What is the PPP PAUN?

What is the Public Private Partnership Project Advisory Unit (PPP PAUN) ?

Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) have become increasingly widespread for the implementation of infrastructure projects in many countries throughout the world. The potential benefits are especially attractive in less developed countries where public funds for infrastructure development are clearly insufficient to satisfy demand. In recognition of this, many African countries, including the member states of the East African Community (EAC), are moving to create the necessary legislative and institutional framework to facilitate greater use of PPPs in infrastructure development.

In support of these developments, a substantial body of material is now available for the public sector on good practice in PPPs, and international institutions such as the World Bank and several donor organisations are providing technical assistance and support to governments in the area of PPP infrastructure projects. In comparison, there is very little support available to the private sector in African countries for their participation in PPP projects. As a result of this situation, it is very difficult for local businesses to participate in PPP projects and implementation contracts are generally awarded to large, multinational corporations. Thus the local private sector, though benefiting from the improved infrastructure that results from the project, is unable to gain any additional business directly and an opportunity for indigenous economic growth is lost.

There are substantial obstacles to participation of African SMEs in African PPP infrastructure projects. The potential of PPPs and how they work remains poorly understood, and there is a need for training to address this and to raise awareness. Understanding the idea of the sustainable private provision of public services as a risk-sharing partnership is critical. The establishment of a Public-Private Partnership Project Advisory Unit Network (PPP PAUN) across the EAC is helping to tackle this problem, by developing expertise to improve the capacity of the private sector in the EAC to participate in PPP infrastructure projects.

The PPP PAUN will raise awareness, build capacity and strengthen dialogue with government at local, national and supra-national levels. The network is based on the Chambers of Commerce in the five member countries of the EAC, with the lead PAU located at the East African Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture (EACCIA). The PPP PAU Network will help to build the capacity of existing Intermediary organisations, and help their members to participate in the profitable provision of infrastructure services.


Mombasa Workshop

After the PPP PAUN Project Implementation Technical Team completes its circular mission.


Team on Circular Mis...

The PPP PAUN Project Implementation Technical Team is on its third week on circular mission.




East Africa Trade Week

In hosting the East Africa Trade Week, our primary objective is to promote economic growth in the region and the continent, at large, through the network of Chambers of Commerce and business associations and to advance the East African Community (EAC) regional integration as well as Africa-wide development agenda, as championed by the African Union Commission (AUC), notably, the Boosting of Intra-African Trade (BIAT) to accelerate and deepen the con t's market integration by ensuring that we realize the Continental Free Trade Area (CFTA) agenda. The continental chambers of commerce and industry, through the Pan African Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PACCI) are some of the key drivers of CFTA. The objective of the EATW is to promote investment and trade through partnerships and joint ventures in key sectors such as agriculture and agro-allied ventures, financial services, small and medium enterprises, textiles and infrastructure. It will institutionalize strategic economic partnership between the East African Community member States, rest of Africa and Globe. It is seen as the beginning of a long-term strategic partnership between the rest of the Continent and East Africa with the rest of the globe for mutual benefits.  The target countries are Burundi, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Kenya, Rwanda, Somalia, Tanzania and Uganda, in the Eastern Africa region. The EATW will also feature some national and regional project portfolios with regional investment and export trade opportunities that require international financing and partnerships. To know more about the event and to participate, visit; www.eastafricatradeweek.org.  

East African Business Guide

Editorial Foreword From Mr. Charles KAHUTHU - CEO We welcome you to this first edition of the East African Business Guide. We shall endeavour to tell the good story of public private partnership and the integration agenda through this publication. We are witnessing interesting developments and the region’s geopolitical environment is fast evolving. This publication will provide a platform and a mouth piece for stakeholders and members of the national chambers to articulate various issues in the region, such as Infrastructure development, trade facilitation and the integration agenda, among many others. Our Cover Story in the inaugural edition is centred on the delivery of infrastructure in the region which is a fundamental prerequisite in facilitating business transactions. We have also expanded our horizon and looked at issues that do impact on the African continent, including the impact of climate change to us all, and how the continent intends to respond to the risks posed.  Unlike many other platforms, our magazine will be delivered directly to our business organizations, trade facilitation agencies, foreign embassies in Kenya, our embassies overseas, the East African Community Secretariat and all relevant departments of the EAC member states, thereby ensuring that you, our partner, are visible to all the relevant sectors. We want the Guide to be instructive, directive and inspirational. It shall not be a replica of anything else in the industry. We are looking to having the Editorial team and contributors holding round tables with the regional policy makers to discuss some of the content and to push for implementation of the regional agenda. We are also looking to having the Business Guide combining international standards with regional identity, so that readers recognize it is a magazine for East African issues. It shall reflect the mentality of the editorial team and finally, ensure that is attractive in the presentation of information on all pages. The Guide shall have clarity and more value added than just dissemination of news. We are looking at making the publication “digital” after the production of the first few hard copy editions, so that our readers can have easier access to the publication. We want to thank you most sincerely for partnering with us and look forward to continued, and more beneficial, relationship with you and your organization in the coming days.   We are truly grateful for your support! To subscribe, get a EABG Subscription Form here.