Advanced Seminar on Public Private Partnership
In 2014 ReSPA has launched the PPP network nowadays called expert Working Group after successful implementation of PPP training program started in 2011. Last year ReSPA has organized two PPP expert WG meetings – the first took a place at ReSPA in Danilovgrad (23 – 24 June 2014) and the second took place in Luxembourg (19-20 November 2014) once the capacity needs assessment has been made specifically addressing all imporyant aspects of the PPP. The outputs of the latter activity have been advanved by the recommendartions and lessons learns in subject obtained from European PPP Expertise Centre (EPEC) and JASPERS (Joint Assistance to Support Projects in European Regions).
During second half of 2015 ReSPA has conducted online survey on the topics and issues to be addressed in domain of PPP thematic area. The outcomes of the survey revealed the following facts:
- The majority of institutions responsible for PPP development in the WB countries do not provide any trainings on PPP issues (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia), while trainings are provided in Kosovo1 only;
- The majority of respondents has recognised that capacity building via trainings is the best tool which can be used by ReSPA to bridge a gap of necessary PPP competencies in WB;
- The respondents suggested the following topics as the most relevant to focus on: determining affordability of the local and regional government for PPP projects; risk identification and valuation techniques; risk prevention and management; fiscal risk management and mitigation tools; structure of pre-feasibility and feasibility study including cost&benefit analysis; best practice in PPP management; selection decisions on PPP model for implementation of public investment projects; financing PPPs; utilizing PPP readiness tool developed by EPEC; analysing case studies of particular sectors (roads, environmental protection, etc.)
To increase the exposure of PPP public stakeholders to the practicalities of PPP projects ReSPA launched development of the regional study “Comparative analysis of lessons learned from recent development in implementation of PPP projects in Western Balkans region” (hereinafter referred to as the “Regional study”). Representative data on operational PPP contracts as well as PPP projects in tender phase has been collected by appointed national experts in each WB country. Intermediary findings and recommendations of the Regional study has identified the major gaps in PPP project cycle management (project preparation, assessment, procurement, implementation and monitoring). The regulatory framework is of good quality where exists, however, the enforcement of the law and standards application is not at the high level. Besides, in several countries the legal framework is not yet established (Bosnia and Herzegovina and Montenegro). Further, the institutional set-up is not completely functional and the coordination mechanism is not well established. Key PPP institutions are understaffed lacking both human and financial resources as well as technical assistance to issue guidance and manuals. The Regional study has proven the training needs and introduced lessons learned of PPP projects in WB region to be used to enhance training programme.
Results of the latter ReSPA activities have proved that it is reasonable to further facilitate competence building activities and deliver comprehensive training programme for representatives of PPP network.
The main objective of the planned ReSPA activity is to stimulate and enhance the overall PPP capacity in WB region through delivering comprehensive training programme for representatives of PPP network.
In light of the above, ReSPA intends to implement 3 day training programme structured for the advanced level of knowledge in PPP to further strengthen institutional capacity of WB countries.
Seminarprogramme is designed to achieve the following objectives:
o To enhance capability of institutions responsible for PPP to carry out their tasks in designing and implementing PPP projects efficiently;
o To increase exposure of representatives of PPP network to the lessons learned from the PPP projects implemented in WB region;
o To increase PPP related competencies with the project oriented know-how;
o To maintain the continuous learning process for PPP practitioners.
The specific objectives of the seminar are as follows:
o To facilitate proliferation of PPP competencies across WB countries;
o To enhance networking of PPP trainers in WB region.
Seminar is designed to address the explicitly expressed training needs. The event agenda address 8 of 12 main PPP competencies.
This 3 days seminar is designed for 3 practitioners per country coming from public administration responsible for investments planning and policy of public service delivery, for development and implementation of PPP projects as well as other practitioners responsible for public procurement and protection of rights in public procurement procedure. It isdesirable to have the representatives of the line ministries who are contracting authorities in procuring public infrastructure and services as participants to benefit from getting acquainted with the PPP principles and differences from traditional public procurement
In addition, the group of PPP practitioners needs to be extended with one representative of the national training institutions to participate in discussion on introducing PPP/PP training program in their respective countries together with ReSPA. It should be of benefit to them by familiarising with the PPP model for developing future PPP training program and understanding the specific needs of the various target groups.
As stated above three participants per country will be offered to take part in the seminar composed of one coming from National Training Institutions and two from related PA institutions (please see the description from above including text in the footnote).
Programme of the seminar is designed to be opened to analysis and feedback, both from the facilitators and their co-participants.
The training will be delivered by utilizing variety of training methods:
• Presentations and lecture,
• Structured group discussion and practical exercises,
• Review of case studies,
• Group assignment,
• Individual assignments,
• Feedback on the participants’ performance,
• Repetition/revision of acquired knowledge.