Creating local growth through PPPs


<p style="text-align: justify;">The Regional Roundtable on Promoting Public Private Partnerships (PPP) for Local Economic Development in the Pacific will take place in Nadi, Fiji from April 2-4. <!--more--></p>
<p style="text-align: justify;">Local government representatives, officials from the ministries of Finance, Planning, Local Government and Tourism, members of the private sector as well as the civil society from eight Pacific Island countries: Fiji, Kiribati, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu are expected to attend.</p>
<p style="text-align: justify;">United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) through the Pacific Centre in partnership with the Commonwealth Local Government Forum, the Pacific Islands Private Sector Organisation (PIPSO) and the Pacific Leadership Programme have organised the three-day programme.</p>
<p style="text-align: justify;">The event expects to create a platform for dialogue between the private and public sectors to promote local economic development. It will also promote partnerships between local government, the private sector and other partners to facilitate more effective local service delivery and introduce pro-poor public private partnership (PPP) as a potential modality for local economic development (LED) and explore how it can be adopted to local contexts in the Pacific.</p>
<p style="text-align: justify;">The roundtable also aims to provide a common understanding about the type of enabling environment required for PPPs with clear national frameworks, policies and regulations for an effective LED as well as generate interest amongst Pacific private sector and non-state actors such as CSOs about potential investment opportunities in local economic development and service delivery sectors.</p>
<p style="text-align: justify;">A highlight of the programme is that Pacific Islands participants will get an opportunity to learn from the experience of local economic development led through PPP in a number of countries, including Bhutan, Nepal and the Philippines.</p>
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