PPPs the way to go to ensure development of infrastructure

Public private partnerships can go a long way in easing the acute housing shortage in almost all urban centres in the country. PHOTO | FILE

What you need to know:

  • Current estimates indicate that nearly two million people in and around Nairobi need modern, decent and affordable housing. The development of housing for this majority is envisaged to be achieved through PPP arrangement, among other approaches.
  • In fact, the government is evaluating bids, with the successful bidders to put up houses on three sites in the next three years. 
  • Other projects being considered for implementation under the PPP model are health facilities, prisons, roads and bridges, ports, airports and railway infrastructure, power generation, transmission and distribution plants, inland container depots and logistic hubs, petroleum storage depots and distribution systems and solid waste management.

Despite substantial increments in  the development budget in the last couple of years, the government still cannot provide adequate  housing, healthcare,  educational facilities, transport, among others, mainly due to  a shortage of funds for infrastructural development.

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