AIM, ADEC to review, improve PPP program

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ADEC Innovations Foundation and the Asian Institute of Management (AIM) have forged an agreement to do case research and studies and working papers on improving the country’s public-private partnership (PPP) program.

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The memorandum of understanding (MOU) signed late Wednesday covers the setting up of a “PPP Research Laboratory” within the AIM facilities.

The research lab would trace the development and achievements of the PPP program since it was established under the Philippine Build-Operate-Transfer Law in the 1980s.

“The establishment of the PPP Research Laboratory is crucial in studying the efficient delivery of projects related to the United Nations’ (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), and in determining how they can have a direct, tangible and positive impact across the world,” James Donovan, ADEC chairman, said.

Former National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) Director General Arsenio Balisacan said earlier that the Philippines is focused on addressing three out of the 17 SDGs “applicable to us.”

These are poverty reduction, universal healthcare and sustainable education.

But Manuel de Vera, AIM executive director, said the PPP Research Laboratory is not necessarily aimed at PPPs on health.

The first working paper is going to be released “early next year.” The agenda is to trace the developments and achievements of the PPP since the 1980s.

De Vera said the group can convene with government agencies in coming up with laws, programs and projects to improve the PPP system.

The 17 SDGs are: ending poverty; zero hunger; good health and well-being; quality education; gender equality; clean water and sanitation; affordable and clean energy; decent work and economic growth; industry, innovation and infrastructure; reduced inequalities; sustainable cities and communities; responsible consumption and production; climate action; conservation of life below waters; conservation of life on land; peace justice and strong institutions; and partnerships for the goals.

ADEC is a global group devoted to provide environmental, social and governance solutions and expertise, data management and technology services.

It is now working with the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (Unece) and hosting the International Specialist Center of Excellence for PPP in Health aimed at addressing some goals of the UN’s SDGs.

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