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KUWAIT - Economy

Asma Al-Mousa

Acting General Manager, Kuwait Authority for Partnerships Projects (KAPP)

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Asma Muhammad Al-Mousa is a senior investment specialist with 28 years of experience. She has been with KAPP since 2014 and has held positions such as purchasing committee chairperson, Labor City project manager, Egaila service center project manager, head of citizens’ subscription team of the Al-Zour Plant Project, and finance department manager. She holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Kuwait University with a major in marketing.

"Looking toward the future, KAPP aims to play a more strategic advisory role for the Kuwaiti government."
KAPP has played a crucial role in supporting Kuwait’s economic growth by advocating for social infrastructure projects, promoting diversification, advancing renewable energy initiatives, and advocating for PPP best practices.
What role has KAPP played in supporting Kuwait’s economic recovery and growth since the pandemic?

Governmental entities of a similar nature such as KAPP are part of the financial tools supporting the government in diversifying the state’s economy and attracting foreign investment. The pandemic forced many countries in the region to rethink their policies and evaluate their practices regarding public services. The new globally endorsed value of PPPs for people is a new metric that focuses on the social, environmental, and human development impact of PPPs on society. For this purpose, we have been advocating for social infrastructure projects that would improve the publics’ daily life and serve its needs, while still maintaining the expectations of local and international private sector interests.

What is the strategic importance of independent water and energy projects for Kuwait?

These projects are essential for several reasons. First, they help to diversify the country’s energy sources, reduce reliance on fossil fuels, and improve energy security. This aligns with Kuwait’s goals for sustainable development, which aim to address environmental concerns while ensuring long-term economic stability. These projects also attract foreign investment, which in turn spurs economic growth and brings new technologies and expertise into the country. They create job opportunities and promote skill development, which is important for reducing public sector employment dependency. By adopting modern, cleaner technologies, Kuwait can comply with global environmental standards and contribute to the fight against climate change. This also supports Vision 2035 for a knowledge-based economy. KAPP is currently tendering two independent water and power plant (IWPP) projects, namely Az Zour North Phase 2-3 and Al Khiran Phase 1, each with a power generation capacity of no less than 2,700MW and 1,800MW, respectively. Both projects would generate a total of 153 million imperial gallons per day (MIGD) of desalinated water. For Az Zour North Phase 2-3 project, we will float the request for proposals soon. As for Al Khiran Phase 1, we are in the stage of preparing the request for proposals.

Can you elaborate on KAPP’s role in advancing renewable energy projects and their importance in Kuwait’s energy strategy?

As the mandated agency for studying and procurement of PPP projects, KAPP works within the set objectives and roles specified within the PPP law. While Ministry of Electricity and Water and Renewable Energies (MEWRE) is the public entity mandated with the task of the related services, KAPP provides guidance and recommendations regarding market appetite, technological trends, project bankability, global business requirements to align future projects to meet public and private sector’s local and international requirements in light of the recent COP28 obligations and to realize the state’s sustainable developmental goals and objectives, as part of Kuwait’s vision for 2035. For this purpose, KAPP has been mandated with tendering Al Shagaya and DibDibah Phase 2-3 IPP projects, which will be tendered as four separate projects with a total capacity of no less than 4,500MW. KAPP has cooperated with KISR and MEWRE to ensure the variance of renewable energy technologies to be used in this project, and the stage of bidder qualification has already started.

Looking toward the future, what are your aspirations for KAPP, and how do you envision its role evolving in the coming years?

Looking toward the future, KAPP aims to play a more strategic advisory role for the Kuwaiti government. KAPP strives to become a regional knowledge hub for PPP best practices and trends. To achieve this, it needs to enhance stakeholder understanding through capacity-building initiatives. KAPP is also committed to promoting sustainability in its projects, to align with Kuwait’s Vision 2035 and global sustainability objectives. It aspires to be a recognized and adopted model for PPP practice and procurement and to contribute significantly to Kuwait’s economic diversification by promoting innovative public-private collaborations. This evolution toward sustainability and innovation is expected to leave a lasting positive impact on future generations in Kuwait and set a benchmark in the region for effective and sustainable PPP implementation.

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