Big news! The Ministry of Economy and Commerce (MEC), under the leadership of its Director of Economic Policies and Research Department Saud Abdullah al-Attiyah, is eyeing completion of public-private partnership (PPP) framework by the end of this year. MEC will submit the draft PPP law to the cabinet by August this year and hopes to have the framework completed and implemented by the end of 2016. Following the successful implementation of PPP projects in the energy sector, al-Attiyah has reportedly said that Qatar is looking to implement PPPs across all sectors, including infrastructure, sports, education, health, and government services. For him, the new PPP framework has been set to offer a number of opportunities in 2016 and 2017, including a PPP programme for the construction of 10 to 12 public schools. al-Attiyah is optimistic that these projects will create several opportunities for local companies, as well as experienced international companies. Qatar has allocated 45 million sq m for industrial and warehousing developments, which are spread throughout the country. And, al-Attiyah sees on the top of the list, economic zones and logistics villages. Projects like the Hamad International Airport, the New Doha Port, Qatar Rail project and large road development programmes will improve connectivity. And, with al-Attiyah looking for PPPs to be used in all relevant projects, indeed these projects will improve the connectivity in the country significantly.