National and international consultants have been recruited and mobilized. Planning of implementation was led by the implementing agency in close cooperation with consultants nearing the completion of their engagement under 'Public-Private Partnership Development' (TA 7577-MON).
The TA supported a successful public-private partnership (PPP) workshop on 15 May 2013. It was attended by around 50 participants from central and line agencies of the national government, Ulaan Bataar (UB) Municipal Government, and representatives of the finance sector and the media. It provided a good opportunity to discuss core issues facing PPPs and to understand the priorities and capacity of government agencies. Consensus was evident on the potential of PPPs and recognition they bring with them new challenges.
The Mongolian version of the PPP Manual was launched on 19 February 2014.
PPP Partners's meeting supported by the TA were held in Ulaanbaatar on 21 February 2014, 26 September 2014, and 17 March 2015.
Project-related activities had been deferred pending Cabinet's approval of a revised concession list. The list was approved in early 2014 and project-related activities are now commencing. The initial focus was on education and health PPPs.
The first education PPPs were signed in February 2015, with the TA providing background support for project preparation. The PPPs will cover 72 kindergarten and primary school complexes in Ulaanbaatar, 30 of which are to start construction in 2015 with the remaining 42 to start construction in 2016. The private partner will be responsible for financing, construction, maintenance, and the installation and maintenance of most equipment (e.g., desks and chairs, information technology) and some support services (e.g., cleaning, security). The projects can be thought of as build-transfer-lease type PPPs.
The TA has played an active role in the assessment of required improvements to the legal and regulatory environment, including improvements to Mongolia's 2010 Concession Law, and the development of capacity in PPPs.
Parliament ministers and PPP staff participated in an international worskhop in Korea in February 2015, organized by ADB and the PIMAC PPP unit, Korea. The study tour helped build awareness among key decisions makers of the changes required to strengthen the enabling environment for PPPs.
Arrangements were agreed with Investment Mongolia on the final stages of TA implementation. The remaining uncommitted TA funds to be used to provide upstream advisory support for concessions nearing completion and for revisions to the 2010 Law on Concessions. The final TA deliverables (e.g., knowledge products) are in preparation.