The Philippine PPP programme infrastructure projects are worth at least £5 bn. Prioritised projects for rollout 2012-2013 are in transport, valued at £2 bn (rail, airports, ports and roads), and other infrastructure projects valued at £1.3 bn.
The Philippines’ PPP programme has been identified as the way to tackle much needed infrastructure development, supported by relevant economic and regulatory reforms, greater transparency and good governance. 2011 closed with the successful bidding of the first PPP road project valued at £ 22.8M, and January 2012 kicked off with the tender for PPP school buildings project.
Under its PPP initiative, the government is determined to catch up on much needed investment in transport infrastructure and is keen on approaching this in a clear and transparent manner. It has also set aside budgets for right-of-way acquisitions on several infrastructure projects and established the PPP Centre with initial funds to support project development and monitoring.
The projects offer opportunities for UK products, services and expertise that can be accessed by participating in the bidding process or tapping supply chain opportunities through direct supply or partnerships. Opportunities can be categorized into two main areas, which are; Infrastructure that includes planning, construction, maintenance and equipment; and, Specialist Expertise in project management, consultancy, financing and insurance.
Specific Opportunities 2012-2013
Several PPP projects have been prioritised for rollout from 2012-2013, with an overall indicative cost of £3.3bn. This involves key transport projects estimated at £2 bn (rail, airports, ports and roads), as well as other infrastructure projects estimated at £1.3 bn. (Please see tables on the following page)
Opportunities for participation in the Philippines’ PPP programme and infrastructure projects may be through: preparation of studies as part of the PPP Centre’s accredited panel of transaction advisers; direct participation in tender for project implementation and delivery, either as lead, partner or member of a consortium; and, product, service and expertise requirements down the supply chain.
UK – PH Partnership
The UK has positioned itself has the PH’s partner in its PPP initiative – with Post lending support directly to the Philippine’s PPP Centre through capability building activities, and introducing UK companies to key project proponents and stakeholders. Through UKTI seminars and trade missions, UK capabilities and companies were given the opportunity to introduce themselves to market stakeholders. Among those that have been conducted on 2011 were on PPP professional services and sustainable infrastructure, and green design & technologies in early 2012.
This year, high-level visits to the Philippines (the Rt. Hon the Lord Mayor David Wootton and Rt. Hon Jeremy Brown), and counterpart high-level visits to the UK (relevant cabinet level visits to the UK, including that of President Aquino in June) were all leveraged to highlight UK capabilities in infrastructure and PPP.
UK reputation and capability in transport infrastructure and in professional services in PPP is gaining further recognition with more UK companies being engaged in various components of the projects in the pipeline. Several UK companies have won bids for legal as well as transaction advisory services, either directly or as part of a consortium accredited by the PPP Centre.
See the full list of PPP Projects here. HVO Business Opportunity PHL09 – PPP Infrastructure Projects 20Sept2012