South Sudan has seen a decrease in infrastructure investment activity since the outbreak of conflict in December 2013. As a result of the conflict and subsequent instability, the country’s infrastructure is in a poor state.
As of 2016, there is no PPP law or PPP framework in place. Several multilateral organizations, such as the World Bank and the African Development Bank, have invited the government to develop a PPP framework to reduce demand on the national budget and to mobilize private funds to develop potential PPPs in the future.
Private sector provision of infrastructure services is currently limited to ICT infrastructure, river transport services, and road transport. As of 2016, there have been no PPP projects in South Sudan. The most advanced privately financed infrastructure project in the pipeline was Fula Rapids, a 42 MW hydro scheme, however due to the ongoing instability in the region, little is known about the project’s progress.
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.
At the request of the Government of the Republic of South Sudan (GRSS), the African Development Bank Group (AfDB) has provided assistance in preparing this flagship Infrastructure Action Plan (IAP) aimed at putting in place an effective instrument for all stakeholders in the collective effort to provide the necessary full-fledged support to address the country’s development challenges.
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...