|Progress Toward Outcome
||At 80% completion, the TA remained relevant and likely to achieve the outcomes and impact expected in the project's design and monitoring framework (DMF); an outcome of establishing a modern, transparent institutional framework for public-private partnership (PPPs) that supports private sector engagement, and an impact of improved efficiency and effectiveness in the delivery of infrastructure services through PPP projects. The foundations for success have been laid by the creation of the PPP Handbook, the development of regulations under the Concessions Law, a series of capacity building workshops and dissemination events about PPPs, the PPP unit, and the Concessions Law.
|Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)
At 80% completion, the outputs expected in the project''s DMF had been achieved in an efficient and effective manner or were likely to be achieved in the coming months. The consultant's main deliverables have been: an initial version of a PPP Handbook; a whitepaper on proposed refinements of the Concessions Law; numerous examples of best practices in the design, procurement, and management of PPP contracts; formal dissemination and training events (including reference materials); extensive informal consultations (by email, phone, and in-person) with staff of the PPP unit and other, relevant government agencies; and advice on how to prioritize PPP projects.
The remaining TA funds have been focused on the preparation of a high level business plan for the PPP unit that will clarify roles and responsibilities and required resources, the updating of the PPP handbook for recent changes in the structure of government, and publication and dissemination of the handbook.
TA 7577 and TA 8236, Developing a Conducive Environment for PPPs, supported a successful PPP workshop on 15 May 2013. The workshop constituted a final workshop of TA 7577. It was attended by around 50 participants from central and line agencies of the national government, Ulaan Bataar Municipal Government, and representatives of the finance sector and the media. It provided a good opportunity to discuss core issues facing PPPs and to understand the priorities and capacity of government agencies. Consensus was evident on the potential of PPPs and recognition they bring with them new challenges.
A final report and remaining deliverable are expected to be received from the consultants by the end of Sept 2013.