Bangkok (UN ESCAP Information Services) -- The top United Nations
official in Asia and
the Pacific is urging governments in the region to develop stronger
ties with the private
sector in order to deliver more robust public services and "social
"Efficient economic and social infrastructure and services, and
enhanced national and
regional connectivity can have a major role to play in helping
countries emerge from this
latest [financial] crisis stronger and in a better position to promote
development for all,"
Noeleen Heyzer says in remarks prepared for a ministerial conference
partnerships (PPP) for infrastructure development to be held Saturday
in Jakarta, Indonesia.
The high-level meeting is the conclusion to a four-day event that has
drawn more than 1,300
delegates – including representatives of the World Bank, MEC Holdings,
Development Bank (ADB), the Export-Import Bank of the United States,
and Intel Corporation – and nearly two dozen Ministers and Vice
Ministers from Asia-
An exhibition is also being held alongside the conference, and has
Lovells LLP, Hitachi, Grundfos, PT. Jasa Marga, Mitsui Co. Ltd., Nokia
Sumitomo Corporation, Total Indonesie, PT. Trakindo Utama, PT. Wijaya
Engineering & Co., and Siemens Indonesia among the exhibitors.
President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono of Indonesia said in his opening
address Thursday at
the "Infrastructure Asia 2010 Conference," that while infrastructure
was a top priority of the
country to support its capacity to increase global competitiveness, it
was also a key to
improving people's productivity, developing a healthy environment,
boosting the economy
and reducing poverty.
Dr. Heyzer noted in her own remarks that new drivers of growth based
intraregional trade – especially with larger markets within Asia – are
now emerging strongly
but there is a "desperate need" for more investment in capacity and
According to recent estimates, "Asia needs to invest about $750
billion per year in
infrastructure from 2010 to 2020 to meet the strong growth of
populations and economies,"
said Dr. Heyzer, United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Executive
Secretary of the
Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP).
This challenge demands a shared approach between the public and
private sector, and
including businesses is not only a way to finance projects, but more
importantly enhance the
delivery of roads, public utilities, schools and hospitals, she said.
Dr. Heyzer noted that countries of the region still faced a number of
barriers hindering the
progress of public-private partnerships in infrastructure development,
including a lack of
awareness about PPPs among government officials.
There also needs to be more effort directed towards addressing
capacity building in both the
public and private sector, and existing experience, training
institutes and universities as well
as PPP units and programmes should be deeply involved in those
activities, she said.
Well-defined governance structures that allow for an appropriate
distribution of duties and
responsibilities to all players are needed to overcome the lack of
regulatory frameworks necessary to ensure an environment conducive to
PPPs in many
developing countries of the region, she added.
"At the policy level, partnership between government and private
investor still needs to be
nurtured. Promoting policy dialogue between the public and private
sectors to identify, and
then address, barriers can promote and strengthen public-private
infrastructure development," she said.
For more information please contact:
Mr. Barry Cable
Director, ESCAP Transport Division
Mr. Mitchell Hsieh
UN ESCAP Information Services
Tel: +66-2 288-1862
Mobile: +66-81 835-8664
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