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UNECE and China team up to foster People-first PPPs

China has experienced rapid urbanization over the past decades; it is now actively exploring a number of specifics to develop its cities in a sustainable way. The 13th Five Year Plan of China also emphasized the need to promote new urbanization. In the past 20 years, China has widely applied Public-Private Partnerships (PPP) models in municipal roads, sewage and garbage disposal, urban metro transportation, ecology and underground facilities, reconstruction of shanty town and dilapidated building, parking lots, sponge city, smart city, social business and public services. Chinese government and private sectors are also positively searching for better PPP models and frameworks, in order to promote the “People-first” principles and to achieve the goals of sustainable development.

As a follow-up to the MoU signed earlier this year, a PPP Forum is organized in Qingdao, China, on 21 -22 June by TUPPP Tsinghua Specialist Centre, under the auspices of UNECE and the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) of China. The forum will explore new strategies that comply with People-first PPPs to accelerate the sustainable urbanization and development in China.

During the forum, international and local experts will share their practical experience and professional knowledge on PPP models, with a focus on China’s urbanization. The forum is also attempting to find solutions for the current problems in Chinese PPP projects, as well as the urbanization process itself.