland.