The Public Private Partnership (PPP) Office organized a Workshop on “Sharing PPP Experiences” at a city hotel on 15 January 2013. The objective of the workshop was to sensitize the PPP stakeholders on the progress in developing the PPP Program in Bangladesh. The workshop also aimed to share international best practice on key enablers for delivering a successful PPP Program.
Mr. Fazle Kabir, Secretary, Ministry of Finance, was present as the chief guest and Mr. Syed Afsor H. Uddin, CEO, PPP Office, Prime Minister's Office attended as special guest in the workshop. Mr. Md. Abul Quasem, Deputy Governor, Bangladesh Bank chaired the sessions during the event. Ms. Husneara Shikha, Deputy Project Director, IPFF Cell and Joint Director of Bangladesh Bank provided the welcome address in the workshop. The keynote speech was delivered by Professor Graeme Hodge, Centre for Regulatory Studies, Faculty of Law, Monash University, Australia
Two presentations were delivered in the workshop. Mr. Abul Bashar, Deputy Manager of PPP Office, in his presentation provided the details of the PPP activities that have been delivered so far in the country. He particularly focused on GoB's PPP Vision and the recent PPP momentum in the country in attaining the vision. The PPP processes and institutional framework established and a brief description and status update of the projects in the PPP pipeline were set out. Mr. Bashar particularly stressed the fact that Executing Agencies are the main drivers in promoting PPP in the country and they need to champion the initiative in order to enable success.
The keynote speech and presentation was delivered by Professor Graeme Hodge. In his presentation on “Upgrading Public Sector Capacity for Delivering PPP Projects”, Mr. Hodge mentioned about basics of PPP fundamentals and provided Australian and UK experience of PPPs and integrated them with the present Bangladesh scenario. Providing an emphasis on the importance of improving governance, Professor Hodge stated that systems need to be encouraged with transparency, openness and accountability and institutions strengthened to uphold the rule of law.
The presentation was followed by a question and answer session where the presenters responded to a number of issues raised by the participants providing reference to various examples and case studies.