Kyiv, November 28, 2014 - USAID Public Private Partnership Development Program and the American Chamber of Commerce in Ukraine held a meeting of the Public Private Partnership & Infrastructure Expert Center aimed at discussing Turkish experience of public private partnership projects implementation as well as feasibility of using the country’s best practices to develop appropriate mechanisms in various sectors of Ukrainian economy.
Turkey has successful experience in implementing projects of public-private partnership based on flexible public policies to support municipalities in establishing joint projects with businesses. Thus, due to using public-private partnership mechanisms by the Ministry of Health , the country has built 25 hospitals that provide 25,000 beds for in-patient treatment. As another example, the Ministry of Transportation has implemented the construction of two airports in Istanbul as well as those in Ankara and Izmir, which continue to operate under the public-private partnership. Among others – projects in urban environment restoration, construction and development of industrial parks, techno-parks, shopping complexes, pipelines as well as waste management development.
Participants of the Expert Centre also learned about the plans of the Government of Ukraine to establish conditions for investment in national infrastructure, discussed the ways of interacting among representatives of all levels of state authorities, schemes of attracting private partners, projects management models, as well as issues on improvement of legislation. The Turkish colleagues, in their turn, shared their plans to develop business in Ukraine.
“Turkey is the regional leader in using public-private partnership to include the private sector in infrastructure projects,” said Tatiana Korotka, Head of the Chamber Expert Center; Director of Professional Services, Public Private Partnership Development Program (USAID). According to Ms. Korotka, there are many valuable lessons from Turkish experience which can help Ukraine as it develops and implements its own public-private partnership projects.
The experts believe that the use of public-private partnerships will help to solve a lot of problems in various sectors of Ukraine’s economy. In addition thereto, it is a possibility to increase the value of local management in regional development.