Pacific PPP roundtable set to start next week

29/03/2012

More than 60 private sector representatives, national and local government officials, development partners and members of the civil society from around the Pacific will gather in Nadi next week for the Regional Roundtable on Promoting Public Private Partnerships (PPPs) for Local Economic Development in the Pacific.<!--more-->

The Roundtable is organised by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) through the Pacific Centre in partnership with the Commonwealth Local Government Forum, the Pacific Islands Private Sector Organisation and the Pacific Leadership Programme.

A platform for dialogue between the private and public sectors to promote local economic development is the expected outcome of the deliberations. 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 as a potential modality for local economic development (LED) and explore how it can be adopted to local contexts in the Pacific.

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 about potential investment opportunities in local economic development and service delivery sectors.

Representatives from Fiji, Kiribati, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu will participate in the meet.

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