P3DP participated in working group meeting of the Parliamentary Committee on Industrial Policy and Entrepreneurship’s regarding the draft law On Amendments to the PPP Law. Many of P3DP’s recommendations that would closer align the draft law to international best practices were considered. It is expected the final draft law will pass Committee hearings by the end of April and be registered for a vote in the Parliament during May.
P3DP participated in the IDP Shelter “Cluster” meeting organized by the Coordinating Humanitarian Center under the UN Refugee Agency. While the Cluster’s activities focus on short-term immediate needs, P3DP highlighted the importance to begin longer term planning. Participants agreed that a technical committee should be organized to develop a strategy to create a longer term framework that engages the private sector to rehabilitate or build, maintain, and manage housing facilities. P3DP plans to field experts with experience and expertise in the sector.
Ukraine’s Ministry of Justice announced that it will launch an online service to enable citizens to access business and property rights registration services. P3DP is working with the State Agency for E-Government to identify opportunities for PPPs that can help municipalities to broaden the number of e-services, increasing efficiency and reducing opportunities for corruption.
P3DP highlighted legal and policy changes needed to attract investment through PPPs into Ukraine’s solid waste management sector during the working group meeting of the Ukraine Environmental Alliance Association. GOU officials, NGOs and experts are working to create a set of key recommendations that can guide the development of a national strategy for solid waste management.
Draft Laws # 1313 and #1409 on ESCO implementation, including budget code amendments were adopted by Verkhovna Rada. P3DP provided input to their development and advocated for their adoption. These drafts introduce incentives for energy modernization through Energy Performance Contracts and long term budget commitments, which is an important consideration in implementing PPPs.
P3DP shared its experiences from the pilot PPP biofuel project in Malyn at the clean energy workshop organized by the USAID Municipal Energy Reform Project (MERP) in Kamyanets-Podilsky. P3DP presented lessons learned, challenges and key success factors of the project. About 60 people attended, including local government representatives and the Association of Ukrainian Cities.
The success of P3DP’s biomass heating PPP was presented at a roundtable on PPPs in biomass/gas projects organized by the Local Alternative Energy Solutions in Myrhorod (LAESM) Project. P3DP shared experience and lessons learned with local officials and representatives of business communities, emphasizing the benefits of PPPs and outlining the development process.
– P3DP learned that draft law #2010 On Amendments to Specific Laws on Competitiveness Conditions for Electricity Producing from Alternative Resources of Energy was registered in the Verkhovna Rada. The draft law is based on proposed legislation developed with P3DP participation in April 2014, when P3DP submitted legal recommendations on green tariff mechanisms in solid waste management. The proposed legislation improves methods of energy payment calculations for companies. The law, if passed, will facilitate launching of PPP projects in solid waste management and will greatly support efforts of P3DP in the sector.
Interest in e-Government has been growing in Ukraine as national, regional and municipal governments seek better ways to deliver government services. The e-Governance model, however, requires financing, new technology, and both technical and management skills. Not all government bodies have the tools and capabilities to implement e-Government on their own.
One solution is for the private sector to develop and provide these services in partnership with government through public-private partnerships (PPPs). A well-structured PPP transaction can lead to a win-win solution whereby the private sector finances and operates an e-Government system under a long-term agreement. Government provides oversight to ensure effective delivery of services. The public benefits by having more constructive and transparent engagement with the public sector and receiving higher quality services.
In February 2015, USAID’s Public-Private Partnership Development Program (P3DP) partnered with Ukraine’s State Agency on e-Government to introduce concepts and methods in how to engage the private sector to improve public services through e-Government. On the first day, P3DP’s e-Government expert, Emilio Bugli Innocenti, explained how PPP mechanisms and approaches could be applied to e-Government in Ukraine, providing examples from other countries in Central and Eastern Europe. This was followed by a two-day practical workshop for government representatives from the national, regional and municipal agencies tasked with introducing various e-Government services in Ukraine. They learned about best practices of other countries to attract the private sector, improve effectiveness and efficiency of services, and introduce new levels of government transparency.
The PPP in e-Government Guide, which provides an overview and rationale of e-Government, information about the role and function of PPPs in e-Government, and cases studies, was disseminated at the workshop. It can be downloaded here in English and Ukrainian.
P3DP conducted a two-day training event for management and staff of the State Agency for E-Government on alternative approaches to engage the private sector through public-private partnerships in e-government. The workshop provided practical examples of how similar countries mobilize private investment and expertise. P3DP will support efforts of the Agency and municipalities to identify viable PPP opportunities to introduce services that increase efficiency and reduce corruption.