PROJECTS/ CONCEPTS BEING REVIEWED FOR DEVELOPMENT AS PPPS

The Development Bank of Jamaica is aware of the following projects which are being assessed for development as PPPs by Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDA). As new projects are progressively identified by the MDAs and brought to the PPP Units, these will be added to this list of PPPs under development:

PROJECT/MINISTRY/AGENCY DESCRIPTION/OBJECTIVE Status as at June 15, 2020
Milk River Spa and Bath Fountain Hotel and Spa Ministry of Tourism The Ministry of Tourism is exploring the option to engage a private investor to pursue the development of both entities and to utilize the resources to develop spa-related products.   The GoJ is currently conducting additional due diligence prior to engaging a Transaction Advisor to assist with the implementation of the transaction.  
Caymanas Special Economic Zone Ministry of Economic Growth & Job Creation The Government has developed an integrated policy framework for the operation of Special Economic Zones (SEZ), and recognizes PPPs as critical to their successful implementation. The greenfield site slated for the CSEZ consists of 1,400 acres (566.56 hectares) of land owned by the Urban Development Corporation (UDC) in the parish of St. Catherine. The Enterprise Team is seeking to engage a Transaction Advisor for the transaction.

At the Project Identification Stage:

The objective is to find those assets and services, existing or planned, where value for money could possibly be increased if they were done as PPPs. Subject Ministries Departments and Agencies (MDAs) go to the Public Investment Management Secretariat (PIMSec) with a proposed public investment project concept.  PIMSec will be the first formal point of contact for public investment projects which may be considered for development as PPPs.  The projects identified by the MDA will be screened against the agreed PPP criteria by the DBJ and MoFP PPP units that will submit their responses to the PIMSec which will complete its assessment of the project concept and submit its recommendation to the Planning Investment Management Committee (PIMC) for approval, deferral or decline.

The project is officially recognised as a GoJ PPP Project when it:

  • Meets the PPP Criteria
  • Is approved for development by the Cabinet or other relevant body assigned with that responsibility

Preliminary Screening and Evaluation means that the DBJ and MoFP PPP units have received the preliminary project proposal and are evaluating it for compliance with the PPP criteria. The project proposal must identify at a high level, supported by assumptions and independent evidence where necessary, that the project is viable and suitable for development as a PPP.  It is expected that the MDA would also have conducted preliminary discussions with the MoFP Public Expenditure Division (MFPED)/ Public Investment Management System (PIMS) Secretariat regarding project affordability and incorporation into the Public Sector Investment Programme.

All PPP projects must meet four (4) main criteria:

  • Viability – the project makes sense, in that it is effective in meeting Government objectives, technically and legally feasible, environmentally compliant, socially sustainable, and economically viable
    • Achieves value for money – procuring the project as a PPP will provide greater net benefit than conventional public procurement
    • Marketability – there are qualified private parties available to do the project and the project is expected to provide a commercial rate of return sufficient to attract such parties and create competitive tension
    • Fiscal responsibility – the project’s cost to Government is in line with fiscal priorities, and project risks retained by the Government would not be fiscally destabilising.