Pacific to Meet on Public Private Partnerships
[Suva – May 24] More than 90 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.
The Roundtable, a first of its kind for the Pacific, will explore how partnerships between the public and private sectors can lead to economic growth on a local level. Experiences from the Caribbean, New Zealand, Philippines and Nepal will be shared at the meeting.
The United Nations Resident Coordinator and the UN Development Programme (UNDP) Resident Representative for the Fiji Multi Country Office, Knut Ostby will deliver the keynote address at the three day Roundtable which starts on May 30.
The Roundtable is organized by UNDP through the Pacific Centre in partnership with the Commonwealth Local Government Forum, the Pacific Islands Private Sector Organisation and the Pacific Leadership Programme. It is expected 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 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.
Eight Pacific Island countries - Fiji, Kiribati, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu will be represented at the Roundtable.
Note to editors: The roundtable is open to the media. The agenda is attached.
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