Private Sector Participation in Infrastructure in Africa

Sep 01, 2008 | A. Jerome | African Peer Review Mechanism Secretariat

This study appraises the record of private sector participation in infrastructure (PPI) in Africa. It finds that the results of almost two decades of regulatory reforms, implementation of the privatization and liberalization agenda, combined with the influx of private investment in infrastructure have decidedly been mixed. There has been a “policy mistake” founded on the dogma that infrastructure would be financed by the private sector. For various reasons, mainly involving investment climates and rates of return, private investment has been limited in terms of volume, sectors and countries.