More than 50 major foreign investors have expressed interest in public-private partnership (PPP) projects in Uzbekistan, said the director of the Agency for the Development of Public-Private Partnership Golib Kholzhigitov.
According to him, at present, the priority areas of public-private partnership are electricity generation, transport infrastructure development, for example, airports, social sectors – health care, pre-school and secondary education, telecommunications, and public utilities – water supply, sewerage, heat, solid waste, and also agriculture and water management, tourism.
“The Agency, together with ministries and departments, is working to attract foreign direct investment in 17 PPP projects totaling $ 10 billion. Two large projects worth over $ 100 million will be implemented with the support of the International Finance Corporation. Tenders have already taken place for the construction of a solar photovoltaic plant capacity of 100 MW in the Navoi region and the establishment of a hemodialysis center. More than 50 large foreign investors have expressed interest in participating in the tender process All on these projects, “- said Kholjigitov.
He also added that the Agency, with the support of the Asian Development Bank and the International Finance Corporation, intends to help increase the capacity of solar photovoltaic plants in the country by 2,000 MW, so that the production of electricity with their participation will reach 5,000 MW by 2030.
For example, in partnership with the MASDAR company from the United Arab Emirates, on the basis of the G2G (government to government) project, it is planned to create a wind power plant with a capacity of 500 MW. A Memorandum on the construction of power plants with a capacity of 1,000 MW was also signed with the European Development Bank.
“On the basis of PPP, projects such as the modernization of international airports, the construction of the Tashkent-Andijan and Tashkent-Samarkand highways, the opening of the sterilization, rehabilitation and oncology centers in the health system, the creation of a network of social pharmacies are being prepared for implementation. A number of projects will be implemented in the field of rural, water and utilities, other industries “, – he concluded.