Due to prolonged conflict and instability, the infrastructure network in Sudan is in need of upgrade and expansion. The government of Sudan is committed to increasing private sector participation in delivering infrastructure services and boosting overall economic growth.
As part of this commitment, the country’s government, with the support of the World Bank, is currently working to develop a legal, policy and institutional framework to attract private investment into the infrastructure sector to carry out PPP projects. It is also working to establish a PPP unit and to identify potential PPP projects.
There is not yet stable institutional support for private participation in infrastructure. Sudan does not have a PPP-specific policy and law in place; however, existing laws in Sudan do not seem to prohibit PPPs. In the past, projects have been implemented within the current legal structure. A PPP unit was set up recently, but it will require more staffing and resources in order to become fully operational.
In the past, Sudan has seen private participation in the telecom, transport and water sectors and, as of 2016, there have been three PPPs. A notable PPP project is the Omdurman water supply and optimization project, a design-build-operate-transfer contract between a private company (Al Manara Water Company) and the Khartoum State Water Corporation. The contract covers the construction and operation of a water treatment plant, and pumping and storage facilities to serve the Omdurman area in Khartoum. Funding for the project was secured by a combination of loans and grants.
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 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...