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60-KM long Hyderabad MirpurKhas Dual Carriage Way under PPP Mode

By Hasaan Khawar The 60-KM long Hyderabad MirpurKhas Dual Carriage Way, leading to That Coal Fields, is being constructed under PPP mode (DFBOT), by Korian firm namely M/s Deokjae Construction Company which was selected as the private partner through competitive bidding process. The Concession Agreement was signed between the Government of Sindh and M/S Deokjae … Continue reading

M-9 to be upgraded under PPP mode

By Hasaan Khawar Govt. of Pakistan is planning to upgrade Karachi-Hyderabad Super Highway (M-9) into a motorway through PPP, under Build-Operate-Own (BOO) mode. Currently the 138 KM long Super Highway is serving a traffic volume of over 21,000 vehicles per day with over 60% of heavy traffic. Proposals have been submitted by two firms, one … Continue reading

PWC Report on PPPs

A report released by PWC presents recommendations for promoting PPPs, including building national PPP Centres of Excellence;  not to undertake PPPs based on balance sheet treatment; developing shadow private sector bid models at the outset; streamlining speed and cost of procurement; and sharing refinancing benefits. The full report can be accessed here.

PPPs in Pakistan Railways – When and how?

By Hasaan Khawar President of Pakistan has given his go ahead to release PKR 6 billion for bleeding and crippled Pakistan Railways (PR), for repair of old and purchase of new locomotives. FInancial sustainability of PR has long been under question but recently even the employees have started to bear the brunt of PR’s ill … Continue reading

Enterprise Development Centers under PPP?

Business Support Fund, a small business support fund under SMEDA is planning to develop and run Enterprise Development Centers for farmers’ support, under PPP mode. It is however, not clear at this stage how this PPP arrangement is going to work. PPPs are often confused with private sector-driven initiatives and it may at best prove … Continue reading

Private sector driven Pakistan Cotton Board to be established

The government is planning to establish an autonomous Pakistan Cotton Board, on the basis of public private partnership in an effort to double domestic cotton output within the next few years. The autonomous board would work on public private model to develop indigenous high yielding cotton varieties to boost domestic production. See details here.

PPPs may be the route to go for parking plazas in Lahore

By Hasaan Khawar   After the completion of parking plaza at Liberty Market in Lahore, the government is not only planning to convert this center into a viable entity but is also planning to construct various other plazas in the city. While, considering the fact that parking is a serious problem, it may not be … Continue reading

IPDF & CDA join hands to develop waste to energy for Islamabad under PPP mode

In order to address the current and future problems related to solid waste management in the city, CDA in collaboration with Infrastructure Project Development Facility (IPDF) has a conceived a modern Municipal Solid Waste Management Project under public private partnership model. According to a spokesperson of IPDF, globally cities and municipalities are devising innovative methods and use … Continue reading

Punjab Govt. to produce 550 MW under PPP mode

According to CM Punjab, Punjab Government is planning to complete the projects of 550 megawatts through public-private partnership, including 300 megawatts electricity in Chamalang, 100 megawatts each in Sundar Industrial Estate Lahore and Faisalabad Industrial Estate and 30 megawatts in Multan through coal. Moreover, according to him, an agreement has been made with Chinese company … Continue reading

Are governments destroying free markets with public-private partnerships?

Rachel Alexander believes that cash-strapped governments consider PPPs as a sneaky way around to continue launching large ambitious expensive projects by using a private entity to put up the initial cost in exchange for guaranteed returns and consequently, government ends up in more debt in the long-term because the private entity no longer acts like … Continue reading