Castalia worked with the IFC to help governments structure PPPs to attract private investment for transport infrastructure projects, by developing tools that would show them how to de-risk projects. Congestion and poorly maintained highways impact welfare and reduce opportunities for trade and economic growth. If governments don’t have the money to maintain and develop transport systems, countries will be affected by increasing congestion as urbanization rises.
Castalia helped the Government of Uruguay (GoU) structure a PPP, so it could develop 60 early childhood education centers. The government wanted to ensure its planned early childhood education centers offered high-quality services, could be privately financed, and provided value for government expenditure.
Castalia analyzed whether the acquisition of additional scampi fishing quota by a fishing company would reduce competition. We found it would not. Competition authorities in New Zealand were concerned that aggregation of scampi fishing quota could undermine competition.
We identified emerging trends from advances in ICT, and socio-demographic changes in the workplace. Telstra, the leading telecommunications company in Australia, realized that tremendous changes would come with the ICT revolution, and they wanted to embrace the opportunities and challenges that would result.
Castalia developed a methodology to distinguish between entry restrictions based on quality and those that created competition-limiting barriers. New Zealand’s Commerce Commission was concerned about the admissions practices of professional medical associations. It wanted to check whether they were reducing competition in specialist medical fields by imposing anti-competitive barriers to entry in the specialist fields.
Castalia prepared the business case and procurement documents for two non-tolled highways in East Sumatra. The Government of Indonesia wanted private investors to finance rehabilitation, expansion and maintenance of key links in the national highway network.
Castalia helped to develop a viable concession transaction for the Government of Ukraine for the Ports of Olvia and Kherson. Ukraine’s seaports play a key role in export and trade, and the Government intended to involve the private sector to improve the country’s port infrastructure. It needed help to secure a private partner for the country’s first private concession in the port sector.
Castalia developed a system to prioritize federal capital contributions to water projects in Mexico. CONAGUA (a federal water funding agency) lacked the tools to prioritize capital investment among the projects submitted by the 2,448 municipalities potentially eligible for such assistance. This led to sub-optimal selection of projects for support.
We developed a screening tool and financial model to help the PPP Unit in Vietnam’s Ministry of Transport to identify, screen, and prioritize potential PPP projects. The Government of Vietnam sought to procure highway, rail, seaport, and airport projects to relieve an infrastructure bottleneck, but a financing gap inhibited progress.