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Assessing the Barriers and Risks to Private Sector Participation in Infrastructure Construction Projects in Developing Countries of Middle East

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Faculty of Civil Engineering, Vilnius Gediminas Technical University, LT-10223 Vilnius, Lithuania
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Department of Civil Engineering, Isfahan (Khorasgan) Branch, Islamic Azad University, Isfahan 81551-39998, Iran
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Department of Building and Real Estate, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hung Hom, Kowloon, Hong Kong, China
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Department of Management and Law, University of Rome “Tor Vergata”, 00133 Rome, Italy
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Sustainability 2021, 13(1), 153; https://doi.org/10.3390/su13010153
Received: 8 December 2020 / Revised: 16 December 2020 / Accepted: 22 December 2020 / Published: 25 December 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Sustainability and Risks in Construction Management)
In developing countries, governments are often unable to implement urban infrastructure construction projects (UICPs) on their own, mainly due to budget and financial resource limitations. The participation of the private sector, through public–private partnerships (PPPs), has been considered as an alternative effective method for increasing the efficiency and productivity of urban infrastructure development. However, in many developing countries such as those situated in the Middle East, attracting private sector investments for UICPs uncovers profound challenges that have not ever been comprehensively accounted for and prioritized. To fill this knowledge gap, this study seeks to determine and prioritize the major barriers and risks faced by governments and urban managers in attracting private sector investments through the PPP schemes launched by developing countries in the Middle East. Based on a Delphi study conducted in Iran as an example, the opinions of 60 UICPs experts in both the public and private sectors were collected and analyzed. Results show that technical and organizational barriers and risks were perceived as the most important to private sector participation, followed by economic and financial barriers and risks, and then political and legal barriers and risks. View Full-Text
Keywords: construction projects; public private partnership; infrastructure; developing countries construction projects; public private partnership; infrastructure; developing countries
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Tamošaitienė, J.; Sarvari, H.; Chan, D.W.M.; Cristofaro, M. Assessing the Barriers and Risks to Private Sector Participation in Infrastructure Construction Projects in Developing Countries of Middle East. Sustainability 2021, 13, 153. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13010153

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Tamošaitienė J, Sarvari H, Chan DWM, Cristofaro M. Assessing the Barriers and Risks to Private Sector Participation in Infrastructure Construction Projects in Developing Countries of Middle East. Sustainability. 2021; 13(1):153. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13010153

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Tamošaitienė, Jolanta; Sarvari, Hadi; Chan, Daniel W.M.; Cristofaro, Matteo. 2021. "Assessing the Barriers and Risks to Private Sector Participation in Infrastructure Construction Projects in Developing Countries of Middle East" Sustainability 13, no. 1: 153. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13010153

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