The draft Guidelines for the Development of a Policy for Managing Unsolicited Proposals in Infrastructure Projects is open for public consultation to capture inputs and recommendations from all relevant stakeholders to feed into this new report.
The World Bank Group’s Public-Private Partnerships Cross-Cutting Solution Area (PPP-CCSA), through funding from the Public Private Infrastructure Advisory Facility (PPIAF), launched an effort in 2015 to provide guidance and recommendations for governments that are considering the development and operationalization of an unsolicited proposal (USP) policy in infrastructure projects.
Private sector participation in infrastructure is typically structured through a public planning process in which the government initiates, develops, and procures the project. An alternative is a privately initiated process referred to as a USP. In the case of a USP, a private sector entity reaches out to the government with a proposal to develop an infrastructure project without an explicit request from the government to do so. Accepting USPs may allow governments to benefit from the knowledge and ideas of the private sector. However, USPs also may create challenges as they risk providing poor value for money and are often associated with patronage and lack of transparency.
The recommendations in the Guidelines are based on an in-depth review of global best practices with USP policies and projects summarized in the Review of Experiences with Unsolicited Proposals in Infrastructure Projects, to be used as reference to the Guidelines for the Development of a Policy for Managing Unsolicited Proposals in Infrastructure Projects.
By helping governments manage USPs, including the introduction of competition where possible and improving USP governance, the Guidelines are intended to support governments to deliver resilient infrastructure.
The consultation is currently open, your feedback and comments are much appreciated.
While all comments received will be reviewed and documented, comments and recommendations may not necessarily be incorporated into the final version of the report. A comprehensive table will be released at the end of the consultation phase listing all feedback, comments and recommendations without attribution to the person, organization or entity that submitted it.
Kindly submit your feedback below by May 7, 2017.