Providing the commercial and social infrastructures essential for economic growth.
Well planned, well constructed infrastructure is a pre-requisite for economic development. But it’s not just about building things. Every bit as important are the services and benefits that those things provide. Infrastructure development is an integral part of a wide strategic planning process that encompasses many aspects of public policy and public sector management. Our multidisciplinary expertise means we are ideally suited to support the complex needs of major infrastructure projects. Our highly qualified team comes with extensive experience in economics, finance, law, engineering, environmental and social issues. And a yes-we-can attitude.
No one is better at providing assistance to governments at the development stage of infrastructure projects. No one is better at assisting governments prepare sector development plans and build their institutional capacity for infrastructure policy development. But where we stand unrivalled is in our ability to deliver implementation. Unlike other consultants, we don’t just think things through, we see things through.
Our services run the gamut from concept to implementation to appraisal. And we use all the research and analysis techniques needed to justify each project: market studies, feasibility studies, cost-benefit analysis, value-for-money studies and business cases.
As well as supporting government clients, we also support private investors. Not only do we help them with development and structuring, we also help them carry out due diligence, pitch to governments and negotiate contractual frameworks.
Most public infrastructure has a natural monopoly element that has to be addressed. Our roots in economics consulting mean we’re ideally suited to advise on this. Our work on regulatory and market development includes designing policies on market structure and competition and making the case for regulation.
We draft the laws necessary to put these policies into effect, including: tariffs; competition/anti-monopoly regulation; quality of service regulations; and technical/customer service standards. And we design and establish all the institutional frameworks, systems and procedures needed to put those policies into effect. That includes setting up new regulatory bodies.
We also carry out policy and regulatory impact assessments and support public and private utilities on regulatory issues (drafting regulatory submissions, acting as expert witness, designing regulatory institutions and procedures).
Our advice has helped governments and private investors to design, finance and build large infrastructure projects that deliver real economic and social benefits.
Our marketing and development study for the Mina Saqr port in the UAE helped dramatically improve the project.
Our advice on the type and location of an off-shore oil terminal in Jizan, Saudi Arabia was fundamental to its financial success.
In Iraq, our cost-benefit analysis for a new railway linking the capital city of Baghdad with the north helped drive the plan forward, creating jobs as well as a vital transport connection.
As did our feasibility study in the Philippines for the development of bulk handling facilities at the Port of Manila.