The study conducted by the Research on Poverty Alleviation (REPOA) on Private Public Partnership (PPP) implication in Tanzania has discovered that the implementation of such an arrangement has only taken place to major projects leaving out minor projects which are the root cause for development.
The study suggested for the need of an awareness campaign to ensure that the arrangement is adopted at the lower levels of business projects to allow the country benefit from such opportunities.
The study examined the international experiences and some recent experiences in Tanzania to draw that emerge from the experiences, while at the same time setting out to fill the knowledge gap of what it takes to realise the potentials from PPP contributions in the country.
Speaking to journalists in Dar es Salaam yesterday, REPOA Executive Director Prof Samuel Wangwe said PPPs are crucial to spurring domestic private sector development and to enhance economic empowerment through joint ventures.
Prof Wangwe said the study also discovered fiscal implications that need to be analysed careful, adding that PPPs have fiscal implications and do not necessary remove public finance and debt implications.
He said there is need to develop the capacity to evaluate alternative modes of PPPs funding in terms of fiscal implications and establish proper accounting and reporting of financial implications.
“We should not only focus on implementing PPP in big projects, the actual implementation of the PPP’s arrangement could benefit Tanzania in all the sectors of economy” he said.
Regarding the issues of performance, monitoring and accountability, the study suggested for the need to monitor the quality of service delivery, fairness of pricing, ensuring cost effectiveness, public interest and the value for money.
For his part, the PPP Consultant Justine Sekumbo said Tanzania has a good policies and laws that favours foreign and local investments despite some few areas that need adjustments like the procurement procedures.
Sekumbo said the reviewed PPP act of 2009 has made it easy for investors to launch different projects through PPP arrangements that are designed to implement development agendas.
The PPP policy (2009) provided guidelines on appropriate instruments and openness in procurement procedures that includes; pricing, viability, technological transfer, framework for negotiation and approval of PPPs.
Others include; risk sharing framework, empowerment, and communication strategy by implanting a strategy for development of human resources under PPPS.
SOURCE: THE GUARDIAN