Although the country’s PPP experience is limited, the government has focused on moving its PPP agenda forward and attracting foreign investment as the country works to recover from the consequences of the Ebola crisis.
In 2010 the government passed the PPP Act and later, in September 2014, it established the PPP Act 2014 which covers the facilitation, conclusion and implementation of PPPs. The Act also establishes the PPP Unit, sets out the responsibilities of the contracting authority and provides for the resolution of disputes.
The country’s PPP unit was initially set up in 2011, and later formally established in October 2014 to promote, facilitate and streamline conclusion and implementation as well as establish a private partner selection procedure for PPPs.
The government has been eager to develop its knowledge of PPP and has been getting assistance from several multilateral development banks.
Past PPP experience includes projects in the energy, ICT, solid waste management, education and transport sectors. The most recent projects involving private participation include: The Port of Freetown Container Terminal (2010), the Addax Biomass Plant (2011), the new petroleum jetty at the Kissy Oil Terminal (2014) and a 6 Mw solar park in Freetown (2014).
The PPP Unit has developed a five year Strategic Plan 2014–2019, which identifies a list of potential PPP projects for the coming years.
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