Between the 30th of March and the 1st of April the International PPP Forum “Implementing the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development through effective, people-first Public-Private Partnerships” was held in the Palais des Nations, Geneva, Switzerland.
In 2015 United Nations adopted 17 Sustainable Development Goals in order to increase accessibility and quality of public services, infrastructure development, and PPPs play the main role in achieving it. Considering the limitation of budget and extrabudgetary investments for achieving these goals, PPP experts face the challenge to ensure greater efficiency of PPP mechanism in order to increase the amount of PPP projects. It appears reasonable for UNECE experts to overcome this challenge by elaboration and use of International PPP standards – principles of projects and procedures realization, based on practical experience of PPP project implementation, and PPP Best Practice Guides, which serve as an assistant during realization of PPP project.
Thereby, the main goal of the forum was the integration of about 200 experts from more than 30 countries, representatives of private and public sectors, and academic environment for presentation to the world the results of their work on detection of PPP best practices in all fields of use of this mechanism, and elaborated on its basis PPP standards.
The forum consisted of several plenary sessions and parallel work streams devoted to discussion of public-private partnership in different sectors: transport, healthcare, renewable energy, management of water and etc. Svetlana Maslova during the plenary session presented PPP Best Practice Guide in Road Sector elaborated by the Center for PPP Studies GSOM SPbU and UNECE International PPP Center of Excellence, and also highlighted the issues of use of PPP to achieve Sustainable Development Goals, including legal and other aspects.
Elaboration of PPP Best Practice Guide in Road Sector is the major area of the activities of the Center for PPP Studies GSOM SPbU as one of the UNECE PPP Specialist Centers. Discussion of this Guide with representatives of UNECE International PPP Center of Excellence and members of UNECE Project Teams in road sector also was held within the framework of the forum. Experts highly appreciated the PPP Best Practice Guide presented. Currently, the procedure of its editing and public review is launched for the purposes of its further publication.
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