Tunisia is currently working with the OECD to operationalise the country’s new PPP law, which was voted through by Tunisia’s parliament in November 2015 with the aim of promoting the transparency, efficiency and effectiveness of public spending in the country.
This work is also taking place within the framework of the Middle East and North Africa Transition Fund Project launched by the African Development Bank and the OECD, which agreed to support the Tunisian government in 2013.
It is funded by the Middle Income Country Technical Assistance Fund and the Deauville Partnership, a multilateral initiative to support economic transition in the Middle East and North Africa.
The Tunisian government has selected 33 projects worth about $5bn to develop through its PPP framework
The biggest PPP scheme to date in Tunisia was the 2007 handing over of the management of the Enfidha and Monastir International airports to Tukey’s TAV Airports in a deal reported as having brought in $840m in investment.
This was also the most recent major PPP deal to proceed, although in 2010, a $95m PPP scheme for a desalination plant in Djerba went ahead.
Looking forward, the Tunisian government has selected 33 projects worth about $5bn to develop through its PPP framework, and is working to provide a backdrop of economic stability to attract local and international investors.
The programme is sponsored by the International Finance Corporation and the European Bank for Reconstruction & Development, in a substantive vote of confidence to the programme’s seriousness.
> Algeria: PPP framework fails to modernise
> Bahrain: Manama ramps up its PPP plans
> Egypt: Mixed results for Egyptian PPPs
> Iraq: Crises and protests curb Iraq PPPs
> Jordan: Construction sector eyes PPP opportunities
> Kuwait: Corner turned on water and power schemes
> Lebanon: PPPs offer route to recovery
> Morocco: Rabat reforms legislation to spur PPPs
> Oman: Muscat risks PPP confidence loss
> Saudi Arabia: Riyadh refocuses PPP plans
> Tunisia: PPP plans draw broad support
> UAE: PPPs expected to take off in UAE
> Other GCC: Gulf state bolsters legislation to drive PPPs
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