These are contracts between public and private organizations for the design, funding, construction, operation, and maintenance of infrastructure projects and public interest services, which transfer to the private sector a part of the risks and responsibilities, while the State maintains its authority over control and regulation.
In ALIARSE, we recognize that the State needs to guarantee the provision of public services and quality infrastructure in a cost-efficient fashion. PPAs can be instrumental to achieve that goal. In fact, Costa Rica has been promoting for over two decades public-private initiatives for the development of infrastructure and the provision of quality public services. Nevertheless, the country faces challenges when establishing new PPAs while creating the right conditions to promote them within the context of severe fiscal restriction and large gaps in infrastructure.
In this sense, ALIARSE aims to generate knowledge, build capacity, and advise public organizations to promote best practices for transparent management of future PPAs.