EZULWINI:Dr. Khama Rogo, the World Bank Health Specialist said Public Private Partnerships(PPPs) will remain a dream in this country as government was not willing to establish and implement policies that supports this initiative.
Speaking during the Procurement Indaba organized by the Eswatini Public Procurement Regulatory agency (ESPPRA)at Ezulwini, Dr Khama said all the African countries that gained independence were now struggling to eradicate diseases and poverty among others. He said even though the collaboration between the public and private sector was fundamental for the development of Africa, the continent was lacking policies to govern such projects.
“ At this juncture, Private Public Partnerships (PPPs) cannot speedily address the current challenges in this country, it took 10 years for countries like Nigeria to implement PPPs. Eswatini needs policies that will govern these partnerships first and this does not need any consultation but action. For example, this country needs a Medical Council and that does not need any consultation but action,” he said.
Dr. Khama Rogo was supported by Dr. Micheal Musanzikwa, who is the head of Procurement, from the University of Zimbabwe, he said dialogues between the public and private sector were necessary to implement the proposed PPPs and combating corruption to achieve strategic procurement.
“When implementing PPPs, eSwatini should understand that PPPs are not a source of funding in developing countries. There are no short-cuts and this means recognizing procurement on its own and giving birth to regulations that will govern this strategic move” he said.
Dr. Khama Rogo, the World Bank Health Specialist