Nigeria has been rated the among the top four leading voices in Public Private Partnerships, PPP, in the 2017 ranking of the World Bank Group, WBG.
Yelena Osipova-Stocker, communications officer for infrastructure, PPPs and Guarantees Group of the WBG stated this yesterday.
She described 2017 as a busy year in the world of infrastructure and public-private partnerships at the World Bank Group:
Yelena said Nigeria’s Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Commission, ICRC, came top four in the Leading voices in the field category .
Also, Chidi Izuwah, acting director-general, ICRC, said the portal had improved investor confidence in the country.
He said within the first 100 days of President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration, he stressed his commitment to attracting the private capital and expertise needed to address Nigeria’s infrastructure deficit.
He said the president’s commitment led to a renewed engagement between the World Bank Group and Nigeria to enhance the attractiveness of PPP in the country.
Izuwah said the portal helped to fulfill President Buhari’s goals of fostering transparency and accountability in PPPs, to attract
the much-needed foreign capital and expertise.
He said this would help scale up Nigeria’s infrastructure development through PPPs and promote sustainable growth and development.
“One major PPP transparency initiative is the study conducted by the World Bank Group’s PPP team between September 2016 and April 2017, using the Framework for Disclosure in PPPs.
” The team came up with a PPP Disclosure Diagnostic Report for Nigeria that examined the political, legal and institutional environment for disclosure of PPPs,” he said.
Izuwah said that the report made specific recommendations to improve disclosure in Nigeria by creating an enhanced framework for the scheme, applicable to all Federal Government PPP contracts.
On Sept. 22, 2017, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo launched the portal, sponsored by the World Bank and the ICRC.
The portal encourages proactive disclosure of contract agreement between the government and its contractors on PPP projects.