High-level Expert Group Meeting on Infrastructure Public-Private Partnerships for Sustainable Development
11 and 12 November 2012
Tehran, Islamic Republic of Iran
The demand for infrastructure in the Asia Pacific region remains strong as countries plan to be competitive and accommodate growing population. The magnitude of investment needed is enormous and funding the multitude of projects required in emerging markets is an important challenge for governments and the financial sector. In its “Seamless Asia” study, the Asian Development Bank, for example, estimated that the region’s member countries will need to invest US$ 8 trillion in the 10-year period to 2020.
The recognition that funding requirements of this scale cannot be raised entirely from public budgets is encouraging governments to utilize the private sector’s ability to contribute to the provision, operation and maintenance of infrastructure. However, the process of forging cooperation and developing partnerships between public and private sectors is subject to the establishment of adequate regulatory, legislative and governance measures as well as clear understanding of the roles of all entities under the partnership.
To review the ongoing process taking place in member countries and share experiences in the establishment of Public Private Partnership, the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) is organizing a high-level Expert Group Meeting in Tehran, Islamic Republic of Iran, on 11 and 12 November 2012.
Programme of the meeting
The High-level Expert Group Meeting will be followed by a Business forum (13 November 2012) and the third Asia-Pacific Ministerial Conference on Public-Private Partnership for Infrastructure Development (14 November 2012). Both events are being organized by the Government of the Islamic Republic of Iran, with the support of ESCAP. Click below for more details.