Public Sector Infrastructure Delivery Through Public Private Partnerships in Zambia

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Ngoma, Sydney
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The University of Zambia
Zambia, like many other countries, has embraced Public Private Partnerships (PPPs) as a project delivery method. The country faces budgetary constraints which have made maintenance and provision of new infrastructure a challenge. PPPs seem to create opportunities which can stimulate investment in infrastructure development and economic growth. The aim of the study reported was to highlight benefits, constraints and risks inherent in the implementation of PPP construction projects in Zambia. Using literature review, structured interviews, questionnaire surveys and case studies to collect data, the study identified benefits and confirmed the prevalence of constraints and risks in the implementation of PPP construction projects in Zambia. The major benefits, constraints and risks were identified and ranked. There was agreement among respondents regarding the ranking of benefits, constraints and risks regarding construction projects in Zambia. Appropriate improvements to the regulatory framework were recommended for the PPP procurement approach to be successfully utilised and implemented in Zambia. The study also identified a staffing gap in management of PPP construction projects at national and municipal levels. It was established that the PPP Model that was developed during the study could be used to improve project planning, implementation and monitoring, thereby, enhancing delivery. Appropriate project management legislature, technical practices and training for successful execution of construction projects have been recommended, especially in developing economies like Zambia. Keywords: Public Private Partnerships, Benefits, Constraints, Risks, Zambia
Public-private sector cooperation , Infrastructure (Economics)--Zambia--Finance. , Transportation--Zambia--Finance.