Government all set to modify The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) PPP Act, 2014: PESHAWAR

The government is all set to modify the K-P Public-Private Partnership Act, 2014 and they have planned to make changes in five sections of the legislation. The provincial cabinet agreed to the changes in the law during a conference held a few days ago. According to the document available with “The Express Tribune”, the changes affect to the removal of a schedule appended to the act. This schedule defines the names of sectors for infrastructural development in which the government may allow contracts. This will provide freedom to government departments to enter into business contracts under the public-private partnership in every segment. The proposed modifications will make changes in “Section 9” of the act, which explains the applicability of the act in sectors in which government department may allow agreements. The amendment substitute Subsection 2 of the provision and adds a third subsection. As per the amended Subsection 2, “it is mandatory for contracting authority or government entity to seek the approval of the chief minister for projects costing more than Rs300 million if wants to carry them out through public-private partnership. However, for projects involving cost less than Rs300 million, the contracting authority should decide itself the mode of its implementation under the act”. Furthermore, Subsection 3 exempts projects involving only the leasing of state land from the ambit of this act. The document read, “Irrespective of the cost, the projects in which leasing of only state land is involved shall be dealt with in accordance with the lease policy of the K-P government issued from time to time.” Meanwhile, with the new amendments, the chief executive officer of the Provincial Board of Investment and Trade should be appointed the member of Public-Private Partnership Committee.