Scaling up Public Private Partnerships for the Energy Sector

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Scaling up Public Private Partnerships for the Energy Sector

In line with the High 5s, the African Development Institute (ECAD) in collaboration with the African Legal Support Facility (ALSF), the Eastern Africa Regional Center (RDGE) and the Sudan Country Office (COSD) conducted a capacity building workshop on “Scaling up Public Private Partnerships for the Energy Sector” for practitioners in Khartoum, Sudan from 8-12 July 2018.

The objective of the workshop was to strengthen the legal and financial capacities of key PPP stakeholders in Sudan on how to initiate, implement and maintain PPPs in energy Sector. PPPs are innovative financing mechanisms in meeting the growing demand for infrastructure investment in Africa estimated to exceed US $50 to 70 billion annually. Thus, the workshop is crucial in generating and disseminating knowledge to transform Sudan’s economy, build enduring institutions and strengthen policy-making capacity.

Based on demand, the five-day workshop training specifically covered critical topics and contents on PPP policy, legal, regulatory and institutional framework. The workshop also focused on project identification, structuring, procurement, feasibility, insurance, risk management and financing. Case studies, exercises, simulations, group discussions, e-Learning, videos, presentations and role-plays were held to enhance effective knowledge transfer during the workshop.

A total of forty participants (40% being women) were drawn from the Ministries of Finance and Economic Planning, Water and Energy Resources, Transport, Industry as well as the Private Sector and Civil Society.

In his opening remarks, the country’s Under-Secretary Abdallah Ibrahim, said that he was impressed with the professional training accorded to the PPP Unit. With the lifting of sanctions, he underscored that sound policies combined with political support were crucial in driving growth and development in Sudan. He further highlighted the major role played by the private sector. Abdallah Ibrahim extended his country’s appreciations to the African Development Bank for delivering a high quality workshop.

The Director of PPP Unit in the Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning, Hayat Hassan Shamat Salih, echoed the importance of the African Development Institute in disseminating knowledge in public-private partnerships in Sudan. She outlined that since 2015, the government adopted comprehensive laws and programs to improve the climate for PPPs and unlocking private sector barriers.

Participants were encouraged not only to seize the opportunity but also to leverage the knowledge and skills to be acquire in order to shape the destiny of the country through PPPs.

Productive sessions are the hallmark of the intellectual discourse. Participants expressed worthiness of the timely intervention

 

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