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Transport

Efficient transport is a vital component of economic development, globally and nationally. Transport availability affects global development patterns and can be a boost or a barrier to economic growth within individual nations.

Based on the challenges for developing countries, sustainable solutions are needed, as well as a more effective dissemination of existing knowledge and good practices from other regions.  These countries also lack the efficient professional capacity to deliver improved service levels. Public-private partnerships can address these capacity gaps and help developing countries build and maintain their transportation networks.

PPIAF assists governments by providing technical assistance to implement traditional public-private partnerships or performance-based management contracts in the transportation sector. Performance-based contracts can emphasize the importance of maintenance by linking the payments for maintenance directly to the quality of the contractor’s performance. Without regular maintenance roads can rapidly deteriorate, limiting the benefits to the population.The experience shows that this type of contract is more efficient than standard method-based contract, based on payment of a lump sum for a specified amount of work, and gives long run savings to governments compared to more traditional public sector approaches.   

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    Airports

    Developing country governments are increasingly realizing the benefit of involving the private sector in managing and financing of airports to improve service provision. Long-term concessions to private corporations to oversee all or part of the airport's operations are the predominant model today, with governments often taking less risk and a minority shareholding in the venture.

    Air transport infrastructure is significant to development. Airports “aviation infrastructure” comprise an...

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    Bus Rapid Transit Systems

    PPIAF supports .Bus rapid transit (BRT) systems, which can be the most efficient way of improving public transportation services in urban areas. BRT is a form of Urban transport and refers to a variety of public transportation systems using buses that provide faster, more efficient service than an ordinary bus line. Often this is achieved by making improvements to existing infrastructure, vehicles, and scheduling. The goal of these systems is to approach the service quality of rail...

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    Ports

    PPIAF has provided assistance for the development of ports in developing countries, including specific transaction-focused support. In addition PPIAF provided support for the preparation and dissemination of the Port Reform Toolkit: Effective Support for Policymakers and Practitioners. This Toolkit provides policy makers and practitioners with decision-making support in undertaking sustainable reforms of public institutions that regulate port services in developing countries. In...

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    Rail

    PPIAF has provided extensive technical assistance in support of the railways sector. Railways are an efficient transport mode and use a unique technology that has very low friction —based on steel wheels and steel rails and generally more fuel efficient than road transport. Railways are ideal to transport high volumes of bulk commodities or passengers. Governments worldwide try to reform state railway departments and agencies in an effort to reduce costs, improve services, and realize...

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    Roads

    PPIAF has been at the forefront in supporting several developing countries in trying to develop highway PPP projects through a range of technical assistance activities.In many developing countries, roads and highways are the dominant mode of transport. Road-based transport typically accounts for more than 80% of the distance travelled by individuals and more than 50% of the distance travelled by goods. Consequently, roads and highways form a crucial backbone to any economy by seamlessly...

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