The Federal Government of Nigeria and the Austrian government have discussed working together on public-private partnerships (PPPs) and transportation projects.
This is stated in a statement made public on Wednesday in Abuja by Manji Yarling, the Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Commission’s acting head of media and publicity (ICRC).
Yarling said that the collaboration was requested during a courtesy visit by Austrian Ambassador to Nigeria, Thomas Schlesinger, to the International Committee of the Red Cross Director-General, Michael Ohiani, and the ICRC Management team.
Gerd Grobminger, VP, Global Sales Operations, Kapsch TrafficCom, an Austrian business interested in PPP contracts in the transportation sector, joined the ambassador, she added.
According to Yarling, the company has extensive expertise managing a wide range of transportation-related projects in countries including Germany, Italy, and South Africa.
Ohiani welcomed the team and said the commission was mandated by law to oversee all PPP initiatives in Nigeria.
The team was briefed by the director general on the state of various public-private partnerships in the transportation sector.
Ohiani said that the first phase of the Highway Development and Management Initiative (HDMI) Project, which consisted of nine road segments, was pending financial closure and that agreements had been made with the selected bidders.