Globally, Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) have been used to effectively bridge the gap between the demand for project infrastructure to achieve industry or national development on the one hand and the worrying lack of public finance to achieve the same on the other hand. This way, the public sector leverages the financial capacity of the private sector to achieve project infrastructure development by entering into a partnership with the private sector.
Although this mode of partnership has been instrumental to achieving great infrastructure projects in many developing countries and industries, nonetheless, when the project in question is a large and complex one, there is often the problem of huge capital investment and high uncertainties ordinarily attached to the project, resulting in situations where the private sector is incapable or unwilling to cater for the huge financial demand of the project. Following this, many projects may suffer huge setbacks and begin to lose value to the public.
To avoid this, the host government may decide to provide public funds in order to strengthen the projects’ financial viability and increasing the transparency of the partnership operation. One of the ways the host government does this is through Equity Participation.
This paper considers Government Equity Participation, the motivation for such equity participation, its merit and demerit and closes in on the key commercial considerations for stakeholders.DOWNLOAD WHITEPAPER