Public Private Partnerships (PPP) in the Developing World: Mitigating Financiers' Risks

Journal article


Owolabi, HA, Ebohon, O, Oyedele, L, Alaka, H and Ajayi, S (2018). Public Private Partnerships (PPP) in the Developing World: Mitigating Financiers' Risks. World Journal of Science, Technology and Sustainable Development.
AuthorsOwolabi, HA, Ebohon, O, Oyedele, L, Alaka, H and Ajayi, S
Abstract

A major challenge for foreign lenders in financing public private partnerships (PPP) infrastructure projects in an emerging market (EM) is the bankability of country-related risks. Despite existing studies on country risks in international project financing, perspectives of foreign lenders on the bankability of country-specific risks in an EM is yet to be explored. Hence, using a mixed methodology approach, three private finance initiatives/PPP projects in Sub Saharan Africa (Nigeria) were used to investigate political risk, sponsor, concession and legal risks in PPP loan applications. The paper aims to discuss these issues. The study adopted mixed methodological approach comprising focus group discussions and analysis of loan documents obtained from foreign project lenders, in addition to the questionnaire survey distributed to local and international project financiers with experiences in PPPs within Nigeria. Results identified seven topmost bankability criteria for evaluating country-related risks (political risk, sponsor, concession and legal risks) in EM PPPs. In addition, a “Risk and Bankability Framework Model” was developed from the study presenting critical parameters for gaining foreign funding approval for EM’s PPP loan applications. Since the study only explored bankability of PPPs in Sub Saharan Africa with the exclusion of other geographical regions, the proposed framework model should be taken in the context of EMs as a mind-map for foreign lenders and local private investors seeking to finance PPPs in an EM. Results from the study represent critical parameters for winning foreign loan approval for PPP infrastructure projects within an EM context.

Year2018
JournalWorld Journal of Science, Technology and Sustainable Development
PublisherEmerald
ISSN2042-5945
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)doi:10.1108/WJSTSD-05-2018-0043
Publication dates
Print01 Nov 2018
Publication process dates
Deposited23 Oct 2018
Accepted01 May 2018
Accepted author manuscript
License
CC BY 4.0
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