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Active
infrastructure
PPPs

IFC Advisory Services in Infrastructure


Ongoing Public-Private Partnerships in the Middle East & North Africa

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There are currently nine active public-private partnerships (PPP) in infrastructure in the region.
The degree of poverty vulnerability in the Middle East and North Africa is very high. Overall, al-
though less than 2 percent of the region’s residents live on less than US$1 a day, some 20 per-
cent live on less than US$2 a day. With this clustering of large proportions of the population
around the poverty line, unemployment remains the greatest development challenge and most
new jobs have come from the private sector. IFC has expanded its advisory services to improve
the business enabling environment and encourage public-private partnerships for the develop-
ment of infrastructure. Reducing infrastructure bottlenecks—especially in transportation—is a
strategic priority to support the region’s sustained long term growth.

IFC Advisory Services


in Infrastructure IFC works closely with many partners including: Australia, Austria, Brazil, Canada, France, Ireland, Italy, Japan,
Middle East & North Africa Kuwait, Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, the United States, the Public-
Private Infrastructure Advisory Facility, the Global Partnership for Output-Based Aid, the Private Infrastructure
The Gate - DFIC Development Group, the African Development Bank, the Asian Development Bank, the Brazilian Development
West 10th Floor, Sheik Zayed Road
Bank, the Caribbean Development Bank, the Central American Bank for Economic Integration, the European
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
T. +971 4 360 1004 Investment Bank, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, the Inter-American Development
E. infrastructureadvisory@ifc.org Bank, the Infrastructure Consortium for Africa, and the Islamic Development Bank.
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Active Public-Private Partnerships
EGYPT Development Authority. This transaction will be a model for
Cairo-Alexandria Freeway
the eventual privatization of other distribution companies in the
IFC is advising the Government on a concession for the country.
rehabilitation of the Cairo-Alexandria toll road and its expansion
into a freeway that meets international standards. The road SAUDI ARABIA
system has an aggregate length of 750 km and includes the Cairo- Airport cities
Alexandria desert road and the northern coastal road between Port As part of a major effort to enhance Saudi Arabia’s international
Said and Marsa Matrouh. This project will develop a model PPP airport infrastructure, diversify and increase commercial activities,
transaction in the country’s transport sector and pave the way for and provide job creation for the Kingdom, the General Authority
development of the interstate transportation system. of Civil Aviation (GACA) has engaged IFC as a lead advisor for
development of airport cities at King Abdulaziz International
Alexandria University Hospitals Airport (KAIA) outside Jeddah and King Khalid International
IFC is advising the Government on PPPs for the design, Airport (KKIA) in Riyadh.
construction, financing, and facility management of two centrally
located public hospitals and a blood bank in Alexandria, Egypt. Madinah International Airport
The project includes: IFC is serving as a lead advisor to GACA on a PPP to expand,
rehabilitate, and operate Prince Mohammed bin Abdulaziz
• A 200-bed gynecology/obstetrics hospital that will be part of International Airport in Madinah. Pilgrimage traffic to Madinah
the Smouha hospital complex, which includes pediatric and has been growing an average 21 percent a year for the past five
emergency hospitals. years and is projected to reach close to eight percent per year over
the next five. The expanded airport is expected to handle about
• A 223-bed specialized hospital with “centers of excellence”
eight million passengers a year by 2014 and 14 million by 2022.
that provide highly specialized services in neurosurgery and The project’s first phase includes construction of a new passenger
urology, including kidney transplants. The new facility will be terminal and 14 air bridges.
located near the the existing Mowassat Hospital.
SYRIA
JORDAN
First Independent Power Project
Amman Ring-Road
IFC is advising the Government of Syria on the country’s first
IFC is serving as the lead advisor to the government of Jordan
independent power project, an oil- and gas-fired 250MW facility
on a public-private partnership to develop the 118-km Amman
to be built at the Al-Nassirieh complex. The winning bidder
expressway, the first road to be built under Jordan’s public-private
will build, own, and operate the plant as part of a 20-25 year
partnership program. The dual highway will form a circle around
concession. Syria’s electricity demand increased an average of 7.5
the city and bypass urban development areas. The new road
percent between 2002 and 2007.
will ease traffic congestion, cut travel costs, minimize accidents,
eliminate regional truck traffic on city streets, and improve access
to the airport and other key locations. YEMEN
First Independent Power Project
Amman Light Rail IFC is advising the government on a build-own-operate-transfer
IFC is the lead advisor to the government of Jordan on a light rail concession for three new power plants that will supply one-third
system linking the capital, Amman, with the nearby industrial of the 950MW of new capacity needed by 2015. Yemen’s power
city, Zarqa. IFC will review, assess and update the economic, demand has been growing eight percent a year for the past decade.
technical, legal and environmental studies previously conducted This will be the country’s first independent power project.
for the project. The light rail system will include a commuter train
running on a 26 km dual-track railway between the two cities.

PAKISTAN
FAISALABAD ELECTRIC SUPPLY COMPANY (FESCO)
IFC is advising the government on the privatization of FESCO
which provides services to the central Punjab region. FESCO
is one of the electricity distribution companies created by the
unbundling of the power wing of the Pakistan Water and Power
02/2010