Uganda adopted a formal PPP Framework Policy in 2010 when it already had a number of ongoing PPP projects. The Government of Uganda’s main goals in establishing the PPP Policy were: better utilization and allocation of public funds, more efficient delivery of public infrastructure, provision of good quality public services, and increased economic growth and foreign direct investment.
The Public Private Partnerships Act, 2015 was enacted on 5th August 2015. The Act is the prime law that regulates the development and implementation of PPPs in Uganda. It establishes the PPP Committee which directly oversees and approves all projects under the PPP modal and the PPP Unit which serves as the secretariat and technical arm of the Committee. The Act also provides for the PPP processes and contains information on the procurement rules and methods that apply to Public Private Partnerships.
Development of Regulations to give effect to the Act and provide detail for provisions in the Act is in the advanced stages. The Regulations will provide for among others; the management of PPPs, procedures for project inception and feasibility study, bidding methods, negotiation procedures, restricted bidding, direct procurement and levies and tariffs that the Contracting Authority may levy.
The present PPP Guidelines (henceforth also abbreviated to “Guidelines”) provide contracting authorities and the PPP Unit with a rigorous procedural framework and with a comprehensive set of assessment tools enabling them (i) to identify the projects where the use of PPP can deliver benefits, and (ii) to effectively achieve these benefits through a sound preparation and implementation process.