Public Private Partnership (PPP) in the Middle East and North Africa 2021 and beyond - MEED Insights

Public Private Partnership (PPP) in the Middle East and North Africa 2021 and beyond - MEED Insights

  • GlobalData
  • October 2020
  • Construction
  • 237 pages

Report Description


Modern infrastructure and worldclass public services are central to the national visions being pursued across the Middle East and North Africa (Mena), as governments try to meet the needs of growing populations. Equally important, is the goal to grow private sector participation in driving growth and creating jobs.

Executed properly, public private partnerships (PPP) will deliver these goals. PPPs provide a model that allows governments to continue developing strategic projects and services without the need to increase direct state capital spending.

At the same time, a reliable flow of well structured, commercially attractive PPP projects will stimulate private investment and ensure that strategic performance targets to improve services and reduce waste are achieved.

But despite these compelling selling points, PPPs largely have failed to gain traction in the region outside the electricity sector, where modular construction, sovereign offtake guarantees, and longterm feedstock supply agreements reduce complexity and risk.

The New Normal

There are many reasons for the slow adoption of PPPs in the Mena region. Lack of supportive legal and institutional frameworks. Lack of capacity. Lack of track record. Failure to provide bankable projects that are attractive to investors. And so on. But the biggest factor has been a lack of political will to move to PPP. There has been no urgent need to hand over state assets to private developers.

This picture has changed. Since 2015, weak oil prices have hit the revenues of oil producing countries, particularly those in the GCC.

In 2020, Covid19 applied breaking strain to the regional economies, and traditional public spending trends is being reviewed and cut back. Historically governments have invested heavily into infrastructure projects and public assets such as hospitals, schools, transport and more. PostCovid19 world, new forms of project finance are required.

Governments across the region are turning their focus to alternative project finance solutions, and PPP contracts are taking shape.

The report identifies a pipeline 242 PPP projects worth an estimated $223bn being developed.

These include schools projects in Saudi Arabia, healthcare in Kuwait and water and power projects in Qatar. In early 2020, Abu Dhabi announced its intention to tender US$2.7 billion in PPP projects to finance and operate new social, municipal and transportation assets.

For contractors, consultants and anyone else involved in the region’s construction and infrastructure industry, PPP is arguably the most exciting and lucrative source of new business opportunities around.

Countries that do not already have PPP legislation in place are moving hastily to establish new legal and institutional frameworks to support PPPs, while those that do are drawing up significant pipelines of projects to take to the market. Some schemes are being tendered even before legislation is put in place.

Bankable projects

It will not be easy, and the latest push towards PPP must avoid the pitfalls of the past to succeed. Selecting appropriate and bankable projects will be key, as will building up institutional capacity and developing a body of skilled civil servants.

This report is the latest premium market intelligence report from MEED Insight. It provides a comprehensive review of the region’s growing PPP market and assesses the outlook, opportunities and challenges for PPP in the region.

Covering 14 markets in the Mena region, PPP in the Middle East and North Africa 2021 assesses the legal and institutional frameworks that are being set up to support PPPs.

It examines the PPP project pipeline in each country and considers the political, economic and commercial challenges involved in contracting successful PPP projects.

Published in October 2020, the report looks at how Covid19 has both disrupted and accelerated PPP in the region.

Written by MEED, the Middle East market experts within the GlobalData Group, providing a comprehensive market review with forwardlooking analysis, this report is a valuable resource for anyone interested in PPP in the Mena region, including government central units, policy makers and advisers, regulators, developers, lawyers, investors, contractors, manufacturers and consultants.


  •  Covers 14 country markets, including Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Morocco, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, UAE
  •  Examines the plans for PPP in all sectors including education, healtcare, housing, power, transport, wastewater and water
  •  Details of the pipeline of over 242 current and planned PPP projects
  •  Examines the history of PPP projects in the region
  •  Assesses PPP investment and contracting opportunities in the region
  •  An update on progress on existing PPP projects
  •  As assement of the impact of Covid19 on PPP plans
  •  Explains PPP legal and institutional frameworks in the region
  •  Details key clients and PPP projects sponsors
  •  Details of PPP central units and PPP legislation

Reasons to Buy

  •  This reportb helps you to understand the PPP market in the region and to identify new opportunities.
  •  It informs strategy
  •  Helps you understand PPP policy and legal frameworks
  •  Identifies new and potential opportunities
  •  Highlights challenges in the market
  •  Helps you minimise risk.
  •  Updated for Covid19, it explains the impact of the virus on PPPs in the region

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Table of Contents

1. PPP moves forward amid Covid crisis
1.1 What is public-private partnership?
1.2 Advantages and disadvantages of PPP
1.3 Past experience

2. Gulf - GCC regional summary

3. PPP in Bahrain

3.1 Commentary
3.2 Policy & Regulations
3.3 History
3.4 Projects

4. PPP in Iran
4.1 Commentary
4.2 Policy & regulations
4.3 History
4.4 PPP programme and projects
5. PPP in Iraq
5.1 Commentary
5.2 Policy & regulations
5.3 History
5.4 Projects

6. PPP in Kuwait
6.1 Commentary
6.2 Policy & regulations
6.3 History
6.4 Projects
7. PPP in Oman
7.1 Commentary
7.2 Policy & regulations
7.3 History
7.4 Projects

8. PPP in Qatar
8.1 Commentary
8.2 Policy & regulations
8.3 History
8.4 PPP Programme

9. PPP in Saudi Arabia
9.1 Commentary
9.2 Policy & regulations
9.3 History
9.4 PPP Programme and projects

10. PPP in the UAE
10.1 Commentary
10.2 Dubai
10.3 Abu Dhabi
10.4 Northern Emirates

11. Levant
Regional summary

12. PPP in Jordan
12.1 Commentary
12.2 Policy & regulations
12.3 History
12.4 Programme & projects

13. PPP in Lebanon
13.1 Commentary
13.2 Policy & regulations
13.3 History
13.4 Programme & projects

14. North Africa
15. PPP in Algeria
15.1 Commentary
15.2 Policy & regulations
15.3 History
15.4 PPP Programme & projects

16. PPP in Egypt
16.1 Commentary
16.2 Policy & regulations
16.3 History
16.4 Programme & projects

17. PPP in Morocco
17.1 Commentary
17.2 Policy & regulations
17.3 History
17.4 Projects

18. PPP in Tunisia
18.1 Commentary
18.2 Policy & regulations
18.3 History
18.4 PPP Programme & projects

19. Appendix

List of Tables

Table 1: PPP framework and projects pipeline summary
Table 2: Prince Mohammed bin Abdulaziz International Airport
Table 3: Risk allocation for New Cairo Wastewater Treatment Plant Project
Table 4: Mafraq-Ghuweifat Highway
Table 5: Top 15 active PPP projects, GCC
Table 6: North Bahrain New Town and Al-Lawzi housing project
Table 7: Ongoing/upcoming projects in the housing sector
Table 8: LNG Import Terminal
Table 9: Upcoming projects in the transportation sector
Table 10: MEW Al-Dur 2 IWPP
Table 11: Askar waste-to-energy plant
Table 12: Ongoing power projects
Table 13: Ongoing water projects
Table 14: Planned airport BOT schemes
Table 15: Selected power and water projects
Table 16: Iraq transport projects
Table 17: Selected oil projects
Table 18: Status of KAPP projects
Table 19: Al-Zour North IWPP phase 1
Table 20: Al-Zour North IWPP phase 2 & 3
Table 21: Al-Khiran IWPP phase 1
Table 22: Al-Kabd municipal solid waste facility
Table 23: Al-Abdaliyah integrated solar combined-cycle IPP
Table 24: Al-Dibdibah Solar project
Table 25: Kuwait National Rail Road
Table 26: Kuwait Metropolitan Rapid Transit System
Table 27: Kuwait Metro phases
Table 28: Schools development programme
Table 29: Ongoing/upcoming projects in the housing sector
Table 30: PPP projects originally planned under PTB
Table 31: Sultan Qaboos Medical City PPP
Table 32: Ongoing PPP projects in the power & water sector
Table 33: Planned renewable energy IPPs
Table 34: List of Qatar schoools PPP packages
Table 35: Planned PPP projects
Table 36: Pipeline of PPP projects in Saudi Arabia
Table 37: NCP Mandate for PPP Projects
Table 38: Major active power PPP projects in Saudi Arabia*
Table 39: List of bidders with prices for the 300MW PV solar project at Sakaka
Table 40: List of bidders with prices for category A and B Projects
Table 41: Projects under Round 3 of NREP
Table 42: SWCC Contracts between 2019 and 2020
Table 43: Planned IWPs
Table 44: Planned ISTPs
Table 45: Planned IWTPs
Table 46: Planned Railway PPP Projects
Table 47: PPP Projects under execution
Table 48: Upcoming projects in Dubai
Table 49: Major ongoing PPP projects
Table 50: Upcoming projects in Abu Dhabi
Table 51: Planned projects in the UAE Northern Emirates
Table 52: Selected planned projects
Table 53: Power projects under construction*
Table 54: Planned IPPs
Table 55: Ongoing water projects
Table 56: Transport projects
Table 57: PPP projects pipeline in 2017
Table 58: Selected PPP projects under execution in Egypt
Table 59: West Nile IPPs that have been put on hold
Table 60: Selected planned PPP projects

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