Kuwait evaluating $6bn of PPP projects

28 November 2016

Four projects currently under technical evaluation

The head of Kuwait’s public-private partnership (PPP) body says the organisation is currently evaluating proposals for projects worth about $6bn.

Speaking at MEED’s Kuwait Projects conference in Kuwait City on 28 November, Motlaq al-Sanei, general manager for Kuwait Authority for Partnership Projects (KAPP), said that four projects were currently under technical evaluation, with the projects having an estimated value of $6bn.

Al-Sanei outlined the changes to Kuwait’s PPP body and the country’s legal framework since the contract for the country’s first PPP project, the Al-Zour North 1 independent water and power project (IWPP), was awarded in 2013.

Al-Sanei said that due to exemptions to taxes and fees for developing projects, Kuwait offered a much more attractive PPP market than many other countries in the region.

The KAPP head said that the organisation still faced a number of obstacles delivering projects, including insufficient access to accurate data and changing technical criteria of project. Al-Sanei said acquiring and allocating sufficient land for projects was also causing some problems.

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