The participants gave critical reflections on the topic based on their expertise and experiences. Dr Matthias Michel, former Minister of Education and Culture, and Economic Affairs, of the Canton of Zug in Switzerland, shared experiences on implementation of PPPs in Europe. Michel is currently a consultant on PPPs.
Ally Angula, Deputy Executive Director, Ministry of Finance, and Chairperson of the Public Private Partnership Committee, highlighted the role of the Committee, further outlining challenges related to procedural procurement processes.
Dr Tjama Tjivikua, NUST Founding Vice-Chancellor, said: “Much hope rests on PPPs to help mobilise an estimated US$1.8 trillion investment every year. This is the amount needed from the global private sector to bridge the investment gap to achieve the SDGs, according to the Independent Evaluation Group (IEG), which evaluates the development effectiveness of the World Bank Group. Most of these funds would flow into construction of basic infrastructure such as roads, railways, ports, power stations, water and sanitation.”
Moreover, Elifas Luaanda, founding member of the PPP Unit in the Ministry of Finance, reflected on the legal and regulatory framework of PPPs in Namibia. Dr Thomas Honer, General Manager at Windhoek Goreangab Operations Company, which is run on an effective and successful PPP model, also shared experiences of the Company’s partnership with the City of Windhoek to provide clean water for the capital.
Professor Charles Keyter, Associate Professor at the University of Namibia, provided an academic perspective on the potential benefit of PPPs.
Overall, the discussions aimed at stimulating debate regarding PPPs in Namibia. The indication from the participants was that more platforms are needed to interrogate this crucial topic.