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The government has backed off its plans to privatize the National Insurance Corporation

The government has backed off its plans to privatize the National Insurance Corporation (NIC) after workers began moving to short-term contracts. “Deputy Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Finance and Planning, Ms. Suzana Mkapa, noted here yesterday that instead of privatizing NIC, the government will carry out major reforms for NIC to run its operations profitably. ‘The government is determined to revive its National Insurance Corporation to competitively run its activities,’ said the Deputy Permanent Secretary while opening NIC workers council meeting. Ms. Mkapa informed the NIC workers council that the government will thus extend their work contracts to a period of three months beginning November after three years work contracts had expired last month.” Mkapa urged workers to “remain tolerant.”

Source: allAfrica.com

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What lies beneath? A critical assessment of PPPs and their impact on sustainable development

This report shows that the last decade has seen a huge increase in the amount of money invested in PPPs in developing countries. This has been driven by economic growth and thus the need for infrastructure development, but also by low interest rates in developed countries which has driven investors to ‘search for yield’ elsewhere. Current estimates indicate that the developing world will experience a new wave of PPPs in the near future. This report looks at the empirical and theoretical evidence available on the nature and impact of PPPs, and analyses the experiences of Tanzania and Peru. It critically assesses whether PPPs deliver on the promises of their proponents and gives concrete recommendations for policymakers.