Team Leader and resident Advisor in charge of a five-year multi-million Euro European Commission MEDA technical assistance program in support of infrastructure and utility reforms and private sector participation in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. The program, organizationally attached to the Executive Privatization Commission (EPC) of the Prime Ministry, is geared to introducing private sector provision of infrastructure services through Public-Private Partnerships (PPP) in inter alia transport, tourism, electricity generation, water and waste water, hazardous and solid waste management, and health care sectors.
The PPP Program of Jordan, designed and developed under the guidance of Stefan Kauder, was the first in the Middle East and the Arab World covering all infrastructure sectors in a comprehensive and consistent regulatory and institutional framework. Stefan Kauder was advising the Government of Jordan on overall PPP and infrastructure development policies, institutional and capacity building strategies, coordination of donor support, public awareness, marketing and promotional activities surrounding the PPP Program, as well as day-to-day management issues.
Significant pilot transactions included the first privately-financed waste water treatment plant in Jordan (serving the existing hotel complexes at the Jordanian Dead Sea shore and the 2 billion USD investment projects under development), the first BOOT project in the Middle East (a hazardous waste incineration plant, serving the entire country), the first five-star eco-tourism hotel in Jordan, and a comprehensive municipal solid waste management and recycling project for the Greater Amman area.
The PPP Program, furthermore, provided substantial input to high profile infrastructure transactions in the Kingdom, which were under the auspices of line ministries but with a significant PPP component. Major infrastructure investment projects in Jordan, for example the USD 2.5 billion (1st phase) Red-Sea-Dead-Sea-Canal project, a USD 200 million investment in a major solar power project, and significant projects in water and waste water management such as the As-Samra wastewater treatment facility are being financed to large extent through build-operate-transfer (BOT) and related financing mechanisms.
The Project’s overall success and track record in achieving results exceeding initial expectations, prompted the Contracting Authority to allocate significant additional resources to the Project in five contract addenda and to extend the project term to September 2009.