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28 Mar 2018

Minsk to host UNECE regional forum on public private partnership in June-July

MINSK, 28 March (BelTA) – A regional forum of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) will be held in Minsk in June-July 2018 to discuss public private partnership, the press service of the Belarusian Economy Ministry told BelTA.

Yelena Perminova, Head of the Central Office for Investment Policy of the Belarusian Economy Ministry, took part in the 12th session of the UNECE Innovation, Competitiveness and Public-Private Partnerships Committee (CICPPP) in Geneva, Switzerland on 26-28 March.

Promising avenues of Belarus-UNECE cooperation in public private partnership were determined during the session. For instance, UNECE experts may help Belarus work out the necessary methods and evaluate shortlisted public private partnership projects. Expert seminars involving representatives of the UNECE Business Advisory Board may be held in Belarus’ regions. Plans have also been made to hold a regional forum on public private partnership in Minsk in June-July 2018.

Participants of the 12th session of the UNECE Innovation, Competitiveness and Public-Private Partnerships Committee also discussed strategic avenues of cooperation for the period till 2020, the public private partnership standards the UNECE working group on public private partnership is developing, and methods to evaluate public private partnership and infrastructure projects for the Sustainable Development Goals. Apart from that, participants of the session shared information about cutting-edge practices for implementing projects based on public private partnership mechanisms.

A preliminary agreement was reached on providing international technical aid to Belarus for the sake of bolstering the potential and enhancing the public private partnership sphere within the framework of the memorandum of understanding signed by the UNECE and the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) of the People’s Republic of China to advance the Belt and Road initiative.

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