Forum Dialogues on Public Private Partnerships in Ethiopia
State Minister of Education H.E. Dr. Kaba Urgesa joined members of the private sector, academia, civil society and public sector during a highly interactive forum where participants emphasized the need for Ethiopia to have a comprehensive legal and institutional framework for Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs).
The Executive Ideas Exchange Forum on the theme Public Private Partnerships: what are the stakes for Ethiopia?, was organized on 29th May 2014 by the Addis Ababa University (AAU) Faculty of Business and Economics, Department of Management in collaboration with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).
During the discussion, UNDP Country Director, Mr. Samuel Bwalya, re-iterated that, “The legal framework is important in laying out the rules of engagement and in providing an environment conducive for private sector players to participate in sectors that have been the domain of government.”
In Ethiopia, Public Private Partnerships (PPPs) have long been presented as an alternative channel for mobilizing resources to advance Ethiopia’s service delivery and infrastructural development. The forum provided an opportunity for the participants to discuss on the status of PPPs and the stakes involved in the Ethiopian context. Presenters shared PPPs experience around the world as a vehicle for growth and development and highlighted the role that PPPs as a pillar for development policies.
State Minister Kaba Urgesa told participants that, ‘Government could provide sound regulatory environment for the private sector while private sector could contribute knowledge and ideas for investment , mobilize funding, create employment opportunities and further stimulate investment’. Deputy Secretary-General of the Ethiopian Chamber of Commerce, Mr Endalkachew Sime, underlined that the private sector is critical driver for resource mobilization and hence plays an indispensable role. He stated that the Chamber will work closely with the Government in developing a robust PPP framework for Ethiopia.
The President of Addis Ababa University Dr Admassu Tsegaye appreciated the critical role of PPPs in the national development process noting that “when PPPs succeed everyone is a winner”. The deliberations concluded with a set of concrete recommendations to advance PPPs in Ethiopia including the need to engage the academia in formulating policies on PPP, leverage on the PPPs as a complimentary model to national development funding as well as nurturing a robust private sector to boost economic growth.
UNDP provides support for private sector development in Ethiopia, particularly through its flagship programmes on entrepreneurship development and other initiatives.
The quarterly Executive Idea Exchange Forum helps to advance national discourse on poverty reduction and sustainable human development. The collaboration with the AAU is part of UNDP’s wider support to Government and other national entities to strengthen capacity for inclusive economic growth and sustainable development.