IRF organized a 3-day workshop on Public Private Partnerships (PPP) in Victoria Falls for road stakeholders in Zimbabwe to get abreast with present day dynamics in infrastructure financing. In attendance were senior level professionals from the Ministry of Transport, the Zimbabwe National Roads Administration (ZINARA), and mayors from cities and municipalities across Zimbabwe. Participants also came from the private sector and included engineers, bankers, investors and lawyers. Over the three days, workshop participants learned the basic tenets of PPPs, including rationale, structure, forms and various stakeholder roles needed for successful implementation of PPP projects.
Workshop attendees expressed delight at the timeliness of the workshop in respect of the infrastructure deficit facing Zimbabwe. They recognized the challenges in building new infrastructure and rehabilitating existing infrastructure with limited budgets. As such, this workshop provided them the opportunity to explore the feasibility of adding PPPs to their portfolio of infrastructure financing options. Through the workshop, IRF was able to obtain its objective of building capacity of transport stakeholders within Africa.