Public private partnerships: Overcoming pre-contract problems faced by public clients and private providers in infrastructure projects in Singapore

Florence Yean Yng Ling, M. M. Kumaraswamy, Mohammed F. Dulaimi, Malik Khalfan

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    Abstract

    After five years since their introduction, there remains a dearth of public-private partnership (PPP) projects in Singapore. This paper aims to investigate the problems faced when using PPP arrangements and provide recommendations on how these can be surmounted. Face-to-face in-depth interviews with practitioners from the public and private sectors were conducted. The results show that the problems faced by public PPP clients are: difficulty in deciding if a public service could be bought using the PPP route; private providers' inability to innovate and understand clients' requirements; private sector's low capability in facilities management; and public sector's constantly changing needs. The difficulties faced by private providers are: inability to recoup expenditure; absence of a PPP champion; high tendering cost; criteria for awards are unclear; and risk allocation is unfair. Recommendations on how problems faced in the PPP pre-contract stage might be overcome are presented.

    Original languageBritish English
    Pages (from-to)63-77
    Number of pages15
    JournalInternational Journal of Construction Management
    Volume11
    Issue number1
    DOIs
    StatePublished - 2011

    Keywords

    • Clients
    • Pre-contract stage
    • Public-private partnership
    • Singapore

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