Uganda to review PPP bill again

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Uganda to review PPP bill again

The President of Uganda, Yoweri Museveni, has declined to approve the public private partnership (PPP) bill, 2012, and returned it for reviewing.

Two months ago in a letter to Rebecca Kadaga, the Speaker of Parliament, Yoweri Museveni reported:
"I have received the Act of PPP which I referred to Parliament earlier, Parliament returned it to me without the requisite amendments I advised you on, I am again returning it to Parliament because all expert opinion and my own judgment is of the view that debating possible public private partnerships in Parliament may deter foreign investments in the country."

The bill will govern the relationship between government and the private sector in PPPs and will provide guidelines and procedures for the development of PPP projects in Uganda.

The bill defines roles and responsibilities of government bodies, project officers and the private party during the development and implementation of the PPP projects. It also seeks to  provide for methods of procurement and the engagement of the private partners in PPPs.

Under the new bill, a new unit will oversee the implementation of public-private partnerships, will be created. This unit is expected to help with project selection, development, tendering process andmanagement.

In mid July 2014 Uganda's Parliament chaired by Speaker Rebecca Kadaga passed the PPP Bill, 2012.

Uganda's Justice, Law and Order Sector (JLOS) has recently held a pre-bid briefing with various bidders for the development of an office park for the JLOS Institution through a PPP project.

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