James Aiello

James Aiello

Senior Project Advisor, PPP Unit

National Treasury, South Africa

James is a consultant with the title of Senior Advisor, Transaction Advisory Services with the Government Technical Advisory Centre’s (GTAC) PPP Unit at National Treasury in South Africa.

James’ expertise in accessing private sector financing for municipal infrastructure dates from 1998, when he was Chief of Party to the joint USAID-National Treasury initiative that created the Municipal Infrastructure Investment Unit (MIIU).  Among the projects initiated during that period are the Mbombela water services concession and the ILembe water services project, both of which are still in operation. The Midvaal municipality electricity distribution PPP assessment is one of his current major municipal infrastructure assignments.

He is currently working with the Johannesburg Stock Exchange to develop listing and trading requirements for PPP Project Bonds. This work has led to his involvement in the development of Tax Increment Financing for public services infrastructure at the municipal and national department levels. 

Among other initiatives, he is the National Treasury Advisor to the Gautrain Management Authority, the governing body of the Gautrain Rapid Rail System and is also currently advising on the assessment of whether the redevelopment of six major South Africa’s Border Posts should be as a PPP.  He engages in many PPP training initiatives, the most recent being for the nations of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Malawi, Tanzania and earlier this month, Uganda. 

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