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Public and private sector collaboration is critical to nation building, especially for developing countries, says Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Management Institute for National Development (MIND), Mrs. Ruby Brown.
“The fact is no single country or entity can build success alone,” she argued.Mrs. Brown was addressing chief technical officers, senior public service officials and private sector partners at the opening of the Public Private Partnership (PPP) executive leadership workshop on Tuesday (January 26) at MIND, Old Hope Road in Kingston.PPPs are a form of contractual arrangement aiming to achieve value for money in public procurement, improved Government service delivery as well as contribute to stronger economic growth and development.
The workshop, organised in partnership with MIND and the Governance and Institutional Development Division (GIDD) of the Commonwealth Secretariat, and endorsed by the Ministry of Finance and the Public Service, runs from January 26 to 28.
Director of Public Service Capability Development at MIND, Ann-Marie Smith, said the workshops are designed to improve knowledge and understanding of Public Private Partnerships.
They will examine a number of issues affecting PPPs, explore their feasibility and provide the enabling framework, with specificity to the Jamaican context.
Adviser and PPP workshop facilitator from the Commonwealth Secretariat, Hee Kong Yong, said a number of Governments in developing countries are examining alternative service delivery and asset creation models.
He said this stemmed from the fact that large fiscal deficits limit their capacity to meet growing infrastructure needs, and is a major challenge in efforts to improve their investment climate. Increasingly, Governments are viewing PPPs as an alternative method to procure and manage various infrastructure services.