Nine thoughts on differences between Public Procurement and PPPs N0 3

Procurement typically results in the acquisition of an item(s) ie goods, works and or services to government.  PPPs  result in delivery of a public service to the public. A regular public procurement project for example to provide water for a community may be to secure a contractor to construct at governments expense a water works for government to operate in the provision of water to the community. The procurement ends at conclusion of construction of the water works. However if implemented as a PPP, the project may be to secure a private party to design, finance, construct and operate the water works and operate same to provide water to the community. It may in fact include distribution of water and collection of fees from end users or supply of portable water at a fee to other parties who will distribute it etc. PPPs aim to provide public service and Procurement aims to provide infrastructure with which government intends to provide public service.

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