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Training on Mediterranean Public Private Partnership schemes in Water Infrastructure

on 09 January 2012.

This three-day long regional training course was organized in Amman, Jordan (19-21 December 2011) and was a collaborative effort of two ENPI funded projects, the H2020 CB/MEP and the recently launched Sustainable Integrated Water management (SWIM) project. Twenty five high-level professionals from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Jordan, Lebanon, Montenegro, Morocco, oPt and Tunisia attended the course.

Many countries and utilities face different problems and impediments when implementing infrastructure projects. This necessitates the inclusion of innovative ways in implementation methods in order to avoid and overcome such obstacles. One of the major problems is the availability of finance. Private Sector Participation (PSP), in addition to directly addressing financial issues, provides other advantages related to the technology, risk allocation or sharing, timing, and management. The magnitude of each of these factors depends on the scheme submitted for implementation.

The main objective of this training course was to deepen the participants’ know how on the concept of PPP for different projects, their capacity to identify risks and risk sharing methods as well as their implications, always within the context of Integrated Water Resource Management (IWRM). The course consisted of four main parts: (1) Background and type of PSPs and selection methodology, (2) Enabling environment, risk management and allocation, (3) Financial considerations and modeling, and (4) Case studies.

The course was organized by the Arab Countries Water Utilities Association (ACWUA) with the contribution of expertise also from the Global Water Partnership-Mediterranean (GWP-Med).