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Subnational Public-Private Partnerships

Meeting Infrastructure Challenges

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This report focuses on the challenges of governing infrastructure investment and public-private partnerships (PPPs) at the subnational level. Subnational governments – cities and regions – play a vital role in the infrastructure landscape. Infrastructure needs in energy, transport, water and telecommunications are substantial, estimated at USD 6.3 trillion per year between 2016 and 2030. In a tight fiscal environment, it is critical to diversify sources of financing for infrastructure investment and PPPs represent an alternative to traditional government procurement with the potential to improve value for money. However, PPPs are complex and sometimes risky arrangements that require capacity that is not always readily available in government, in particular at the subnational level. This report examines the challenges of using PPPs at the subnational level and ways to address them. It does so by focusing on three case studies: subnational PPPs in France, local Private Finance Initiative (PFI) projects in the United Kingdom, and PPPs in Virginia (United States).

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A look at the challenges and governance of subnational public-private partnerships

Worldwide, infrastructure needs are substantial. Subnational governments – cities, towns, and regions - play a vital role in the infrastructure landscape. Public-private partnerships (PPPs) represent an alternative to traditional government procurement with the potential to improve value for money. However, PPPs are complex and sometimes risky arrangements that require capacity to undertake them that is not always readily available in government. This chapter offers a general framework for considering subnational public-private partnerships in a multi-level governance context. It does so by drawing on existing literature and building on recent OECD work, incorporating relevant data, and integrating examples from the three case studies included in this report: the case of PPPs in France, the case of local Private Finance Initiative (PFI) projects in the United Kingdom, and the case of PPPs in the US state of Virginia.

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