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In 2016, the World Bank published the French version of the Public-Private Partnerships Reference Guide, supported by the PPIAF (Public-Private Infrastructure Advisery Facility).

The French version was edited by François Bergere and a team headed by Fatouma Toure Ibrahima at PPIAF. Jean-Jacques Lecat, CMS Paris Africa Team Of Counsel, was the external legal adviser who helped make adjustments to take account of civil and administrative law in French-speaking civil law countries. CMS advises private sponsors and governments in francophone Africa on PPP development.

The Guide is based on the 2014 PPP Reference Guide 2.0, which has been adapted for French-speaking emerging and developing countries and includes additional relevant case studies and bibliographic references. It contains country-specific analyses of public service concessions, of the new laws on PPPs in Senegal and Morocco, and of projects such as the Third Bridge, the expressway linking the north and south of Abidjan, and the electricity generation and distribution concessions in Cameroon and Ivory Coast.

Jean-Jacques Lecat said, “Concession agreements, based on the PPP model used in France for centuries, have mainly been used so far in francophone Africa. This model entails the delegation of the operation of a public service to a concessionaire, which receives its compensation mainly from the users and takes the operating risks. Concessions are used in electricity production and distribution and in water treatment and distribution sectors, as well as to operate port terminals and railroads.”

He adds, “On the other hand, private finance initiatives /government payer contracts providing for the financing, designing, building and management and / or maintenance of public assets such as hospitals, universities, or administrative uildings, in return for a compensation paid by the public authority, are not yet well developed.

“The use of this type of PPP should however increase in the future, and the legal framework has been adapted for this purpose in many francophone African countries.”

The Guide gives an overview of the various approaches to, and experience of, PPP. It is intended for people involved in PPP within government, the private sector and international institutions.

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