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World Bank undertaking study on PPP contingent liabilities in Pakistan

World Bank is currently undertaking a study on assessing contingent liabilities in public-private partnership in Pakistan. The overarching objective of this study is to assess the current situation and advise the Pakistani government on developing and implementing a sound framework for managing the contingent liability risk associated with PPPs. The study includes reviewing and making recommendations to … Continue reading

PPP Law in Sindh

Sindh Assembly has finally passed the PPP Law, laying out the foundation for a sound PPP legal regime in the province. This is the first PPP Law in the country. At the federal level, a draft PPP law has been pending for quite long and is still waiting for enactment. Punjab has earlier promulgated a … Continue reading

Government seeking Italian investment in PPPs

Prime Minister is seeking investment from Italian investors in oil and gas, power, infrastructure and mining sectors through public-private partnerships and joint ventures. For details see the news item.

Ownership in projects through public private partnership?

Hasaan Khawar In a recent meeting with parliamentarians from FATA, the President said that governemmt would like to give people ownership in mega development projects through public private partnerships (For details, click here). I’m not sure if PPPs can be used for this purpose, but they can surely be used to develop infrastructure and overcome the fiscal impediments, currently … Continue reading

Business Incubators & PPP

Hasaan Khawar Can business incubators be established through public-private partnership? This question struck my mind, while going through an article by MS Siddiqui on business incubators. While private participation is critical for the success of business incubators, running an incubation facility under PPP remains an open question. While the cost recovery can be made through rents from the incubated companies, other benefits may … Continue reading

Local PPP Consultants in Bangladesh

A local consulting firm has made its mark in the PPP sector in Bangladesh. e-Gen, formed by Syed Munir Khasru, a professor Institute of Business Administration (IBA), University of Dhaka, has been awarded international projects by World Bank and Asian Development Bank. It has developed public-private partnership module for Indian infrastructure. e.Gen has competed against some … Continue reading

PM’s Meeting with Task Force for Private Sector Development

The Prime Minister recently met the Task Force for private sector development. According to him, the private sector is a major driver of the economic activities and the government desires to encourage its participation in the economic progress and prosperity. The government, he said, also intends to encourage public-private partnership in all sectors since government … Continue reading

Infrastructure Renewal

By Hasaan Khawar  Monday, 15 Feb, 2010 | 02:39 AM PST | Economic & Business Review THE government is considering a possible reduction of more than Rs160 billion in the Public Sector Development Programme (PSDP), while the ministry of finance is pushing for an even bigger cut of close to Rs190 billion. These massive cuts … Continue reading

Public Private Partnership and Ailing State Owned Enterprises

In a meeting of businessmen at Islamabad Chamber of Commerce & Industry (ICCI), Shaukat Tarin mentioned that government should consider developing public-private partnership in loss making SOEs to turn them into profit earning organizations. He was referring to SOEs like Pakistan Railways, Pakistan International Airlines, Pakistan Steel Mills and Pepco, which are costing the national exchequer … Continue reading

PPP to take priority under Colombo Plan

In one of the recent meetings under Colombo Plan, the Indian Finance Minister emphasized the role of PPPs and urged the members to take action to address various factors impeding PPP process, including policy and regulatory gaps, inadequate availability of long-term finance, management capacity and inadequate shelf of bankable infrastructure projects.  Colombo Plan is a … Continue reading