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International PPP Specialist Centres

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About International PPP Specialist Centres

Specialist Centres identify excellence, prepare the best practice guides and help governments building their capabilities to develop a successful pipeline of projects. In fulfilling these tasks, the specialist centres will be assisted by the coordinating hub at the UNECE Secretariat. It will provide support inter alia through the Business Advisory Board and the Editorial Board.

The idea is not to cover every sector in which PPPs are occurring, but to focus on some of the most important sectors. The choice of a sector should meet the following conditions.

(i) The sector selected is ‘front line’ in addressing some of today’s pressing problems, notably, greening our economies, use of technologies to fight climate change, improving access to basic public services, alleviation of poverty, etc.;

(ii)The sector selected benefits from has few, if any, previous published toolkits, or best practice guides.
In other cases, specialist centres may focus on specific sectors that constitute the core challenges countries face in taking PPPs forward. These challenges include, for example, the legislation, financing, and institutional requirements for undertaking PPP.

The specialist centres will:
•    Conduct research within the sector;
•    Develop and disseminate PPP best practice in the sector;
•    Develop sector specific capability development strategies for governments;
•    Provide specialised training in PPP.

How to become an International PPP Specialist Centre?

A.    Some Simple Steps a Country Needs to Take to Become a Specialist Centre

1.    Identify the proposed sector for PPP Specialist Centre;

2.    Identify the proposed host organization for the PPP Specialist Centre (a public sector or quasi-public sector body operating in the sector that has the authority to host a PPP Specialist Centre);

3.    Seek endorsement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs;

4.    Identify the contact person who will assume responsibility and will be the contact person for submitting expression of interest to the UNECE PPP Secretariat;

5.    Submit expression of interest to the UNECE PPP Secretariat (including information on the sector, host organisation, description how the host organisation will deliver the functions of the PPP Specialist Centre, preliminary schedule, personnel, budget and funding).

B.    Expression of Interest

Countries interested in establishing a PPP Specialist Centre are requested to implement the following steps:

1.    Country (government, proposed host organization, or an agent acting on behalf of that host organization), submits a written Expression of Interest (EOI) to the UNECE Secretariat addressed to the UNECE Executive Secretary;

2.    The UNECE Secretariat reviews and prepares a note upon the EOI submission that assesses the relevance, impact, and viability for the proposed PPP Specialist Centre;

3.    When/ if approved, the UNECE Secretariat sends a letter of acceptance to the EOI applicant that clearly defines the sector and scope of the proposed PPP Specialist Centre;

4.    Without this formal letter of endorsement, no individual, organization or country may approach public or private sector entities (other than the proposed host organization) on behalf of the UNECE International PPP Centre of Excellence in regards to seeking support for establishing a PPP Specialist Centre;

5.    UNECE and the hosting organisation of the Specialist Centre sign a memorandum of understanding and a funding agreement for a period of 3 years.

Status of the International PPP Specialist Centres


Location and host organization



Focal Point

PPP in Health

Philippines, Department of Health

MoU signed


Celso Manangan

PPP in CIS countries

Russian Federation, the Financial University

Agreement/ exchange of letters


Kirill Malutin



Expression of Interest with letter of intent


Marc Frilet

ICT/ broadband

Azerbaijan, Ministry of Communication and Information Technologies

Expression of Interest


Nariman Hajiyev

Flood Control


Expression of Interest

PPP Government

Helena Hernandez

Flood Control


Expression of Interest

PPP Government

Helena Hernandez

Green PPP

Republic of Korea, Korea Development Institute

Expression of Interest


Jungwook Kim

PPP in renewable energy

Morocco, Agence Nationale pour le Développement des Energies Renouvelables et de l’Efficacité Energétique

Expression of Interest


Sonia Mezzour

Water and Waste Water

UNECE, Switzerland

Expression of Interest


Katia Adamo

Regional development

Russian Federation, National Research University – Higher School of Economics

Expression of Interest/ MoU ready to be signed


Vladimir Korolev



Expression of Interest

Partnerschaften Deutschland

Bernhard Mueller

Smart cities

Spain, IESE Business School, University of Navarra

Expression of Interest


Lluis Torrens,

Joan Enric Ricart,

Eva Bufi

Islamic Finance

United Arab Emirates

Expression of Interest


Abdallah Al Dardari

Small Scale Economies

Aruba, PPP Knowledge Centre Aruba

Agreement / exchange of letters

Aruban government

Marcelle van Valkenburg,

Isella Wernet



Expression of Interest


Turker Yondem


Green font: Specialist Centres established
Purple font: Specialist Centres in the pipeline
Brown font: Specialist Centres under initial consideration

Map of the International PPP Specialist Centres

Editorial Board

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International PPP Specialist Centre on Health, Manila, The Philippines

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Signing ceremony establishing the International PPP Specialist Centre on Health in the Philippines, Dr. Enrique T. Ona (on the left), Sven Alkalaj (on the right);
[the signed Memorandum]
Memorandum of Understanding between the Department of Health of the republic of the Philippines and the United Nationa Economic Commission for Europe
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On 22 November 2012, Sven Alkalaj, United Nations Under-Secretary-General and UNECE Executive Secretary, and Dr. Enrique T. Ona, Secretary of Health of the Philippines, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) establishing the International PPP Specialist Centre on Health in the Philippines. The National Kidney and Transplant Institute (NKTI), will host the Specialist Centre. The initiative is fully supported by the President of the Philippines Benigno S. Aquino III.

The Specialist Centre on Health is charged with the major task to identify best practice in PPP in health. By realising this mission, the Centre will become the global and focal centre on PPP in health sector internationally. The Philippines will benefit from this as well when shaping its own PPP programme for the health sector. The Centre will also help to train government officials in the new skills required to do PPP in the health sector, such as project management and private financing, which most governments lack.


January 2011
Meeting and discussion between UNECE and Philippine Government on the proposed International Centre of Excellence in PPP on Health. The meeting was held in Manila, the Philippines.

April 2011
Third Session of the Team of Specialists on PPP held in Geneva, Switzerland, wherein the Philippine Government confirmed its interest in setting up the International Specialist Centre in PPP on Health.

October 2012
Launching of the International Specialist Centre in PPP on Health during the “PPP in Health Manila 2012” held at the Asian Development Bank Headquarters, Manila, the Philippines.

November 2012
Signing of the Memorandum of Understanding between the UNECE represented by Mr. Sven Alkalaj and the Philippine Government represented by Honorable Enrique T. Ona, Secretary of Health, held at the National Kidney and Transplant Institute, Manila, the Philippines. UNECE Weekly No. 505

May 2013
Proposed signing of the Contribution Agreement in the UNECE during the World Health Assembly in Geneva, Switzerland (20-28 May, 2013)

Example of Excellence in Health in the Philippines
National Kidney and Transplant Institute (NKTI): Hemodialysis Center Project
The NKTI has already introduced a successful PPP project. PPP emerged as a solution to the scarcity of funds to furnish the hospital with state-of-the-art machines for patients suffering from end-stage renal disease. The project was undertaken through a long term team lease arrangement (build-operate-transfer) with a private partner so that new and modern equipment can be acquired and housed under a new centre.

Work Plan- Establish a community of PPP experiences in health
- Undertake analysis in group of countries (Indonesia, Japan, China, Hong Kong, Singapore, Republic of Korea, Malaysia etc.)

Contact Details

For more information, please contact with the following:

Department of Health
San Lazaro Compound
Sta. Cruz, 1003 Manila PHILIPPINES

Telephone Nos.: +(632) 743.8301 pto 23; 743.6393; 711.9502 pto 03
Fax No.: +(632) 743.1829
Email Address:  info[at]doh.gov.ph; etona[at]co.doh.gov.ph
Website:  http://www.doh.gov.ph

Undersecretary and Chairman, PPP Task Force
Department of Health
San Lazaro Compound
Sta. Cruz, 1003 Manila PHILIPPINES

Telephone Nos.: +(632) 743.8301 pto 23
Fax No.: +(632) 743.1829; 981.0300, ext. 3463
Email Address: info[at]doh.gov.ph; ted.herbosa[at]gmail.com
Website:  http://www.doh.gov.ph

Project Director
International Specialist Centre in PPP on Health
3rd Floor, National Kidney and Transplant Institute Diagnostic Centre
East Avenue, 1001 Quezon City PHILIPPINES

Telephone Nos.: +(632) 9810300, ext. 3463
Mobile No.: +(63) 09062621156
Fax No.: +(632) 9810300, ext. 3463
Email Address:  celso.manangan[at]gmail.com; celso_c_manangan[at]yahoo.com.ph