Study tours are an excellent tool for sharing best practices in public-private partnerships (PPPs): participants have the opportunity to talk to people who have faced similar challenges and can see the results with their own eyes.
As part of its objective to improve PPP Support Services of the MOEDT and other government agencies, P3DP sent a delegation of 15 officials to Turkey on a five-day study tour to learn about that country’s experiences with PPPs. The study tour was designed to develop their capacity to formulate effective PPP policies, evaluate proposed PPP projects, promote PPPs and support municipalities in their efforts to develop and implement PPPs.
In contrast to Ukraine, Turkey has used PPPs for decades for infrastructure and public services. The World Bank reports that in 2013, private participation in infrastructure in Turkey increased dramatically to $16.8 billion, by far the largest volume in the Eastern Europe/Central Asia region. There is much to be learned from their experience.
Participants included Roman Kachur, Deputy Minister of the MOEDT who is responsible for PPP policy at the ministerial level; the PPP Unit’s Pavlo Pakholko, Deputy Head of the MOEDT’s Department of Investments, Innovations and PPPs, two representatives from the National Projects Agency, and multiple municipal representatives from Donetsk, Luhansk, Kharkiv, Odesa and Ivano-Frankivsk regions.
During the tour, participants met representatives from government, the private sector, and developmental agencies involved in PPPs, including international development institutions; officials from the Turkish ministries of Development, Transportation, Maritime Affairs, Communications, Health, and the Turkish Investment Support and Promotion Agency; the Istanbul Development Agency and the Ankara Metropolitan Municipality. They also visited several industrial parks being operated under PPPs.
A follow-on event will take place in Kyiv focused on stimulating investment in Ukraine for the study tour participants and other interested stakeholder groups. It will continue the discussion about the approaches used by Turkey to attract investment and apply resulting experience to develop PPP projects in Ukraine, especially in healthcare, solid waste management, energy efficiency, infrastructure development, and industrial park management.