ESCAP is committed to accelerating the application of public-private partnerships (PPP) to assist member States in alleviating public fiscal constraint and boost social and economic infrastructure resilience through the Infrastructure Financing and Public-Private Partnership Network of Asia and the Pacific. In this regard, ESCAP is organizing a series of thematic capacity-building workshops to provide technical support from industry experts and increase the operational capacity of member States PPP units on practical issues related to PPP project implementation, including developing an enabling environment, preparing viable PPP projects and mobilizing private financing.
The recently concluded Fourth Meeting of the Network, held virtually on 15 October 2020, highlighted the socioeconomic impact presented by COVID-19 on infrastructure project across several sectors, such as transport, energy, utilities and communications, in the region. As governments struggle to address the immediate health crisis, there is an emerging need to accelerate private-sector engagement through PPP to supplement already scarce resources and deliver improved public services and economic recovery through infrastructure that could respond to the current pandemic and future natural disasters.
Based upon the interests and suggestions raised by the member States during the fourth meeting of the Network, ESCAP is organizing this thematic workshop to provide the member States with technical support to address practical challenges faced during PPP project implementation as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The workshop will invite PPP experts to introduce project case studies to discuss possible solutions and best practices through tailored training and in-depth interactions.