Tunisia Sanitation PPP Support Project (WB-P162957)

  • Tunisia
Geographic location where the impacts of the investment may be experienced.
Financial Institutions
  • World Bank (WB)
International, regional and national development finance institutions. Many of these banks have a public interest mission, such as poverty reduction.
Project Status
Stage of the project cycle. Stages vary by development bank and can include: pending, approval, implementation, and closed or completed.
Bank Risk Rating
Environmental and social categorization assessed by the development bank as a measure of the planned project’s environmental and social impacts. A higher risk rating may require more due diligence to limit or avoid harm to people and the environment. For example, "A" or "B" are risk categories where "A" represents the highest amount of risk. Results will include projects that specifically recorded a rating, all other projects are marked ‘U’ for "Undisclosed."
Voting Date
May 29, 2018
Date when project documentation and funding is reviewed by the Board for consideration and approval. Some development banks will state a "board date" or "decision date." When funding approval is obtained, the legal documents are accepted and signed, the implementation phase begins.
Government of Tunisia
A public entity (government or state-owned) provided with funds or financial support to manage and/or implement a project.
  • Water and Sanitation
The service or industry focus of the investment. A project can have several sectors.
Investment Type(s)
The categories of the bank investment: loan, grant, guarantee, technical assistance, advisory services, equity and fund.
Investment Amount (USD)
$ 130.00 million
Value listed on project documents at time of disclosure. If necessary, this amount is converted to USD ($) on the date of disclosure. Please review updated project documents for more information.
Project Cost (USD)
$ 130.00 million
Value listed on project documents at time of disclosure. If necessary, this amount is converted to USD ($) on the date of disclosure. Please review updated project documents for more information.
Primary Source

Original disclosure @ WB website

Updated in EWS Dec 4, 2018

Disclosed by Bank Nov 1, 2017

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Project Description
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According to bank documents. the proposed objectives of the Project are to:

  1. provide improved sanitation services under the PPP contracts; and
  2. strengthen ONAS’s capacity to manage PPP contracts in delivery of sanitation services.

The World Bank Group (IBRD and IFC) agreed with the GoT to pilot a comparative, performance-based private contract approach in which two private companies would be benchmarked against ONAS-managed expansion and service provision, as well as against each other. This would allow to demonstrate the option of ONAS developing largely as a manager of private sector implementation, as an alternative to ONAS expanding as a public sector service provider, with the longerterm objectives of helping ONAS:

  • Comply with national effluent standards through contractual incentive mechanisms (performance)
  • Curb the increase in operating costs through long-term efficiency gains brought by private operators
  • Improve asset management program by setting up an infrastructure upgrade program and annual “Major Maintenance and Renewal” programs
  • Fill the current and future gap in personnel by partnering up with international private operators capable of quickly mobilizing and training qualified personnel
  • Transfer certain responsibilities to private operators on a performance basis, and contribute to the development of a dynamic domestic private sector.
Investment Description
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World Bank:
Jean-Martin Brault, Patrice Claude Charles Caporossi
Sr Water & Sanitation Spec.

Office National de l'Assainissement (ONAS)
Habib Omrane
President Directeur General

Implementing Agency:
Office National de l'Assainissement (ONAS)
Hassene Chatti
Chef Departement Planification, Budget et Etudes Generales

Sondes Issaoui
Chef d'Unité BOT


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