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|Title:||Public private partnerships and their applicability in Malta : an analysis|
|Authors:||Baldacchino, Peter J.|
|Keywords:||Public-private sector cooperation -- Malta|
Public-private sector cooperation -- Management
Build-operate-transfer (Public contracts)
|Citation:||Baldacchino, P. J., Tabone, N., Galea, D., & Grima, S. (2021). Public private partnerships and their applicability in Malta : an analysis. Journal of Accounting, Finance and Auditing Studies, 7(1), 1-39.|
|Abstract:||Purpose: We herein examine the private public partrnership (PPPs)
in Malta by (i) ascertaining the nature and assessing their
definability, (ii) identifying and analysing the main alternative ways
of formulating PPPs and finding the optimal ways of doing so, as well
as (iii) assessing PPP monitoring and analysing any factors which
may render such monitoring more effective.|
Methodology: The study follows a qualitative mixed-methods design. It draws data from semi-structured interviews conducted with fourteen experts within the Maltese PPP scenario. These consisted of representatives from consultancy firms and from Government entities and private sector firms involved in PPPs.
Findings: The findings indicate that, if a formal statutory PPP definition were to be adopted, this would likely face substantial resistance. Moreover, specific case studies and detailed risk assessments are sine qua nons for optimal PPP formulations. Furthermore, at the PPP contract drafting stage, dilemmas too often arise regarding the inclusion of the appropriate level of detail about the different aspects of such contracts if one is not to render them too complex. In SPs procurement, respondents preferred the inclusion of a pre-qualification stage. Furthermore, while it is generally agreed that further skills and resources are required for effective Government monitoring, differences of opinion emerged as to how and when such monitoring is to be performed.
Originality/Value: This study is meant to raise public sector awareness on the need to improve Maltese PPP practices with respect to their definability, formulation and monitoring. It is hoped that the forwarded recommendations support the competent authorities in addressing the identified existing deficiencies, thus enabling them to enhance PPPs and render them improved vehicles for public sector development.
|Appears in Collections:||Journal of Accounting, Finance and Auditing Studies, Volume 7, Issue 1|
Journal of Accounting, Finance and Auditing Studies, Volume 7, Issue 1
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