2018 Dubai MENA PPP Forum: Key takeaways

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Against a milieu of changing PPP enabling environments in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), a public-private partnership (PPP) forum took place last month in Dubai focusing on anchoring partnerships and unlocking the potential of PPPs in delivering the national visions that will drive MENA’s future economic growth.

My biggest takeaway is that the efforts to attract private sector developers and investors to participate in the PPPs in the region are serious and well underway. Attendance was robust, with 120 PPP practitioners and champions from the public and private sectors, including leaders of MENA government PPP Units, high-ranking ministerial representatives of Gulf Cooperation Council states, bankers, investors, public servants, and consultants.

Preparation, procurement, and management of PPP projects was front and center. Unsolicited proposals were also discussed, and some saw their merit when effective PPP laws and guidelines address their implementation and PPP units serve as regulators to decide if unsolicited proposals offer innovation and value for money.

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