PPIAF has supported the Government of Jordan to improve the institutional and policy environment for public-private partnerships (PPPs). The objective is to provide the enabling conditions for the development of a PPP program that seeks to improve and expand access to infrastructure services to the people of Jordan. The Public-Private Infrastructure Advisory Facility (PPIAF) provided funding in 2013 to support the definition and establishment of a PPP Unit within the Ministry of Finance, provide recommendations to improve the legal and regulatory framework for PPPs, draft a PPP policy, and identify a pipeline of priority PPP projects. As a result of the PPIAF support, the PPP Unit has been established based on the recommended...
This article gives an overview of the objectives, progression, and a history of noteworthy privatizations in all sectors in Jordan.
MENA Knowledge & Learning - Quick Note Series
While many governments in the Arab world have undertaken some privatizations since the early 1990s, many retain surprisingly large portfolios of fully, majority, or minority state-owned enterprises. As in other parts of the world, privatization often causes concerns among citizens. Workers fear loss of employment and benefits; consumers worry about price increases; and voters mistrust government officials.
Jordan’s experience during 1998 – 2008, when the Government of Jordan privatized 14 state-owned enterprises– in telecommunications, electricity, air transport, mining and other sectors – with technical assistance program financing from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) demonstrates both how privatization can...
In 2006, the Government of Jordan awarded a 25 year build-operate-transfer (BOT) contract to Samra Wastewater Treatment Plant Company (WWTP). It is the first BOT and public-private partnership in the country. The project directly addresses Jordan’s capacity
to address its severe water deficit of about 450 cubic meters annually and thus, its growth capacity. When completed the As-Samra wastewater treatment plant will be the largest facility of its kind in the country.
Public-Private Partnerships Briefs
The Queen Alia Airport is Jordan’s main international airport and a key component of the country’s transport, trade and tourism infrastructure. In 2007, IFC served as transaction advisor
to the Jordanian government on structuring and awarding a 25-year concession to a private sector operator responsible for reconstructing and expanding the airport’s terminal.
It was the first successful airport public-private partnership in the Middle East. IFC subsequently financed the project by providing and arranging $280 million in loans. The new
terminal was opened in March 2013 and by mid-2014, IFC provided and arranged an additional $68 million in loans to finance an expansion of the new terminal’s related...