Weircapacity Limited, a management consultancy firm, accredited by APMG to conduct Foundation Level training for the Certified Public Private Partnership (CP3P) (Foundation Level) program, recently completed her inaugural CP3P training and examination in Nigeria. Weircapacity, after undergoing and completing a rigorous accreditation process emerged in March, 2017, the first training organization in West Africa authorised to deliver training and conduct CP3P certification examination.
The CP3P program, as developed and managed by APMG, is an innovation of the World Bank group in partnership with several other Multilateral Development Banks. The program aims to bring together best practices and create a common PPP approach and understanding amongst PPP practitioners world-wide.
The CP3P is particularly significant in most of Africa and other emerging markets where governments are increasingly looking to explore the option of PPPs to bridge financing gaps for the delivery of much needed infrastructure projects.
PPPs are driven by innovation and as such require specialized skill set amongst government and private sector practitioners alike. Moreover, successful PPP programs hinge largely on the capacity of the public and private sector to identify and respond effectively to the demands of their responsibilities within the partnership.
A growing number of governments across Africa have embraced the PPP option and have taken strides to standardize PPP practices in their individual countries. However, taking into consideration the significant objective of the CP3P in facilitating a global common approach to PPPs, it is imperative for African governments to leverage the CP3P certification program to further strengthen their PPP units.
Weircapacity as an accredited training organization, has simplified the process of understanding the CP3P Body of Knowledge (BoK) in order to adequately prepare potential CP3Ps for success in their foundation exams. To this end, Weircapacity successfully delivered its first CP3P training and examination, in Kaduna State, Nigeria, from August 19 – August 24, 2017. The CP3P training program, which was funded by the World Bank, was attended by a total of sixteen (16) participants selected from twelve (12) government agencies across the state. The objective of the training program was to refine the knowledge of the participants on global PPP practices and country adaptation procedures, while equally equipping them with the knowledge and technique for success in the foundation examinations.
A Cross Section of Participants
The training sessions were designed to be interactive and the practicality of PPP’s in Nigeria and Africa was extensively analyzed. A major take away from the training program was the enthusiasm and desire to collaborate shown by the participants during each session, which are attributes necessary for successful partnerships. Through-out the training sessions, emphasis was placed on knowledge sharing and we expect that the knowledge gained will be used to improve existing practices and procedures and this will significantly impact the development of PPP’s and indeed infrastructure development projects in Kaduna state and by extension, Nigeria.