The Institute will
help facilitate the creation of effective public-private partnerships
for infrastructure maintenance in national and local government
agencies. This will be achieved by facilitating meetings between
government and private sector decision-makers to identify how the
private sector financiers and operators can assist each other.
The skills required to implement a process of privatization and
regulation, to design commercially viable project structures and
to establish processes for evaluation and awarding contracts are
not skills normally enjoyed by civil servants and politicians. Civil
servants used to award projects and then leave them alone. Now they
are involved in complex procurement and project management activities
that involve hands-on risk management. A new breed of business oriented
“General Manager” type civil servant is required.
In addition to the technical competencies, (e.g. an understanding
of regulation) required by the new role, they would need to develop
skills in responding quickly to the requirements of the new system,
finding innovative solutions to the problems as they arise and developing
inter-personal and leadership skills. Unfortunately, engineers who
are required to lead the infrastructure program are increasingly
shifting to the Banking, Finance and Insurance sectors of the economy.
It is important that the Government gives higher priority to training
engineers, project managers and other technicians critical to the
delivery of projects within budget, on time and of high quality.
The Institute shall support the development of critical mass of
skilled managers and technicians to operate and maintain infrastructure
facilities and also incubate private operators to accomplish this