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  1. Public-Private Partnerships for Sustainable Development Mr. Geoffrey Hamilton Chief, Cooperation and Partnerships SectionUnited Nations Economic Commission for Europe _________________________________________________ ‘Agenda 21 and the Information Society’, Mini Conference, December 13th 2007

  2. POSITION IN A NUTSHELL • PPPs can be a tool for Sustainable Development • However, Governments and private sector have other priorities • Need to cross the divide between the ‘world of finance’ and ‘sustainable development’ • Can ICT help ?

  3. = partnership WHAT IS A PPP? • The term PPP is used internationally with a wide variety of meanings, but for this purpose… • PPP = private investment in public infrastructure + long-term service provision + risk transfer to private sector

  4. WHY PPP? WHY PPP? • Access to capital • Certainty of Outcome • Off balance sheet borrowing • Innovation • Transfer of risk

  5. Stage One • Define policy framework • Test legal viability • Identify project pipeline • Develop foundation concepts (PSCs etc) • Apply lessons from earliest deals to other sectors • Start to build marketplace • Stage Two • Introduce legislative reform • Publish policy and practice guidelines • Establish dedicated PPP units • Refine PPP delivery models • Continue to foster marketplace • Expand project pipeline • extend to new sectors • Leverage new sources of funds • Stage Three • Fully defined, comprehensive “system” • Legal impediments removed • PPP models refined and reproduced • Sophisticated risk allocation • Committed, long-term deal flow • Long-term political consensus • Use of full-range of funding sources • Thriving infrastructure investment market involving pension funds and private-equity funds • Well-trained civil service applying lessons from PPP experience THE GROWTH OF PPPs IN EMERGING MARKETS 3 Distinct Evolutionary Phases


  7. CURRENT CHALLENGE • Sustainable Development is not a priority • Financing issues are paramount • PPP issue is dealt with by Finance Ministry not Environment

  8. HOW CAN WE ADDRESS THE CHALLENGE • Is it a challenge for governments or the private sector? • UNECE guidelines and training

  9. UNECE GUIDELINES ON PROMOTING GOOD GOVERNANCE IN PPPs7 PRINCIPLES • A coherent PPP policy • Strong enabling institutions • Legal framework “fewer, better, simpler” • Cooperative risk sharing and mutual support • Transparency in partner section • Putting people first • Achieving sustainable development

  10. Misconceptions… No! You need a policy framework with direction, responsibilities and goals. PRINCIPLE 1. POLICY PPP pilots will start the process…

  11. Principle 1. PPP Policy • A PPP Policy is needed to fix a “roadmap” • Strong social objectives, e.g. increasing accessibility for disadvantaged • Core values and principles (fairness, continuation of services, improved quality) • Consultation within Government • Consult investor community • Identify the right projects to get started

  12. Misconceptions… No! You need to build the skills within the government and set up the right institutions. PRINCIPLE 2. CAPACITY BUILDING PPPs focus on ring fencing the project…

  13. Principle 2. Capacity-Building INTERNALLY • Train personnel for the required skills for PPPs • Establish PPP Unit • Offer National PPP training programmes, guidelines EXTERNALLY • At same time use qualified consultants to help on projects

  14. Misconceptions… No! Overall framework should be simpler, fewer and better. PRINCIPLE 3. LEGAL PPPs … prescriptive rules and tight control…

  15. Principle 3. Legal ‘Fewer, better and simpler’ • Fewer laws - removal of constraints • Better laws - knowable, secure and predictable • Simpler laws - bundling projects, ‘competitive dialogue’

  16. Misconceptions… No! Governments must assume some risk and offer some subsidy. PRINCIPLE 4. RISK SHARING PPPs provide assets to governments at no risk and no cost

  17. Principle 4. Risk • Cooperative sharing and mutual support • Risk sharing key to PPP success • No science to allocating risks • Yes to some government subsidy but with care

  18. Misconceptions… No! Competition allows for the best partner and the best project. PRINCIPLE 5. PROCUREMENT PPPs …no tender required…

  19. Principle 5. Procurement • Open and transparent • Opportunities should be made public • Non-discrimination • Zero tolerance to corruption • Choosing the right partners

  20. Misconceptions… No! People have to be put first. PRINCIPLE 6. PUTTING PEOPLE FIRST Keep people out: they do not understand the technical matters…

  21. Principe 6. Putting People First • Define the public interest • Consult with people • Inform: disclose information in contracts • Oversee by objective third party • Involve independent auditors

  22. Misconceptions… No! Project can make profit and achieve social and environmental goals. PRINCIPLE 7. ENVIRONMENT …you have to choose between profit and social and environment development…

  23. Principle 7. Environment • The ‘Green case’ works for PPPs • Provide incentives to the private sector to adopt green criteria • Avoid politically correct ‘add ons’ that mean nothing

  24. CASE STUDIES Applying the” Good Governance” principles brings you success! Canada Vancouver Landfill project France Centre Hospitalier Sud Francilien Israel Cross-Israel highway Tajikistan Pamir Power project USA Chesapeake Forest project

  25. HOW WE IMPLEMENT THE UNECE GUIDELINES? • Our focus is on training • Development of training modules • Moscow event training (September 2008) • We can learn from Aahrus convention, ICT and use other tools

  26. HOW TO USE ELECTRONIC TOOLS TO IMPLEMENT GUIDELINES ON PPPS SO SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT IS SERVED Display of third parties’ comments on progress and good examples of public consultation • Portal on good practice in public participation through PPP case studies • Publicizing success: the ‘carrot’, rather than the stick!

  27. IN CONCLUSION PPPs AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT • UNECE Guidebook on Promoting Good Governance in PPPs a starting point • Our Guidance would be more effective for sustainable development if we use ICT • Convention’s Task force’s advice on doing this would be welcome!