Experts from the Graduate School of Management of St. Petersburg University (GSOM SPbU) shared their best practices on the formation of approaches to sustainable development within public-private partnership projects at the VIII research conference "Public-Private Partnership in the field of transport: models and experience". Svetlana Maslova, Doctor of Law, Director of the PPP Research Center of GSOM SPbU Associate Professor of the Department of Public Administration of St. Petersburg University, Director of PPP Projects of the Eurasian Development Bank, and Viktor Eremin, Junior Researcher, presented the first results of the work “Sustainable Development and Infrastructure Investment projects with the participation of St. Petersburg: transformation of the legal model of regulation” (grant from the Russian Science Foundation No. 22-28-20185).
At the seminar, the researchers discussed with representatives of Russian and foreign universities the Russian and international regional experience of sustainable development.
During the discussion Svetlana Maslova noted that infrastructure, as a key link, has a direct impact on the achievement of Russia's national development goals and the implementation of the St. Petersburg Economic and Social Development Strategy for the period up to 2030, which is extremely important in the context of the transition to the ESG agenda as part financing. At the international level, the legal framework for “sustainable” investments in infrastructure is already being formed.
Viktor Eremin touched upon the problems of rule-making when creating the necessary framework for the implementation of public-private partnership projects. He noted that there were sufficient prerequisites for the implementation of the concept of "PPP for the benefit of people" in domestic law, and regional legislation in this area - and, in particular, the legislation of St. Petersburg — requires reform in the coming years.