Prime Minister and Chairman of the PPP Council, Hani Al Mulki, stressed the important role PPPs play in encouraging greater private sector participation in economic development in Jordan.
During a meeting with the PPP Council last Monday at the Prime Ministry Office, Mulki noted that PPPs will allow the implementation of investment projects that would positively impact national economy, create jobs for Jordanians and improve poverty and unemployment rates. He further highlighted the need to take quick steps to enable the private sector to participate in government projects in line with the PPP Law.
The meeting was attended by members of the PPP Council, namely the ministers of planning and international cooperation, energy and mineral resources, finance, industry and trade and supply and the governor of the Central Bank. Also in attendance were the PPP Unit director, the ministers of public works and housing, environment, health, information and communication technology, transport, the chairman of the Investment Commission, and the secretary general of the ministry of finance.
At the meeting, the Council discussed several items listed in the agenda and approved the following:
- The Bus Rapid Transit infrastructure project to be implemented through a PPP and to issue a tender for the Amman-Zarqa RBT operator and a RBT operator within the Greater Amman Municipality zone.
- The service and complaint management system project for all ministries and government departments to be implemented through PPP.(help desk)
- The investment, development and rehabilitation of the Amman Civil Airport / Marka project to be implemented through PPP and to assign the ministry of transport to develop the terms of reference for the project consultant in cooperation with the PPP Unit. The Council also approved the formation of a steering and technical committee for the project.
- Assign the PPP Unit to conduct in cooperation with the Ministry of Municipal Affairs a pre-feasibility study for two slaughterhouses in Irbid and Karak through a DBOT model.
- Set up a technical steering committee for the fiber optics business models project, and a technical committee for the collection and recycling of expired lead acid batteries project, and a technical steering committee for the establishment of a central industrial wastewater treatment plant in Hallabat.
- Construct a new building for the science college at the Tafilah University through PPP.
- Develop mechanisms to activate the role of post offices through PPPs.
The government had embarked on an ambitious national program to build public private partnerships to spur economic growth, create jobs, and implement infrastructure and service projects through the Public Private Partnership Unit at the Ministry of Finance.
GOJ had approved several PPPs such as the business models for the fiber optics network project, the establishment of a central industrial wastewater treatment plant in Halabat, the collection and recycling of expired lead acid batteries, the hazardous medical waste project, and the establishment of cargo facilities and yards and passenger terminal at the King Hussein Bridge through a BOT model.