Infrastructure: Times are Changin ‘PPPs


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Sometimes change changes on us. And we can go back and understand that the world is different. This sound is true right now in the infrastructure space. Here are three examples:

It is now agreed that we will not achieve sustainable development goals without the involvement of private sector solutions: management, financing and innovation. The involvement of the private sector is no longer a question «whether». We are beyond ideology and ask for more help transfers. Now we look at «how» — and under what conditions — clustering in private solutions helps improve access to infrastructure services, while being fiscally, ecologically and socially sustainable.
This is what the World Bank Group’s Maximization Financing Financing is about infrastructure and other sectors. The energy sector in Cameroon is a good example where sectoral reforms have been backed by public lending, which in turn has helped the public and DFI funding for large investments such as the 216 megawatt Kribi gas project

. For years, infrastructure has been discussed as a class of assets. Although we are not yet there, progress is accelerated. Data systems, such as those issued by Moody’s on default rates and recovery rates for project funding loans, surveys and data provided by EDHEC, provide a richer set of information for infrastructure investors. In addition, Multilateral Development Banks (MDBs) are collaborating around a long-term data initiative to provide more information. Initiatives such as the IFC MCPP offer more access to infrastructure investment by institutional investors. Standardization is progressing, many countries are running infrastructure programs, helped by programs and resources such as the World Bank Group Scaling Solar Initiative and the PPP Contract Guidelines. And now, for the first time, decision-makers and investors have access to PPP public procurement reference information in 135 countries.

  1. Similarly, after several years of agreement on the need to step up the preparation of infrastructure projects for projects involving the potential involvement of the private sector, the various initiatives deliver results. Global Infrastructure Facility MDB currently supports 41 projects, with another 23 developing, for potential $ 44 billion investment. It is expected that eight or nine projects will come to commercial or financial closure within the next 12-18 months. Closed trade has recently been reached at Clark Airport in the Philippines, with IFC being a technical partner. Other facilities to prepare projects managed, for example, by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and the Asian Development Bank (ADB), were also very active. The Source Platform currently has over 180 infrastructure projects uploaded
    It is somewhat early to draw definitive conclusions, but the annual update of the Private Infrastructure Participation (PPP) database in 2017 reported that investment in private infrastructure in developing countries increased by 37% in 2016 to 93, 3 billion dollars in 304 projects
    These changes have not happened. They are the result of sustained work by MDB / DFI, government decision-makers and private investors — increasingly around joint initiatives and joint platforms.

    Finally, on my personal level, the change broke out. Starting today, I will take a year from the World Bank Group to go 3500 miles around the coast of England and Wales to raise awareness that cervical cancer is now a disease that can be eliminated. This cancer kills 250,000 women each year. One of these women was my wife, Melitta. This does not have to happen anymore. Cervical cancer is the first that humanity can eradicate through vaccination and screening

    Follow my progress and learn more at We released a 2 minute video yesterday; I would be honored if you see him.

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