Final government approval of the Ministry of Health’s first public-private partnership (PPP) project is expected soon and possibly by the end of 2011, the MEED Kuwait Energy & Infrastructure Projects 2011 conference was told this afternoon.

Dr S Ramar, consultant at the physical and rehabilitation hospital in the Ministry of Health, said that a transaction adviser had been appointed for the Ministry of Health’s 500-bed Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation hospital, which is to be built in Kuwait City. The core of the project will be 300 beds for in-patient and out-patient services. A further 100 beds will be allocated for geriatric rehabilitation and another 100 beds for special needs. 

“The transcastion advice contract has been signed,” Dr Ramar said. “The feasibility study has been done. The project is now waiting for exemption from the cabinet.” Dr Ramar said that special approval had to be secured for the project to be executed through the Partnerships Technical Bureau (PTB).

 Dr Ramar said that Kuwait had the Middle East’s most advanced programme for health rehabilitation.”More than 80 per cent of all persons with disability receive rehabilitation in Kuwait,” Dr Ramar said.

The MEED Kuwait Energy & Infrastructure conference has been organised with KPC as supporting partner. NBK is strategic partner. Agility and Gulf Investment Corporation are silver sponsors; bronze sponsors are ABB, Al Tamimi & Company and Gulf Bank. Mashreq, Drake & Scull and Mushrif Trading & Contracting Company are lunch sponsors. The conference sponsor is Ducab. Hill International; Pitchmastic Middle East, Tekneen District Cooling & Utilities and WorleyParsons are exhibitors.