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UNECE and China to cooperate to help countries participating in the “One Belt One Road” initiative to implement PPP projects


21 December 2016

The potential synergies between the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and China's “One Belt One Road” (OBOR) Initiative were at the centre of the discussions between senior officials from the UNECE Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) programme and China’s National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) last week in Beijing.


The two sides recognized that central to the implementation of both agendas are “people first” PPPs - a new generation of PPPs going beyond simply financial criteria and stressing social and environmental sustainability -, as well as the need to increase the sustainability of projects by building the capacity of governments, improving project governance and engaging a wider range of stakeholders.


They agreed to strengthen their cooperation in the promotion of people first PPPs by developing a joint action plan to help UNECE member States to implement people first PPPs related to the OBOR initiative and for the SDGs. Such a plan will build capacity to promote priority projects, develop pilot projects and improve the enabling environment.


Under “One Belt One Road”, USD 900 billion has already either been disbursed or committed to infrastructure projects in Europe, Africa and Asia, according to the China Development Bank. The initiative could eventfully reach up to as much as USD 3 trillion in investments over the coming decades. It could thus provide major business opportunities, for both Chinese companies and companies from UNECE countries in construction, transport, energy, social and municipal services, amongst others. 


"We would like to deepen our cooperation with UNECE to also include PPP training and capacity-building for countries along the OBOR route in Asia and Europe," said Mr. Zhifeng Han, Deputy Director of NDRC’s Investment Department.   


Mr. James Stewart, chairman of the UNECE PPP Business Advisory Board (BAB), recalled the success of a PPP support programme for Belarus carried out by the BAB and its members in close cooperation with the host Government.  This programme, which included actual projects funded by the EBRD and improvements in PPP legislation, could offer a model for similar cooperation under the OBOR initiative. On OBOR itself, he said: "this initiative is a 'win-win' for China and the OBOR participating states and we all need to sit up and take notice".

For more information, please contact: Ms. Yu Jiangrong.

Note to editors 

UNECE and the NDRC signed a Memorandum of Understanding in January 2016 to facilitate the efficient use of PPPs in support of the “One Belt One Road” initiative.

The UNECE PPP programme prepares international standards for the SDGs, and works closely with the multilateral banks, notably the World Bank.

The UNECE PPP Business Advisory Board helps to develop these and assists countries to implement them.

People first PPPs

The concept of “people first” PPPs has been coined by UNECE to describe the type of project models that will be required to meet the SDGs. There are five criteria by which projects can be called “people first”, notably, increasing access and social equity; cutting carbon emissions and making infrastructure more resilient to climate change; training local staff and governments thereby ensuring replicability; high economic impact and transformation; and engagement with stakeholders.

 

UNECE becomes one of the Partners of the World Bank’s PPP Knowledge Lab

6 December 2016

Achieving the ambitious targets of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development will require a revitalized and enhanced global partnership that brings together Governments, civil society, the private sector, the United Nations system and other actors.

Public-private partnerships (PPPs) will have a major role to play in helping mobilizing the massive investments needed. With the highest priority given to ‘innovative partnerships’, the need for access to high-quality information and best practices on the applicability of PPP models in various sectors and regions is higher than ever. The work of the multilateral development banks in developing knowledge on PPPs has been extremely impressive. The knowledge collected on PPPs covers, for example, the best practices surrounding the legal and regulatory frameworks.

UNECE’s PPP Programme aims to become a global leader within the UN system in PPPs for the 2030 Development Agenda, based upon the development of international standards, guidelines and best practices and related implementation support. However, it is imperative not to reinvent the wheel and consolidate high quality materials and analysis on PPPs in one platform accessible by everyone and everywhere around the world

UNECE is therefore pleased to announce that it is joining as Partner the World Bank’s PPP Knowledge Lab - a one-stop source for knowledge products on PPPs that assures their high quality and completeness. The PPP Knowledge Lab is a collaborative initiative of various multilateral development banks, supported and developed by the African Development Bank (AfDB), the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), the Inter-American Development Bank’s Multilateral Investment Fund (FOMIN), the Islamic Development Bank (IDB), the Public-Private Infrastructure Advisory Facility (PPIAF) and the World Bank Group.

UNECE believes that this global platform supported by many multilateral development banks and now by the United Nations will grow even stronger and will be utilized by various constituencies around the world.

Transformation of the Team of Specialists on Public-Private Partnerships (TOS PPP) into a Working Party

18 November 2016
In recognition of the new focus on the elaboration of people-first PPP standards for the UN SDGs, the member States have agreed to upgrade the intergovernmental structure to a Working Party on Public-Private Partnerships with the involvement of all UN Member States and other key stakeholders, including representatives from international organisations, civil society and the private sector.

The Executive Committee (ExCom) decided to transform the Team of Specialists on Public-Private Partnerships (TOS PPP) into a Working Party at its meeting on Friday, 18 November. Below please find the text of the ExCom decision:

          EXCOM approves the establishment of the Working Party on Public-Private Partnerships and its terms of reference, as contained in document ECE/CECI/2016/6, Annex, to replace the Team of Specialists on Public-Private Partnerships as of its first session to be held in 2017.

          To ensure continuity, EXCOM recommends to the Working Party on Public-Private Partnerships to consider electing as its Bureau the members of the Bureau of the Team of Specialists on Public-Private Partnerships that were elected in October 2016.



The secretariat considers this decision by the ExCom as an endorsement by the member States at the highest level of the PPP work on standards and their implementation in countries.

UNECE ICoE announces Draft Standard for "Grid-Connected Renewable Energy in Emerging Markets and Developing Economies" for Public Review


7 November 2016
The UNECE International Public-Private Partnerships Centre of Excellence is pleased to announce the opening of the Public Review period of the Draft Standard for Grid-Connected Renewable Energy in Emerging Markets and Developing Economies. This project aims to provide guidance to governments and private sector to encourage use of renewable energy sources, and they are looking to different financing, legal and commercial frameworks to leverage private capital, especially through the use of PPPs, to support the deployment of these renewable energy sources.

The 60 days Public Review period will end on 7 January 2017.

The Public Draft text is available on the Project Team website.

Any comments should be submitted to the UNECE PPP Secretariat and the Team Leader Ms. Ana-Katarina Hajduka, using the comments template.

UNECE ICoE announces Draft Standard on "Zero Tolerance Approach to Corruption in ‘People-First’ PPP Procurement" for Public Review

31 October 2016
The UNECE International Centre of Excellence on Public-Private Partnerships is pleased to announce the opening of the Public Review period for the Zero Tolerance Approach to Corruption in ‘People-First’ PPP Procurement standard project. This project aims to provide guidance to governments and private sector to make a strong commitment to transparency and integrity, and a plan to fight corruption.

The 60 days Public Review period will end on 31 December 2016.

The Public Draft text is available on the Project Team website.

Any comments should be submitted to the UNECE PPP Secretariat at ppp@unece.org, using the comment template.

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