Regional Workshop Program: Preparing Public-Private Partnerships

Event | 3 - 7 February 2014 ADBI, Tokyo, Japan

Purpose

This program aims to provide Asian infrastructure managers, planners and practitioners with perspectives, tools, frameworks, and key concepts on public-private partnerships (PPP) for infrastructure development, and strengthen their competency to develop and implement functional and strategic PPP programs and projects. This program will share PPP lessons from Europe but tailored to Asia's unique circumstances to allow participants to gain the perspectives, tools, frameworks, and key concepts needed to meet infrastructure needs in their home countries.

Background

Development in infrastructure has become one of the most pressing challenges for accelerating economic development and social progress, especially in Asian countries. As globalism and regionalism ensues, tremendous private capital can be tapped for infrastructure projects. PPPs have become an important mechanism for responding to the challenges of infrastructure development. Asian countries are at different levels of development and not all countries are familiar with the great opportunities presented by PPPs in infrastructure development.

In the last two decades, the world has witnessed dramatic improvements in living standards among developing countries. Infrastructure investments played a critical role in this development process and have helped countries improve access to basic services, create jobs, and even shift to a more sustainable development trajectory. Yet, large infrastructure needs remain. In East Asia alone, one-quarter of the urban population lacks improved water access, sanitation, and durable housing and 170 million people lack access to electricity. PPPs are a policy option available to governments to improve the provision of basic services with involvement from the private sector and are thus an alternative to traditional full public provision of those services.

This five-day course-based training program, in collaboration between ADBI and CEFEB from 3 to 7 February, has been designed to improve the capacities of civil servants in designing, implementing and managing public private partnership programs and projects. This program takes into consideration the unique challenges faced by Asian countries and will feature the experience of Europe in PPP infrastructure reform, regulation and finance. This program aims to provide Asian infrastructures managers, planners, and practitioners with perspectives, tools, frameworks, and key concepts on PPP in infrastructure development, and to strengthen their competencies to develop and implement functional and strategic PPP programs and projects.

The course will cover the following topics:

  • Institutional, economic, legal and contractual aspects of PPP
  • Preparation of a PPP project: the range of options for concluding a PPP contract, procurement process and practice
  • Key long term risks and opportunities
  • The donor point of view
  • Financial and regulatory framework of PPP
  • Technical tour of a PPP project in Tokyo

Objectives

  • Improve capacities of civil servants in designing, implementing and managing PPP programs and projects;
  • Feature the experience of Europe in PPP infrastructure reform, regulation and finance;
  • Strengthen competence of Asian infrastructure managers, planners, and practitioners to develop and implement functional and strategic PPP programs and projects.

Outputs

  • Deepen the understanding of the role of PPP in infrastructure;
  • Create a space to discuss and to share experiences;
  • Create a network of colleagues from different countries to share ideas and innovation, and improve participant's capacity to make choices and decisions regarding PPP infrastructure development;
  • Presentation materials and summary of proceedings to be uploaded to the ADBI website.

Participants

Senior government officials in charge of PPP infrastructure projects for selected Asian countries, members of ADBI advisory council, and ADB staff members: approximately 25.

How to register

By invitation only.

Language

English

Responsibilities

Actively participate in discussions and share views and experiences with others.

Partners

  • Centre d'Etude Financiere Economique et Bancaire (CEFEB) of Agence Francaise de Developpement (AFD)
  • Asian Development Bank (ADB)