Measuring Public-Private Partnership Potential

Benin’s Port of Cotonou is a pillar of Benin’s economic growth and serves as a gateway to international trade for the landlocked West African countries of Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger. MCC’s investment helped catalzye a PPP between the Government of Benin and a private container terminal operator for a long-term concession to operate the new South Wharf.

MCC believes that one of the keys to unleashing growth potential in its partner countries is through active engagement and collaboration with the private sector, particularly in infrastructure. Under the right conditions, public-private partnerships (PPPs) can be an important way to deliver such infrastructure. MCC has commissioned The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) to evaluate the capacity and readiness of countries to implement sustainable PPPs and to benchmark countries using EIU’s Infrascope methodology.

Infrascope developed reports for eight MCC partner countries in 2018 and another 12 in 2019.

2018 reports:

2019 reports:

The Infrascope reports complement MCC’s work by:

  • providing preliminary research that can help with constraints to economic growth and investment opportunity assessments;
  • encouraging dialogue with partner countries on improving the enabling environment for PPPs;
  • assisting with program design for potential interventions to strengthen the PPP operating environment;
  • facilitating blended finance by identifying areas where there may be needs for technical assistance, project preparation funding and risk mitigation; and
  • monitoring and evaluation of PPP programs. For example, Infrascope is being used as a source of indicators as part of the monitoring and evaluation plan for MCC’s PPP program in Guatemala.

About the EIU Infrascope Index

MCC, the Inter-American Development Bank, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, and the Asian Development Bank  have commissioned Infrascope reports for 69 countries in Europe, Asia, Latin America, the Middle East and Africa.

Contact MCC to learn more about our engagement with the Economist Intelligence Unit’s Infrascope Index.