Afghanistan's inadequate infrastructure remains one of the critical issues holding back economic growth in the country. The existing infrastructure can't satisfy the needs of economic development as well as the demand of a growing population. However, the country's large financial deficit and lack of resources limits the Government's capacity to meet growing infrastructure needs, and is a major obstacle to the country's efforts to improve its business environment. The Government recognizes the need to increase its efforts and scarce resources through Public Private Partnerships (PPP).
In recognition of the growing importance of the role of PPPs in Afghanistan, Harakat Afghanistan Investment Climate Facility (2009-2015) supported the Ministry of Finance (MOF) to establish a framework for PPPs in 2014. MOF created the Central Partnership Authority (CPA) to put this framework in to action.
Harakat is partnering with the Ministry of Finance to successfully get PPP projects off the ground, support the CPA, tackle bottlenecks in PPP processes and address technical gaps.
Reviewing and expanding the existing PPP legal, policy and regulatory framework.
Developing PPP guidelines, which include mapping the existing policy and regulatory framework, conducting a gap analysis against international benchmarks, and developing sector-specific regulations.
Operationalizing the CPA and building the capacity of its individual members.
Establishing an internationally reputable market for attracting global PPP investments
Developing a PPP project pipeline that includes identifying, scoping, selecting and prioritizing existing and anticipated projects
Identifying and forming strategic alliances with international sector-specific PPP best-practice bodies
Developing actionable and measurable Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) for Afghanistan's PPP program
Afghanistan's existing infrastructure can't satisfy the needs of economic development and the demand arising from population growth.
PPP opportunities in Afghanistan have been identified across many sectors, including energy, civil aviation, agriculture, irrigation, railways and hospitals.