Egypt is planning to expand the presence of its public-private partnership (PPP) model into the main government ministries, MEED’s Egypt Mega Projects conference was told.

Speaking at the event in Cairo on 8 December, Atter Hannoura, director of the PPP Central Unit, Ministry of Finance, told the conference that there was plans to have a PPP unit or representative in each of the major government ministries that procure major infrastructure projects.

Hannoura said that the more projects that were executed using the PPP model, then there will be more interest from government ministries to adopt the model to develop major projects.

Hannoura said that four PPP projects were currently underway, a further eight in the pipeline and 12 under consideration for future development.

In August, Egypt’s PPP Central Unit, on behalf of Egypt’s Construction Authority for Potable Water & Wastewater (CAPW), has signed a contract with a consortium of the local Orascom Construction and International Consultants for Agency & Trade (Icat), Spain’s Aqualia, and France’s Veolia to build the Abu Rawash wastewater treatment plant expansion.

MEED reported on 18 August that the group had been selected and that a contract award was imminent.

The scheme is being developed as a public-private partnership (PPP) project.

The winning consortium has signed a 25-year deal with CAPW. The tendering of the project has been overseen by the PPP Central Unit.