Factsheet #3

Concession Unit

Instrument Type


Governance Level


Governance Mode


Water management topics addressed

Drought & water scarcity
Water abstraction for irrigation and other economic activities
Water quality issues due to nutrient pollution
Water quality issues: Other reasons

Implementation requirements

Financial capacity


Human capacity


Political buy-in


Timeframe for implementation


#3: Concession Unit


“Concession” is an act attributable to the State whereby a Contracting Authority entrusts to a third party the total or partial management of public services for which that authority would normally be responsible and for which the third party assumes all or part of the risk.


Concession Units are responsible for 
– the national coordination of concessions
– helping to prepare and oversee the execution of concessions, and in general the negotiation of investments requiring the use of new forms of partnership between the public and private sectors
– helping to build the capacities of government employees in the area of concessions
– promoting regional concession projects
– helping the government to prepare its strategy on new forms of co-operation
Its aim is to provide support for governmental agencies by evaluating the financial, environmental, technical, legal and social aspects of projects.


Example: Concession Unit at the Tunisian Prime Minister Office

The advisory unit at the Tunisian Prime Minister's office oversees the work of governmental agencies involved in concession projects. The unit provides support for the preparation and the monitoring of the projects and coordinates the different concessions at a national level.


OECD (2014). Water Governance in Tunisia. Overcoming the challenges to private sector participation. OECD Studies on Water (p. 48). https://books.google.de/books?id=gRjsBAAAQBAJ&pg=PT49&lpg=PT49&dq=Tunisia+concession+units+water&source=bl&ots=khdqZvDOjJ&sig=ACfU3U0BBpdvEmtyDAJU1Avt3bkQvoxhMg&hl=de&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwj1zqzPwaTpAhVB26QKHfYkBdIQ6AEwAnoECAcQAQ#v=onepage&q=Tunisia%20concession%20units%20water&f=false Retrieved on 22 September 2020.

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