The British High Commission, in association with the UK Law Society and British Expertise, presented a one-day training workshop on PPPs on 27 July at the Intercontinental Hotel. This was part of a regional programme that included Mauritius, South Africa, Zimbabwe and other countries, as well as Zambia.
The title of the presentation was “Understanding PPP and the globally competitive market”. The pressing need for infrastructure development and services across the African continent has focussed increasing attention on the use of PPP models to secure investment and expertise. Successful PPP requires an adequate legal and regulatory framework, risk profiles and a realistic understanding of the market. This course was designed for policy makers, legal practitioners, procurement specialists and private sector participants.
The programme provided those attending with a good understanding of what they need to know to take an active role in effective PPP projects. It was designed by some of the most experienced practitioners in the world. The programme utilised case studies from Europe, South America and Africa to facilitate discussion and suggested lessons that can be learned from past projects to improve future PPP planning and implementation.
The programme covered many aspects of dealing with PPPs, including the objectives of PPPs, key definitions, features of typical PPPs, UK experience over the past several decades, the contractual framework, managing risk and many others – all of which can be found in his presentation.
A useful case study was given by the Southern African Regional Manager of Mott MacDonald, in which useful practical lessons, successes and failures, were discussed and provided a useful perspective from one of the world’s largest engineering practices.
The trainer, Malcolm Dowden, himself a solicitor in the UK with over twenty years expert experience in PPPs, presented his material in a way that was easy to understand by experts and layman alike.
A copy of his presentation is available to download.: PPP ZA