In line with the core objective of improving infrastructure service provision, the Government of Djibouti is increasingly encouraging private participation in infrastructure to bridge their infrastructure gap. There are no impediments to the concept of PPPs in Djibouti’s existing legal framework. “Concession laws” across different sectors allow for bilateral agreements containing many of the contractual arrangements typically found in PPPs. Nevertheless, the notion of PPPs is not distinctly defined as there is no legislation specifically dedicated to PPPs nor a specific actor or agency with exclusive responsibility for the design and implementation of PPPs. The government’s support for PPP projects is therefore not consistent across the board.
In the absence of PPP-specific laws and institutions, the Government of Djibouti is currently working to reform the legal and regulatory framework with the support of multilateral development banks, drawing on international best practices and Djibouti’s development strategy. In the context of this on-going reform process, the government is considering issuing a decree outlining a PPP policy, which will drive the drafting of a PPP law by the National Assembly. The policy will also facilitate the creation of a PPP unit and several pilot PPP projects will be launched based on pre-feasibility studies of the most promising projects in the pipeline. The government hopes to put into place an optimized process that will focus on competitive tendering of PPPs and careful selection of projects as PPPs where appropriate. The specific details of this new PPP regime are currently under review by the government.
Between 2000 and 2007, Djibouti implemented four PPPs in the transport and logistics sector involving different actors across ministries and other authorities. Several large PPP projects are currently under consideration, including a geothermal power plant as well as the completion of the Djibouti portion of the Djibouti-Addis Ababa joint railway line.
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 International Finance Corporation (“IFC”), a member of the World Bank Group, has developed a series of systematic learning events on Public-Private Partnerships (“PPP”s). These learning events will target government officials with the aim of developing a greater understanding of PPP‟s, building capacity, and encouraging them to implement their own successful PPP programs in their respective countries. The most recent seminar, and third in the series, was held in Cairo on the 12th – 13th of April 2010 and focused on the port sector. The seminar was targeted towards high-level government officials from African and Middle Eastern countries with the aim of providing an educational forum on approaches to PPP‟s in the port sector, as...