Public-Private Partnership Department
The Public-Private Partnership Department is the administrative unit at the Ministry of Commerce and Industry that supervises the implementation and regulation of public-private partnership projects that are decided to be implemented or developed in accordance with the provisions of Law No. (12) of 2020 regulating the partnership between the public and private sectors. It is the engine for setting the general principles of the partnership policy that helps to enable the implementation of partnership projects between the public and private sectors in the State of Qatar. This is achieved through the work of these three sections:
- Partnership Projects Development.
- Partnership Projects Promotion and Support.
- Contracts Management and Follow-up.
The partnership between the public and private sectors is defined according to the Partnership Law as a long-term contractual agreement between the public and private sectors to implement and provide assets or services in accordance with one of the regulations stipulated in the framework of the Partnership Law. The private party shares more potential risks and administrative responsibility, and its remuneration is linked to performance.
Key Drivers for PPP
The State of Qatar seeks to benefit from all the advantages offered by the partnership process, and in this regard, it has issued Law No. (12) of 2020 regulating the partnership between the public and private sectors, to facilitate the development of partnership projects between the public and private sectors in the country. The law will enable government entities and the private sectors to enter in contractual agreements for the implementation and financing of assets and services., including, but not limited to, the following:
– Increasing private sector participation in infrastructure and social projects.
– Diversification of the capabilities of the limited government sector.
– Facilitating the transfer of technology and innovation from the private sector to public services.
– Diversification of economic activity.
PPP Model Types
As per Article No. (3) of Regulating Partnership between the Public and Private Sectors, the state has determined the implementation of the partnership between the two sectors in accordance with one of the following model types:
- Allocation of lands through a lease or a usufruct, for development by the Private Sector.
- Build – Operate -Transfer (BOT)
- Build – Transfer – Operate (BTO)
- Build – Own – Operate -Transfer (BOOT)
- Operation and Maintenance. (O&M)
- Any other model adopted by the Council of Ministers upon the proposal of the Minister.
The partnership between the public and private sectors will be a new step towards the progress of the Qatari economy through diversifying sources of income and reducing dependence on oil and gas. The clear procedures for investment and the appropriate framework for the partnership between the public and private sectors will enhance the confidence of investors in partnership projects in the State of Qatar, and thus lead to an increase in direct foreign investment.
The objectives of Qatar National Vision 2030 include:
– Sustainable development.
– Economic diversification.
– Increasing foreign investment.
The PPP department recognizes the importance of continuing the wheel of economic growth and increase foreign investments, which will lead to a “free international economy without geographical restrictions.” This strategic vision includes private sector involvement and participation, which can play an essential role in the accomplishment of QNV30, specifically through the efficient delivery of public services.
It is also considered among the competencies of the Public-Private Partnership Department to achieve the following strategic objectives:
- Building a sound ecosystem for partnership projects between the public and private sectors based on mutual trust and cooperation.
- Benefit from international experiences and best practices to educate the owners of partnership projects.
- Develop and maintain the expertise of partnership between the public and private sectors to support ministries and contracting bodies.
- Striving to develop a fair partnership process, characterized by responsibility and transparency.
- Develop a set of promising future projects to attract partnership with the private sector.