After three years of developing PPPs in Ukraine using a participatory approach, P3DP has become a valuable partner to IFC, the World Bank, the European Union, and other international institutions seeking a role for the private sector in their own projects. P3DP’s ongoing work with the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade has given us unequaled depth of experience in PPP policy and legislative issues. Our collaborative approach and strategic communications skills help P3DP leverage its experience with that of other developmental institutions to maximize the impact of our work. This helps Ukraine lay the foundation for a strong economy and build transparent, democratic institutions necessary for long-term prosperity.
In recent months, P3DP has been approached by numerous organizations to collaborate on PPP-related issues, including policy, legislation, and investment projects:
- IFC, the private sector arm of the World Bank Group, requested P3DP’s support on legislative review of the road concession law related to a multi-year, multi-million dollar transportation project;
- Mick Mullay was invited to speak at a conference in Poland conference along with IFC, EBRD and other institutions about the PPP environment in Ukraine and how PPPs contribute to the change in procurement culture in a historically difficult business environment;
- P3DP’s Ruslan Kundryk was invited to lead a discussion on P3DP’s recommendations for changing the PPP law at the American Chamber of Commerce, an event attended by senior government officials and private sector investors;
- The World Bank invited P3DP to participate in a workshop on solid waste management in Ukraine. P3DP’s work on two solid waste management projects and familiarity with related legislation enabled us to make valuable contributions to the discussion;
- The European Union invited P3DP to talk about the possible role of PPPs in tourism development in Crimea, drawing from its experience implementing PPPs there.
P3DP approach has made it the partner of choice for any work involving PPPs in Ukraine. By integrating our work, collaborating with government, the private sector, NGOs and other developmental institutions, we expect to leave a lasting mark on Ukraine’s development.
Governor Mykhailo Vyshyvaniuk of the Ivano-Frankivsk Region visited Vinnytsia this week for a first-hand look at P3DP’s pilot PPP landfill biogas extraction project. The project aims to generate power from landfill gas at a municipal landfill. The energy produced will reduce the need for power from more polluting sources, reducing carbon emissions by an estimated 20,000 tons and increasing Ukraine’s energy independence.
This municipal cross-learning study tour is an excellent example of how P3DP facilitates knowledge sharing on the role of PPPs in energy efficiency and renewable energy in Ukraine. P3DP’s Tatiana Korotka, Nelia Makary, and Alexandra Chalaya facilitated the event.
The idea for the study tour came up in September, when the Governor visited P3DP’s offices in Kyiv to discuss a biogas extraction project in Ivano-Frankivsk. P3DP-supported tests indicated that there are sufficient gas emissions at a municipal landfill in Ivano-Frankivsk to generate electricity. Under a PPP, the city plans construct power lines from the site to the grid and enter into a PPP with a private operator to build and operate a power generating facility. The total investment could reach $3 million and generate 10 new jobs.
P3DP, as transaction advisor to both projects, presented key topics during the visit. These included information on best-practices in landfill management, including biogas extraction; social, economic, financial, and legal implications of the project, and environmental issues such as the Kyoto Protocol, green tariffs, energy-efficiency and related taxes. The roles and responsibilities of private operators in such PPPs were also discussed.
USAID Field Days in Simferopol
P3DP participated in the annual Technical Assistance Donors’ Forum, organized by Ministry of Economic Development and Trade (MOEDT) of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea (ARC).
The goal of the forum was to review the results of ARC’s and International Donors’ cooperation during the past year, present ongoing efforts, and introduce new initiatives and directions. Participants included EU Delegation to Ukraine, UN/ UNDP, U.S. Embassy/USAID, Germany, Turkey, Canada, the United Kingdom, Switzerland, Poland, and the Netherlands.
A consistent theme in presentations and discussions was that the level of available financing from the Ukrainian government, ARC and international donors for improvement of municipal and social services will continue to diminish in future years, and that cities need to develop the capacity to fill this gap through Public Private Partnerships. Great interest was expressed in P3DP activities and programs.
P3DP and USAID co-sponsored the second annual Speed Uppp Ukraine conference held on April 11-12. 2013. The international forum promoted PPPs to finance infrastructure and public services in the country.