Côte d’Ivoire’s economic performance has been impressive over the past four years with robust GDP growth, which has resulted in declining poverty. Cote d’Ivoire was Africa’s fastest growing economy in 2015 thanks to solid growth in public investment and exports. The government hopes to keep the momentum by implementing a series of reforms and launching an over US$ 15 billion national development plan. It also put in place the current regulatory environment for private investment in infrastructure and PPPs.
The country has a policy cell under the presidency, the National Steering Committee of Public Private Partnership (CNP-PPP) and its technical offshoots, the SE-PPP and CO-PPP. The relevant sector ministries or contracting authorities must coordinate with the CNP-PPP from inception of the project process and obtain its approval for contracting.
In recent years, the government has adopted additional measures to improve the business environment and institutional architecture for private sector development. These include the opening of the Commercial Court in Abidjan (October 2012) and the launch of the one-stop shop for business formalities (operational since December 2012).
Côte d’Ivoire has a long history of PPPs, including management, leasing, concession, BOO, and BOT arrangements. With the issuance of a presidential decree in 2012, the government put in place the current regulatory environment for private investment in infrastructure and PPPs. The decree constructed the administrative apparatus responsible for shepherding PPP projects from preparation through to post-contract oversight.
In September 2015, the National Steering Committee of Public-Private Partnerships (CNP-PPP) presented its official website, www.ppp.gouv.ci, intended to provide more information about PPP projects to investors and other project stakeholders. The PPP portfolio of Côte d’Ivoire has more than 120 projects for a total amount of nearly US$19.8 billion.
The PPP contract for management of water resources in Côte d’Ivoire is the oldest and largest water PPP in the developing world.
The Global Competitiveness Index (GCI) is published in the Global Competitiveness Report and assesses the competitiveness landscape of 140 economies. The GCI Infrastructure Score is a component of the overall index and covers transport, electricity and telephony infrastructure.
The public-private partnership (PPP) for the national water utility of Côte d’Ivoire is the oldest and largest water PPP in the developing world. In place since 1960 and today serving more than 7 million people, this PPP has provided quality service for decades and made remarkable progress in expanding access in the 1990s. It even proved resilient to civil strife and the de facto partition of the country in 2002. This African success story shows that a pragmatic partnership between a committed government and an efficient private operator can produce tangible and sustained benefits for the population.
This study is a product of the Africa Infrastructure Country Diagnostic (AICD), a project designed to expand the world’s knowledge of physical infrastructure in Africa. The AICD provides a baseline against which future improvements in infrastructure services can be measured, making it possible to monitor the results achieved from donor support. It also offers a solid empirical foundation for prioritizing investments and designing policy reforms in Africa’s infrastructure sectors.
The focus of the AICD country reports is on benchmarking sector performance and quantifying the main financing and efficiency gaps at the country level. These reports are particularly relevant to national policy makers and development partners working on...