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Promoting effective public-private partnerships for infrastructure development


  • Mathieu Verougstraete

    () (Macroeconomic Policy and Financing for Development Division, ESCAP)


The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development puts infrastructure development at its core with at least 12 out of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) having a direct infrastructure link. To achieve these development objectives, governments are looking for appropriate financing strategies and involving the private sector is often considered by policy makers as a promising option to overcome resource constraints and improve public service delivery. Recognizing this potential, countries have included promoting effective public-private partnerships as one of the means of implementation for sustainable development (SDG-17). Furthermore the Addis Ababa Action Agenda (AAAA) on Financing for Development confirmed that both public and private investments have key roles to play in infrastructure financing, including through mechanisms such as public-private partnerships. Against this background, this policy brief outlines key infrastructure challenges in the Asia-Pacific region before exploring the benefits and limitation of PPP arrangements as well as the policy actions that are required for making the most of this mechanism.

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  • Mathieu Verougstraete, 2017. "Promoting effective public-private partnerships for infrastructure development," MPDD Policy Briefs PB45, United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP).
  • Handle: RePEc:unt:pbmpdd:pb45

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