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Public-private partnership aspects were discussed during the International conference in Minsk

Public-private partnership aspects were discussed during the International conference in MinskMore than 150 representatives of governmental agencies, regional government bodies, private sector, business associations and unions of entrepreneurs, banks and financial institutions, academic circles, and public organizations took part in the conference ”Public-Private Partnership: Best International Practices and Perspectives for the Republic of Belarus”, which took place in Minsk on October 18.

Speaking at the Conference opening, Sanaka Samarasinha, the UN Resident Coordinator/UNDP Resident Representative in Belarus, stressed the significance of public-private partnership (PPP): “In today’s global world, conventional boundaries between what is seen as public versus private responsibilities have become increasingly blurred. The most pressing social and developmental challenges (like infrastructure development, environmental protection, mitigation of climate change, disease prevention, better health care, etc.) have gone far beyond the capacity of just one sector. Government, private sector or civil society cannot tackle them on their own. Therefore, partnerships are viewed as an effective solution to address the existing and newly appearing challenges together for the benefit of the country’s population and delivery of better quality services to the public.”

In his welcome address the Minister of Economy Nikolai Snopkov, mentioned that the necessary regulatory background for the advance of public-private partnership is being developed in Belarus; he also pointed out that the National Assessment report for the introduction of the PPP mechanism had been carried out and the draft law on PPP had been prepared. “We are only at the starting point, but I am sure, we shall be able to achieve the expected results by means of close cooperation, personal participation and with the understanding of the need and efficiency of the PPP instrument and its relevant introduction into Belarusian practices,” the Minister said.

Head of the EU Delegation to Belarus, Maira Mora, suggested a wider implementation of other countries’ practices, which have already introduced the PPP mechanism along with the respective legislation.

First Deputy Head of the Central Office of the Council of Ministers of Belarus, Head of the Secretariat of the Prime Minister Alexander Zaborovsky read out the welcome address of the Prime Minister of the Republic of Belarus, Mikhail Myasnikovich, to the Conference participants. “The development of effective institutions of public-private partnership is one of the key conditions for the enhancement of investments and innovations, raising the competitive level of the country, infrastructure development and successful foreign policy generation,” states the Prime Minister’s address. In his opinion, the conference will contribute significantly to the creation of this important economic institution in our country. Presidential Aide on Economic Affairs, Kiryll Rudy, mentioned in his turn the ongoing application of international PPP best practices as a crucial instrument in securing investments and improving the cooperation between the State and business. However, only occasional attempts have been made so far in resorting to PPP, for instance, the construction of a hospital in Minsk.

International experts in public-private partnership from Switzerland, the USA, Germany, Great Britain, and Ukraine made presentations pertaining to the essence of the PPP mechanism, the role of National PPP Centers, and the best international legislative practices; they also cited examples of PPP projects implemented at the construction of roads, hospitals, hydroelectric power stations, recycling domestic waste, lighting the streets in such countries as the USA, Ireland, Canada, China, and the Philippines.

The experts regard this partnership as a prerequisite for a successful social and economic development. “No matter how hard it may appear to change the established system in the relations between business and the State, this must be done anyway. No state can resolve all financial problems and fill in infrastructural gaps relying solely on the budget,” noted Arthur Smith, President of the USA National Council on public-private partnership.

The Conference was organized within the framework of a joint project between EU/UNDP and the Ministry of Economy “Capacity Development to Support the Implementation of Public Private Partnership (PPP) in Belarus.” The Project is being co-financed by the EU and implemented with the engagement of the UNECE expertise.

For further information, please contact the project Event Manager Sviatlana Sous, tel.: + 375 17 263 43 37, 375 29 345 96 46, e-mail: .

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