Management of heating systems in Tashkent will be transferred to foreign companies
According to the Ministry of Finance, an agreement was signed between the khokimiyat of Tashkent and the representative office of the Asian Development Bank in Uzbekistan to provide long-term rental (affermage) consulting services for transferring Tashkent city heating networks on a public-private partnership.
According to the information, within the framework of this agreement, the Asian Development Bank will evaluate the proposals received from foreign companies as an exclusive consultant to the Tashkent city hokimiyat, and in accordance with the requirements of the current Law on public-private partnership, if necessary, will conduct a tender selection among foreign companies. ADB consultants will help select the best option among the participants in signing a lease agreement with Toshissikkuvvati State Unitary Enterprise.
The main goal of implementing this project on the basis of PPPs is to attract experienced foreign companies in the field of housing and communal services for modernization and reconstruction of heating networks, eliminating current losses in the system and preventing accidents through the use of automated foreign IT technologies, as well as using modern management methods and processes in the heat supply of Tashkent.
It is about providing quality services to the population and further improving the infrastructure of the regions, the information says.
It was emphasized that this project is the third in the field of utilities for the Asian Development Bank in Uzbekistan. At present, in Samarkand, Bukhara, Namangan and Karshi, a project is starting to manage the water supply and sanitation system on the basis of a public-private partnership.
Recall that in June this year, the Law on Public-Private Partnership (PPP) entered into force in Uzbekistan. According to the law, public-private partnership is a cooperation of public and private partners legally registered for a certain period of time, based on the pooling of their resources for the implementation of the PPP project.
The main principles of PPP are equality before the law of public and private partners, transparency of procedures, competitiveness and objectivity in the selection of a private partner, inadmissibility of discrimination and corruption.
The regulator in this area is the Agency for the Development of Public-Private Partnerships under the Ministry of Finance.
The public partner enters into a PPP agreement with a private partner, determined by tender or direct negotiations. Tender criteria should be clear and not discriminatory.
To participate in the tender, a private partner must have legal capacity, have the financial, technical and human resources necessary to fulfill obligations and have no grounds, the presence of which could lead to a conflict of interests.
The duration of the public-private partnership agreement is up to 49 years.
The document provides mechanisms for protecting the interests of a private partner and establishes a procedure for monitoring and reporting on the implementation of PPP projects. The mechanisms of financial support for PPPs, the main types of which are grants and subsidies, tax benefits, deposits in the form of assets, loans, state guarantees and others, are identified.