Posted on January 30, 2019

New projects to construct 45 schools within the public-private partnership building programme were announced. 

The approved project system will include design, construction, finance, operation, maintenance of buildings and transfer of ownership of schools. The projects’ announcement came during a workshop on building public schools under the public-private partnership system, organised yesterday by the Ministry of Finance, the Ministry of Education and Higher Education and the Public Works Authority (Ashghal).

The announced projects will be divided into 6 investment packages and be offered to the private sector at successive intervals. The first package consists of 6 to 8 schools to be launched during the first quarter of this year. The workshop is part of the effort of the State to increase the participation of the private sector both locally and globally in the development projects that are being launched under the public-private partnership system, in order to ensure greater participation of the private sector in the promotion of the national economy, and ensure that it is reflected in the level of services provided in the facilities in the State.

In a speech during the workshop, Director of Economic Policy and Research Department at the Ministry of Finance Saud bin Abdullah Al Attiyah said that the initiative includes the launch of a project to build public schools under the public-private partnership system, adding the State of Qatar represented by the Ministry of Education and Higher Education plans to build 45 schools in the coming years in accordance with the directives of the Prime Minister and Interior Minister. He pointed out that the schools project was chosen as the first project of public-private partnership in the social infrastructure field. Although many projects have been carried out in partnership between the two sectors, this project is the first public-private partnership project in its global form or according to the best global practices.

According to the plan and schedule, the first phase, consisting of 8 schools whose plots of land were allocated, are expected to be offered during the summer of 2021, he said, hoping that the local and international private sector will participate in this project and look for partnerships both locally and globally, on the understanding that there would be a transfer of experience, especially since it is open to all but it would be preferable to have experience in the proposal for the project. Speaking on the sidelines of the workshop, the Director of Economic Policy and Research Department said that the initiative is a project to build public schools under the public-private partnership system. The project’s cost will be about QR5bn to build 45 schools over 3 years. The first package of the project is about QR1bn, he pointed out.

Al Attiyah pointed out that these types of projects were previously implemented through the tender system as contracting companies build schools to be managed after that. “The current system is that the private sector should find an alliance of a group of companies to ensure strategic partnerships that guarantee its ability to provide maintenance, finance and construction for 25 years as a maintenance management for schools and all that the Ministry of Education has to do is to send teachers and students,” he said, pointing out that the Ministry of Education in the past was running a set of contracts and now will reduce the burden as it will manage one contract.

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