Mauritius, with an economy reliant on the tourism industry, has a large financial sector with the potential to finance the infrastructure needs of the country. Moreover the private sector has the capacity to carry out the due diligence required in the PPP process.
Mauritius has a legal and institutional framework for PPPs in place. The PPP Act of 2004 includes legislation on financial management and procurement, as well as regulations and procedures for operating the PPP project cycle. The Act also establishes a PPP Unit, defines the responsibilities of implementing agencies and defines the key elements of PPP-related agreements and studies.
In March 2016, the National Assembly passed the Build Operate Transfer (BOT) Projects Act. The Act defines the private sector’s responsibilities in the design, financing, construction and operation of infrastructure projects during the concession period.
As of 2015, Mauritius has seen PPPs in the transport, water and energy sectors (independent power producer (IPP) projects). The Mauritius Road Decongestion PPP Program (2013) is an example of the use of the PPP model in the country’s transport sector.
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.
This is the fourth comparative study of SOE performance in the Pacific undertaken by the Asian Development Bank (ADB), and the first to include island countries from the Atlantic Ocean (Republic of Cabo Verde, or “Cabo Verde”), the Caribbean (Jamaica), and the Indian Ocean (Mauritius). This expansion of the study was specifically requested by the Pacific island countries to provide a more global benchmark for their SOE sectors. The study assesses SOEs’ impact on the participating countries’ economies, and identifies key performance drivers and reform strategies to guide future policy action. A key theme is finding the balance between the roles of the public and private sectors.
The website for the SADC 3P Network Country Report on Mauritius.
Throughout the SADC region, rapidly growing demand exists for infrastructure in the form of Roads, Bridges, Railways, ICT, Water Supply, Sanitation and Energy. Private investment in infrastructure has been on the rise in recent years and PPPs are increasingly being considered an important vehicle to close the infrastructure gap. It was for this reason that the SADC ministers of Infrastructure in 2010 mandated the SADC Secretariat to establish a 3P network for the SADC region. The SADC 3P network was then launched in February 2011. The network initially focused on capacity building but subsequently came to the conclusion that it had to also play a role in PPP project...