This paper focuses on Zimbabwe’s PPP Policy, Institutional Arrangements and Legal Frameworks as a Member State in SADC providing specific recommendations for the implementation or enhancement of private sector participation in the development of public infrastructure in the country. The main objective is to serve as a strategic paper for the Government of Zimbabwe, and its Ministries in order to refine, develop and ultimately develop further its PPP Policy, Legal Framework, and Institutional Arrangements aimed at closing the ‘infrastructure gap’, and its negative impact on economic growth, job creation and social cohesion in Zimbabwe.
PPPs are increasingly seen as a mechanism to develop infrastructure on a cost effective and sustainable basis. If properly managed, PPPs have a potential to unlock the much needed financial resources to fund projects on electricity, telecommunications, transport, water, education and the health sectors. This article examines the current debate about PPPs and global experiences. Zimbabwe’s experience with the PPPs was also discussed. The study used documentary search for data gathering. The major finding is that there is low uptake of PPPs in Zimbabwe. There are no legal and clearly defined institutional frameworks. The literature reviewed has thrown some lessons for Zimbabwe.
A Continental Perspective
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...