All craftsmen have their favourite set of tools from which to practise their trade. In my case as a PPP proponent, my essential tool is the Airport Master Plan (AMP).
I originally wrote an article on the role of the AMP in PPP development for New Airport Insider ( in May 2016. It described an airport through its complex dynamics of turning around aircraft and processing their associated payloads. Through the logic of the AMP, I commented on operational scale and functional interdependencies at airports, and the need for the disparate elements to converge towards achieving a compelling business case to solicit private investment.
The article has continued to attract interest including positive responses from members of WAPPP. Arising from this, I am happy to extend the article to readers of The PPP Times.
Although the article is airport specific and may differ in scale and complexion to other areas of infrastructure development, I nevertheless hope readers at WAPPP may find useful parallels that may be relevant in various other ways where a PPP approach is being contemplated or initiated.

The Global Infrastructure Hub (GIH) has just released a practical guide for governments preparing for infrastructure projects based on a study that explored practices in 15 countries.  Useful case reference studies on the following countries are included in the report:  Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Korea, Mexico, Netherlands, Philippines, Rwanda, South Africa, and the United Kingdom. Information was gathered through literature reviews and interviews with public sector officials in the abovementioned countries.The report points out that project preparation is a challenging task for governments that wish to launch viable and feasible infrastructure projects.With this challenge in mind, the Global Infrastructure Hub (GIH) prepared this new reference tool that will be a useful aid for policy-makers and practitioners in their quest to improve project preparation practices and their capacity for preparing quality infrastructure projects.Regarding the tool, the GIH states the following - The tool seeks to help address challenges faced by governments in early-stage project preparation through providing guidance in five focus areas. The five areas include -

  • The need for enabling environments
  • Financing project preparation
  • Infrastructure planning and project prioritization
  • Project feasibility, reviews and approvals
  • Project communication

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