Infrastructure facilitation

Establishing a fundamental infrastructure

Business growth is dependent on having basic building blocks in place. By establishing a fundamental infrastructure, governments can help their countries fulfill true investment potential and, in doing so, ensure that economic growth is long-standing and self-sustaining.

Privatization & Public-Private Partnerships

ICF and the Africa Development Bank are supporting the Government of Cape Verde to increase economic growth and reduce the public debt burden in Cape Verde by privatizing selected state-owned enterprises and increasing private sector participation in key strategic sectors.

The project will provide the Privatisation & Public-Private Partnership Unit with legal, regulatory and institutional support. Privatisation and public-private partnerships are expected to stimulate private sector investment in the provision of public services, such as transport, water and electricity, as well as improve the quality of these services and contribute to the wider transfer of knowledge and technology.

Power Sector Task Force

ICF is engaged in supporting governments to respond to the growing deficit in power generating capacity in many African countries. ICF seeks to make specific interventions that will remove obstacles and facilitate successful new investment in Africa’s power sector.

Recognising that obstacles to accelerated investment are often systematic, the Power Sector Task Force seeks to make a number of interventions that will assist in improving power sector policy, regulatory and planning frameworks and bidding, procurement and contracting guidelines.

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Rwanda Energy and Power Sector in Rwanda

ICF worked with the Government of Rwanda to strengthen the Government’s ability to bid, contract and negotiate with the private sector in order to reach fair and beneficial terms and conditions on power generation projects.  The project built both human and institutional capacity to manage, procure, negotiate, monitor and implement energy sector projects in all sector relevant institutions.  

A total of 262 Rwandans in the energy sector and 50 graduate engineering students were trained, enhancing the capacity of the Ministry of Infrastructure and related energy institutions. Training was provided in the areas of tariff setting and financial modelling, hydropower plant maintenance, contract negotiation and management, and Geographical Information Systems. 

Several strategic studies were completed with policy and practical implications. These include the Electricity Access Study, the Electricity Tariff Study, the Geothermal Development Study, and the Hydropower Strategy. A Lake Kivu monitoring team was established to monitor methane stability and do surveillance of the Lake Kivu ecosystem parameters. It has also developed an institutional framework for the bilateral management of the methane resource.

Public-Private Partnerships

ICF and the Africa Development Bank are supporting the Government of Seychelles in developing a comprehensive legal, regulatory and operational framework for Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) as a means to stimulate private sector development, and to support government capacity to leverage resources for infrastructure development and public service delivery. This includes the provision of clear rules for prospective investors, as well as creation of new funding and procurement methods for infrastructure development which leverage private investment.

Airport Transfer

ICF is working with the Government of Sierra Leone to improve connections for air passengers between Freetown and the International Airport in Lungi, 176km away. The journey can take up to seven hours by road and alternative transport methods are expensive and unreliable.

The project aims to establish safe and reliable transfer services between Freetown and Lungi and reduce airport transfer time and costs. An airport transfer before check-in by boat or helicopter is expected to be a maximum of two hours or one hour, respectively. In addition, a regulatory and administrative framework will be established to enable the private sector to participate in providing transport.

Municipal Capacity Building Project

ICF is working with Anglo American South Africa (AASA) and the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) to build the capacities of five municipalities to enable them to improve the provision of basic services in their areas. The objective is to make the municipalities more attractive for businesses to invest there, create jobs and improve the local economy. The municipalities are Thabazimbi, Mogalakwena, and Greater Tubatse municipalities in Limpopo province, and Rustenburg and Moses Kotane municipalities in North West province

By the end of the project, it is expected that there will be a reduction in the number of service provision complaints and petitions, a halving of service delivery protests, and an improvement in the overall perception of business regarding local municipal service delivery.

Tanzanie Movement of goods

ICF worked with the Government of Tanzania to ease the movement of goods and services along the highway from the port of Dar es Salaam in Tanzania to Rusumo on the Tanzanian border with Rwanda.

The project set up a secure online query system that enables the Tanzania Police Force (TPF), Tanzania Revenue Authority (TRA) and the Tanzania Roads Agency (TANROADS) to share information and perform real time verification of documentation. The secure online query system is accessible from 300 handheld devices used by the police. A total of 300 police officers were trained.

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