EIU ranks Sindh PPP Unit 6th in Asia: CM Shah

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Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah has said that the Public Private Partnership (PPP) Unit of Sindh has been recognized by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) and ranked at 6th in Asia in its report of 2018. He said this is the manifestation of our hard work, sincerity and commitment with the people of Sindh.

The Chief Minister stated this while presiding over 28th PPP Policy Board meeting at CM House on Thursday. The meeting was attended by Chief Secretary Mumtaz Shah, Minister Local Government Saeed Ghani, Advisor to CM Murtaza Wahab, MPA Ghulam Qadir Chandio, Chairman P&D Mohammad Waseem, Principal Secretary to CM Sajid Jamal Abro, Secretary Finance Najam Shah, MD PPP Unit Khalid Mehmood Shaikh and other concerned members and officers.

The Chief Secretary presented a report of FIU in which Sindh PPP Unit has been ranked 7th in Asia. The Economist Intelligence Unit report ‘Evaluating the environment for public-private partnerships in Asia- The 2018 Infra-scope says “with exception, Gurjat state (India) and Sindh province (Pakistan), which are sub-national governmental entities and which show the importance of sub-national government PPP programme as potential models of best practice.

Both were also included in the previous Asia Infra-scope in 2014, although the use of a different methodology in that year makes score comparison problematic. It says, “Both sub-national governments score highly in the 2018thindex, at fifth and six respectively of 19. Both are ranked as `mature’ (the top performance tier) for their institutional environment.”

The report says “Sindh’s most positive performance are in its regulatory environment (especially its PPP selection criteria and fairness and openness of bids and contracts) and its institutional environment, including the stability of its PPP agency, the resourcing of project selection and implementation, institutional transparency and accountability.”

Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah termed it the success of Sindh government and Pakistan and vowed to further strengthen the PPP unit. The chief secretary presented the copy of the Economist report to the chief minister. The PPP Unit presented Malir Expressway project in the meeting and said it was a 50 km long expressway staring from Super Highway (Motor) to Korangi 8000 road to be constructed on left bank of the Malir River.

There was a proposal to construct an interchange at Link Road to give passage to Education City. They also told the chief minister that seven leading firms have participated in the bid for construction of the project. The chief minister directed the PPP unit to evaluate the bid and award the contract purely on merit. I am keen to see start of the work, he said. The PPP Unit endorsing the chief minister’s decision to award work and start construction of the project.

Earlier, the Sindh government has started the process of procuring buses for Green Line project being constructed by the federal government. Now, the federal government has decided to procure buses on their own, therefore the PPP unit approved cancellation of Green Line buses procurement process. The PPP Board also approved to start Orange Line buses’ procurement process afresh.

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