PwC Advisory helps Morocco with setup of population and social register

20 December 2017 Consultancy.africa

Morocco’s Ministry of Interior has hired PwC to help the government with setting up a national population register. PwC, which beat the likes of EY, KPMG and McKinsey & Company, will deliver the project through a collaborative effort between PwC Morocco and PwC India.

Moroccan Interior Minister Abdelouafi Laftit's department has appealed to Big Four professional services firm PwC advisory to assist in setting up the identification and targeting program for social protection campaigns.

After having been selected to lead the study on the reorganisation of the Ministry of Economy and Finance, PwC Advisory – the consulting subsidiary of the audit giant PwC – has been awarded yet another strategic public contract.

PwC Advisory Morocco, in a consortium with the Indian subsidiary of PwC, won the project, which involves the identification of targets for social protection programmes being rolled out by the Ministry of the Interior. The compensation for the project is estimated at 12 million dirhams.

The study is financed by a loan from the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD). "This project aims to develop two registers: a national population register (RNP) with a unique identification number (NIU) and a single social register (RSU)," said the department in a release.

PwC Advisory helps Morocco with setup of population and social register

The National Population Register will have two main functions. Firstly, it will help ensure the generation and assignment of NIUs and prevent data-duplication by way of updating identity data. Secondly, it allows for the automatic authentication of the identity of each individual before concluding a transaction.

Targeting for such programmes has been an obstacle for several years now, and has blocked major reforms, including the decompensation of gas and sugar, which has had a major impact on disadvantaged sections of the population. "The establishment of such a digital identification system can prove to be a colossal undertaking for Morocco," said the Ministry of the Interior.

Nevertheless, the Ministry anticipates two major areas of difficulty for the project. The first is electronic identification. Due to its cross-sectoral nature, electronic identification must be supervised at a high level and lead to strong coordination between public bodies. The second issue lies in the inadequacy of the technology being used. "Digital identification is intrinsically technological, it requires a powerful ecosystem: management, governance and technology are important aspects for the design and establishment of RNP," explained the ministry. 

PwC advisory will aim to help and support the Ministry of the Interior in this project for three years. Moreover, the Moroccan branch relied on the expertise of PwC's Indian sister subsidiary. 

Thanks to the Indian arm’s expertise in the field, and a competitive financial offer estimated at 12 million dirhams, PwC managed to win the contract for which three other operators were in the running: Big Four rival EY, a consortium of KPMG & Atexo Morocco, as well as Mckinsey & Company.

McKinsey & Company was eliminated from the running "for introducing a subcontractor without the prior consent of the Customer.” The KPMG & Atexo consortium was rejected "for not obtaining the minimum technical score of 70/100." Meanwhile, the quotation of 24.6 million dirhams for the project from EY was deemed too expensive by the Ministry.

Cameroon seeks consulting support for electricity distribution project

10 April 2019 Consultancy.africa

The Government of Cameroon is on the lookout for consultants to support with the development of the Master Plan Production Transport Distribution of Electricity. The selected consultancy will be expected to conduct a study regarding the evacuation of power facilities in the country.

The result of the proposed study will be an initial design, followed by a more detailed blueprint, in addition to the final tender paperwork. The Master Plan Production Transport Distribution of Electricity is one of several developmental projects taking place across Africa to improve the region’s infrastructure scenario.

Specifically, the project looks to develop a more comprehensive network of transportation to and from power generation facilities, not only to enhance the capacity within these plants but also to expand the scope of distribution to the more remote areas of the country. The project also involves the development of two solar power plants.Cameroon seeks consulting support for electricity distribution project

This is another trend that is common across a number of African markets. Given that the latest wave of infrastructure development on the continent is coinciding with a global trend towards sustainable energy, most African countries are integrating renewable sources such as wind and solar within their energy generation systems.

Tcholiré and Kousséri are the two cities to be endowed with solar power plants, The candidates for consulting partners of the project are expected to have considerable global experience in the domains of power distribution and managing renewable energy generation projects.

Overall, the new plan is being designed to cover the gaps in the previous Electricity Sector Development Plan that was formed in 2014. The earlier plan failed to address a number of distribution issues around major generation centres, while the new plan is being designed to ensure efficient distribution.

As a result, the requirements for the new plan include detailed assessments of voltage and capacity of electricity plants, and the capacity of their associated distribution systems. The new plan is also, in similar vein, expected to have detailed guidelines on optimum transportation networks to and from the generation facilities.