March 2024

Public-Private Partnerships in the Gulf Cooperation Council Region: Policy Discussions, Projects, Regulatory Frameworks, and Future Directions

Eoin Reeves (ed), University of Limerick, Ireland

Original study by Mhamed Biygautane and Stewart Clegg

This article explores the development of public-private partnerships (PPPs) in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) region over the past three decades.  It argues that although GCC states did not fully embrace PPPs, unstable oil and gas prices are changing this approach.  PPPs are increasingly gaining strong political support, and GCC states have made numerous reforms to the existing regulatory and institutional systems to enable a more extensive uptake of PPPs that encompasses a broader spectrum of social and economic infrastructure services.

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