PPP Stakeholders Workshop with Planning Commission
Posting Date: 17 April, 2014
The Public Private Partnership Office (“PPP Office") organized a workshop with officials from planning commission. The objective of the workshop was to share the experience of implementing the PPP Program in Bangladesh. The workshop was held on April 17, 2014, at the NEC Auditorium, Planning Commission chaired by Ms. O.N. Shiddika Khanam, Additional Secretary, Planning Division. The event was sponsored by Investment Promotion Financing Facility (IPFF) of the World Bank.
Md. Abul Bashar, Deputy Manager of the PPP Office welcomed the participants to this workshop. He informed that the event formed a part of PPP Office’s regular communication updates to all of its stakeholders. The event consisted of 4 presentations on different areas along with a panel discussion. At the outset of the presentation, the CEO of PPP Office provided an overview of PPP including the rationale for launching of PPP program in the country, global context and perspective of PPP, the achievements made in implementing PPP program in Bangladesh and roles of Planning Commission in promoting PPP. He emphasized that planning commission plays a critical role for creation of a robust national PPP pipeline by identifying national priorities.
Md. Humayun Kabir, Deputy Manager, PPP Office in his presentation provided the basic concept of PPP. He provided some examples of PPP modalities and presented case studies on Teknaf Land Port as a successful PPP project in Bangladesh. While Mr. Sukesh K. Sarker, Deputy Manager, PPP Office described the existing PPP institutional framework and roles thereof for implementing the PPP program in the country. The next presentation was made by Ms. Husne Ara Shikha, Deputy Project Director and DGM, Bangladesh Bank on the PPP financial arrangements and facilities. She mentioned that IPFF had been active through providing technical assistance and on-lending support to PPP projects and programs. Finally, Mr. Habibur Rahman, Deputy Secretary, PPP Unit of Finance Division provided a short presentation describing various government’s financing facilities for promoting PPP including VGF, PPPTAF, BIFFL etc.
The event was concluded after a thoughtful and participative panel discussion on the PPP challenges in the country. It was highlighted that need for capacity building and appropriate incentive to relevant government officials would promote overall development effort in championing PPP in Bangladesh.
PPP Stakeholders Workshop with Focal Points
Posting Date: 3 April, 2014
As part of its plan to conduct a series of stakeholder's workshop, the PPP Office organized a workshop session with PPP focal points at PPP Office Conference room on 3 April 2014. The workshop formed part of PPP Office program activities for wide dissemination of PPP information to public sector officials. The objective of the workshop was sensitizing and developing capacity on PPP issues among the PPP focal points from various GoB line ministries and implementing agencies. The workshop also aimed to develop capacity to the participants on advanced PPP project development and transaction issues and create awareness on latest PPP progress and achievement in the country.
Md. Abul Bashar, Deputy Manager of PPP Office welcomed the participants at the inaugural session. He highlighted that the event formed part of PPP Office’s continuous initiative to develop capacity among the focal points.
Three different sessions were conducted from different speakers from the PPP Office. Dr. Humayun Kabir, Deputy Manager presented the overview of PPP activities in Bangladesh. He described the various phases and activities that led to the recent PPP momentum in the country. Mr. Sukesh Kumar Sarker, Deputy Manager described the process and procedure for project development and transaction stages that a PPP project undergoes. The final session was led by Mr. Syed A. Uddin, CEO who provided an overview of the PPP achievements being made in the country. He also described some new proposed projects from various agencies and suggested the way forward to deal with them.
The event was concluded after a thoughtful and participative panel discussion on the PPP challenges in the country. It was highlighted that need for capacity building and appropriate incentive to relevant government officials would promote overall development effort in championing PPP in Bangladesh.
A question and answer session was conducted after the presentation sessions and the presenters responded to issues and queries raised by the participants with various examples and case studies.
Inauguration of the Project Development for Mirpur Housing under PPP modality
Posting Date: 27 February, 2014
On 27 February 2014, the Public Private Partnership (PPP) Office under the Prime Minister’s Office has awarded a Technical Advisory services contract to Ernst and Young LLP (EY), a consulting firm of international repute, which has substantial expertise and experience in developing similar projects across the globe. EY is expected to partner with National Housing Authority (NHA), an agency of the Ministry of Housing and Public Works in conducting feasibility studies and carry out the bid process to identify a suitable private partner to implement the project. EY will help NHA in carrying out techno-commercial feasibility study and develop a holistic plan for implementing a high quality housing project located in Section 9, Mirpur, Dhaka. EY will also assist NHA in identifying a technically and financially sound private partner who would construct and carry out operating and maintenance of the project by carrying out a bid process.
Provision of “affordable housing” is one of the focus sectors for the government. Bangladesh in general and Dhaka in particular has an acute shortage of affordable housing and it is the vision of the government to use the PPP model for the provision of establishing affordable housing for its citizens. The PPP model will enable GoB to avail private sector expertise in the areas of designing, financing, construction and operation & maintenance to develop planned housing projects with high quality supporting infrastructure.
NHA is in possession of approximately 168 acres of land in Section 9 of Mirpur, and has planned to develop affordable housing on PPP model on a pilot basis on a 5 acre land parcel. The project is being developed as a potential model for affordable housing project for the government with the focus on provision of good quality infrastructure facilities. The underlying expectation is to imbibe best practices of construction and master planning, and also to tap investment and expertise from the private sectors. This project is envisioned to be a landmark project and will act as a model project for housing projects to be developed in the coming future.
Start of the Project Development for Dhaka By-Pass Road under PPP modality
Posting Date: 12 December, 2013
On December 8, 2013, the Public Private Partnership (PPP) Office under the Prime Minister's Office awarded a Technical Advisory services contract to MMM Group Limited, for upgrading approximately 50Km long Joydevpur-Debogram-Bhulta-Madanpur (Dhaka By-Pass) Road under a PPP modality.
The services will be carried out in two phases, in the first phase the Consultant will prepare a project definition study including techno-economic and financial feasibility, and social and environmental impact assessment. A successful assessment of the first phase will lead to procuring a concessionaire to undertake the design, construction, and financing of the new highway, and maintenance and operation over the term of the concession. The Roads and Highways Department (RHD) will be the Executing Agency of the project with PPP policy and implementation support coming from the PPP Office together with the PPP unit at the Ministry of Finance.
Upgrading of Dhaka By-Pass connecting Highway N4 in the north, which provides road transport network to the industrial belt north of Dhaka and also to Bhutan and Nepal as part of the South Asian Sub-Regional Economic Cooperation (SASEC) road connectivity program, with N1 in the south to Dhaka-Chittagong road is very important to reduce the present constrain of movement of goods and people between North and South of Dhaka. It will also connect Highways N2 and N3. The completion of this project will provide safe and faster travel option for the users.
Pre-Bid Meeting held for Development of Jetties at Mongla Port through PPP
Posting Date: 10 October, 2013
The pre-Bid Meeting for “Development of 2 Jetties at the Mongla Port through PPP” was held in a city hotel on 10th October 2013. Earlier three applicants were shortlisted in the pre-qualification stage to which RFP was issued on 26th September 2013. The pre-bid meeting was organized to clarify the bidders on the RFP and the draft Concession Agreement.
Mr. Syed Monjurul Islam, Secretary, Ministry of Shipping was present at the inaugural session as the Chief Guest. Mr. Cdre H. R. Bhuiyan, ndc, psc, BN, Chairman, Mongla Port Authority; Mr. Md. Abul Quasem, Project Director, IPFF Cell and Deputy Governor, Bangladesh Bank gave their inaugural speeches, followed by an introductory remark on the use of PPP as a model for development by Mr. Syed Afsor H. Uddin, CEO, PPP Office. The business session started with an introduction of the project by Mr. Md. Altaf Hossain, Chief Engineer, Marine, Mongla Port Authority followed by details of the tendering process by other speakers.
The pre-bid meeting is an important step during the bid process and hence it was organized to discuss the selection process and various terms & conditions of the draft concession agreement. The meeting gave an opportunity to the pre-qualified bidders to get more clarity on the bidding documents and also raise their concerns, if any. The financial institutions also took this opportunity to show their interest in the project and suggested various ways to increase the scope for financing the project. They also appreciated the steps taken for involving the financial institutions at an early stage so that suggestions may be considered to increase the bankability of the project.
During the session, various queries were raised by the participants, which were addressed by the Chairman, Mongla Port Authority; CEO, PPP Office and others. The pre-qualified bidders and the financial institutions were supportive of the project and confirmed their active interest in participating in the bidding process.
PPP Office Organizes Round Table discussion with Development Partners
Posting Date: 9 October, 2013
The Public Private Partnership Office (“PPP Office") organized a round-table discussion with multilaterals and development partners including the World Bank, JICA, IFC, DFID, CIDA and GIZ, to provide them with an update on the progress made on implementing the PPP program in Bangladesh. The discussion was held on October 09, 2013, at the PPP Office conference room chaired by Mr. Syed Afsor H. Uddin, CEO, PPP Office.
The CEO of the PPP Office welcomed the participants to this forum, which formed part of PPP Offices regular communication updates to all of its stakeholders. At the outset of the presentation, the CEO emphasized how the concept of PPP had throughout the world rapidly evolved as a key fiscal tool for government to support the development of much needed infrastructure and the delivery of essential public services. PPP is now a global concept supported by both governments and development partners to promote infrastructure development on a long term sustainable basis.
In the Bangladesh context, the revised and enhanced PPP program had been launched in 2009 to play a catalytic role in increasing infrastructure investments from 2.0% to 6.0% of GDP during the 6th five year plan period (FY2011-15), with 77.0% of the investments targeted to come from the private sector. The early signs of success of the enhanced PPP program can be seen from the rapid increase in the PPP pipeline of a handful of projects in 2011 to around 34 PPP projects which now currently been identified by the PPP Office entailing a potential investment of around USD12 billion.
To continue the positive momentum and deliver the role of all stakeholders including the development partners will be pivotal. The CEO, PPP Office highlighted ongoing continuing support from the development partners and then elaborated on the various steps taken to foster more collaboration with development partners to drive the PPP agenda of the country.
The development partners were appreciative of the current developments and showed their keen interest for providing full support to the PPP program in Bangladesh and extend their assistance to the PPP Office in promoting and implementing the PPP model.
Stakeholder Consultation for PPP Project Abasar
Posting Date: 7 October, 2013
A stakeholder consultation was organized by the Public Private Partnership (PPP) Office with support from the implementing agency, Ministry of Social Welfare (MoSW), Govt. of Bangladesh and International Finance Corporation (IFC), The World Bank Group as Transaction Advisors. The first stakeholder discussion happened in London on September 26, 2013 and the other was held in Dhaka on October 07, 2013. Around 35 participants representing the private sector, industry bodies, healthcare provider, social enterprise etc. attended the discussion. The objective of the discussion was to get a feedback from the participants on the project concept, proposed PPP structure, likely challenges for the private sector and the support required from MoSW, to implement the project on a PPP model such that it is financially viable on a sustainable basis.
At the outset of the meeting, Mr. Meshkat Ahmed Chowdhury (Joint Secretary - Development, MoSW) welcomed all the participants, and shared the genesis and the main objectives of the project. He also added that PPP's can bring more efficiency in the sector, improve quality of services and increase access to much needed healthcare services for the elderly population. If this model is found to be successful then similar projects will be replicated across the country. The Transaction Advisors gave a presentation on the project which was followed by addressing all the queries of the participants regarding concept and the proposed PPP model. There were few suggestions from the participants which was taken note of.
Bangladesh has an estimated population of 160 million people. A combination of natural population growth, improved health services, education and technology, decline in mortality rate and longer life expectancy is fueling an exponential increase in the proportion of population aged 60 and above. In 2006, 6 % of the population was aged 60 or over and this figure was predicted to rise to 17 % by 2050. The current growth rate of the elderly population supersedes the annual growth rate of the whole population of Bangladesh. The most vulnerable elderly in Bangladesh include the rural population suffering from low food supply, precarious access to clean water and limited access to healthcare services, as well as the widows and illiterate. The MoSW is cognizant of the problem and envisages establishing a healthcare facility with special provision for elderly care. This will help in developing an eco-system of social development, and also efficient healthcare for the growing geriatric population. The project will address the lack of specialized health care facilities for the elderly, and also offer health care services to address chronic illness and long term better health conditions. The project, first-of-its kind, will be implemented on a PPP basis.
The discussion ended in a positive note with a unanimous endorsement that a project of this nature is very much required for the citizens of Bangladesh.
PPP Training in HPN (Health Population & Nutrition) sector
Posting Date: 17 June, 2013
A training on Public Private Partnership was organized by Health Economic Unit (HEU) under Ministry of Health on 17 June 2013 at their Conference Room. Mr. Syed Afsor H. Uddin, CEO, PPP Office, Dr. Humayun Kabir, Deputy Manager, PPP Office and Mr. Md. Abu Rashed,
PPP Expert (Consultant), PPP Office provided the training to 25-30 senior officials of HEU. The speakers provided an introduction on the PPP program and provided overview of PPP activities of the country. The participants provided an introduction to the key PPP commercial and financial issues that needed to be concluded when developing projects on a PPP modally. Successful case studies of PPP in health sector were also presented during the training session.
A question and answer session was also held where the participants raised a number of queries regarding PPP and the speakers clarified them. Finally, a brain storming session was organized to identify and generate potential PPP projects from HEU and a list of 10 projects were identified among which 5 projects were primarily selected to be taken up by HEU to consider under PPP. It was agreed that HEU would examine those 5 project ideas and would submit the proposals to the PPP Office for the most suitable ideas to be taken up as potential PPP project.
Workshop on enhancement of long-term PPP Financing
Posting Date: 4 May, 2013
A discussion meeting was organized by IPFF project cell, Bangladesh Bank with the participation of the World Bank, PPP office and Managing Directors/Chief Executive officers of Banks and Financial Institutions on Prospective Project Pipeline Development held at the conference room of Hotel Sarina on 4th May, 2013 at 3.30 pm. The objective of the meeting is to address the difficulties faced by PFIs for loan disbursement and other unaddressed issues in this regard and to find ways to accelerate the use of on-lending component of IPFF fund. The meeting was chaired by Mr. Abul Quasem, Deputy Governor of Bangladesh bank as well as project director of IPFF project. Mr. A.K.M Abdullah, Financial Sector Specialist, The World Bank and Mr. Syed Afsor H. Uddin, CEO of PPP office were also present in the meeting.
At the outset of the meeting, welcoming all the participants, the Chairman delivered the opening speech. After that Deputy Project Director of IPFF Project Mrs. Husne Ara Shikha made a power point presentation on the opportunities available in IPFF project for PFIs. CEO, PPP Office, Mr. Syed Afsor H Uddin delivered his speech narrating the future projects of PPP to be financed by banks and financial institutions. He also presented a new concept called Indicative Financial Support where the engagement of the PFIs in the crucial steps (RFQ, RFP etc.) of awarding PPP projects would be ensured. After that World Bank's Financial Sector Specialist Mr. A.K.M. Abdullah presented various aspects on how the WB review a loan proposal and there concerns for development of present PPP scenario in Bangladesh. As a last speaker, Chairman of Mongla Port Authority Mr. H.R Bhuiyan delivered his speech depicting strategic reason for Bangladesh for an alternative port and explaining the necessity to upgrade the capacity of Mongla port for the greater interest of the People of Bangladesh.
Mr. Syed Afsor H Uddin discussed about the broader avenue of PPP. He opined that financing a PPP project should not be the goal rather it should be treated as a program as PPP is a new concept in Bangladesh. He told that if the PFIs would involve in various steps of awarding a PPP project, it would reduce the uncertainty of financing by the PFIs.
He also told that, once there will be successful implementation of a PPP project, a number of PPP projects will come automatically. He assured that PPP office is working relentlessly to build a strong pipeline of PPP project and by the next year 10 to 15 PPP projects would be ready for financing. In his speech he also showed the process specified in Public Private Partnership (PPP), 2010.
The chairman thanked the CEO, PPP Office for preparing a pipeline consisting of 37 Nos. PPP projects. The participants of PFIs raised a number of issues regarding financing in PPP projects that require attention of Bangladesh Bank as well as the World Bank. The chair assured to take care of those matters and hoped that in the journey of IPFF, the PFIs would act proactively to finance PPP projects. He believe that interaction between government, investors and financial institutions will help us financing more and more PPP projects under IPFF project and improve the overall PPP scenario in Bangladesh.
Workshop on "PPP in Tourism"
Posting Date: 14 March, 2013
The Public Private Partnership (PPP) Office is conducting a series of dedicated stakeholder workshops with various infrastructure related ministries and implementing agencies. The purpose of such workshops is to build awareness on PPP and to sensitize relevant officials for bringing PPP projects from their respective agencies in the national project pipeline. As part of this initiative, PPP Office has recently conducted a workshop with Ministry of Civil Aviation and Tourism (MoCAT) on 14 March 2013 at hotel Abakash of Bangladesh Parjatan Corporation (BPC).
Bangladesh provides a unique offering and promising appeal to the local and international tourism community for its various destinations, locations and heritage. However, the lack of infrastructure and support facilities constrain the potential opportunities to fully access the diverse tourism sights and attractions in Bangladesh. To maximize the potential of tourism in Bangladesh and attract a wider segment of the national and international tourism community there is a need for significant investment to enhance existing and build new facilities. Government has recently reinvigorated the PPP initiative in Bangladesh as a way of addressing constraints in infrastructure investment in Bangladesh. In line with this strategy PPP is now being seen as an important way enhancing investment in the tourism sector. This workshop primarily focused on how PPP could be used to develop the tourism sector through the use of international case studies and open discussions.
The workshop was chaired by Md. Maksudul Hasan Khan, additional secretary & Chairman, BPC. Mr. Syed Afsor H. Uddin, CEO of PPP Office and Mr. Akhtaruzzaman Khan, CEO of Bangladesh Tourism Board (BTB) were also present as special guests. In his speech, the Chairman of BPC referred to PPP as an important tool for the development of the country’s tourism sector and also mentioned the workshop as a ground breaking event for promoting tourism through PPP. He said “This event will surely help us understand PPP in detail and will assist us think forward for bringing more tourism projects under PPPs in Bangladesh”. The CEO of BTB also thanked the PPP Office for its endeavor for the workshop and quoted that “I hope that this workshop will not be a traditional workshop and I request all of my colleagues to discuss and work closely with PPP Office and Parjatan Corporation to generate ideas about potential projects”.
Two presentations by the PPP office were made in the workshop. The first presentation was on the benefits and potentials of PPPs, especially different stages and processes of PPPs which was delivered by CEO of PPP Office. Moreover, the CEO informed the development and current state of PPP projects in Bangladesh. The second presentation was on case studies of PPP projects across the world which was presented by Mr. Abul Bashar, Deputy Manager of PPP Office. Finally, Mr. Kaliranjan, Director, Planning, BPC in his presentation focused mainly on existing BPC facilities and potential PPP projects for tourism sector in Bangladesh.
The workshop ended with an enthusiastic and participative question answer session where queries were raised by various participants on the PPP regulatory framework, contingent situations, contract awarding, quality assurance & operation and maintenance and many others. CEO, PPP Office and Mr. Humayun Kabir, Deputy Manager of PPP Office responded to the queries and also provided feedback and clarifications in relation to international best practice.
Inter-ministerial meeting on draft PPP Law, 2013
Posting Date: 14 March, 2013
An inter-ministerial meeting was held on the draft PPP Law 2013 on 14th of March 2013. The meeting was presided over by the Principal Secretary to the Hon'ble Prime Minister Mr Shaikh Md. Wahid-uz-Zaman. Secretaries and senior officials from different ministries and representatives from FBCCI and DCCI were present in the meeting. In his welcome speech, the Principal Secretary informed the meeting about government's policy and commitment towards achieving Vision 2021 to transform Bangladesh into a middle income country. The PPP program is an important component of achieving this goal of achieving enhanced socio economic development of the country. In this context the enactment of the PPP Law will be important for formulating and implementing a specific framework for the development of a sustainable PPP program.
The CEO of the PPP Office, Mr. Syed Afsor H. Uddin, provided an update on the development and drafting of the PPP Law. He highlighted that the draft PPP Law had been developed under the support of the Asian Development Bank through the TA for the operationalisation of the PPP Program. A key emphasis of the approach used was to ensure consultation and dialogue amongst the key stakeholders in the public sector, the private sector and the donor agencies. This inter-ministerial meeting marked the conclusion of the stakeholder consultation process that was launched in March 2012. The PPP CEO and the ADB appointed legal consultant, Barrister Nihad Kabir, presented the feedback that had been received from stakeholders and highlighted the key changes that had been incorporated into the draft PPP Law. Stakeholders were also given the opportunity to share their additional comments and to provide any further observations in writing within the specified time period.
The meeting ended in a positive manner with an unanimous endorsement to place the proposed draft PPP Law before the Cabinet Committee for Economic Affairs (CCEA) for their approval and to take the necessary steps for enactment of the law.
PPP Stakeholders' Workshop
Posting Date: 28 January, 2013
The Public Private Partnership (PPP) Office has plans to conduct a series of stakeholder's workshop at various places of the country especially in the divisional cities. As part of the plan, PPP Office organized a Stakeholders Workshop at a city Hotel in Khulna on 19 January 2013. The objective of the workshop was sensitizing among the PPP stakeholders on the fundamentals of PPP and PPP framework and institutional scenario in Bangladesh. The workshop also aimed to disseminate information on procedure for project development and approval within the existing framework.
Mr. Md. Abdul Aziz, Director General, Prime Minister's Office was present as the chief guest in the event. Mr. Kazi Aminul Haque, President, Khulna Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI), and Mr. Md. Abdul Jalil, Divisional Commissioner, Khulna Division, attended as special guest in the workshop. Mr. Mesbah Uddin, Deputy Commissioner, Khulna chaired the sessions during the event.
Seven modules for PPP was discussed and presented by various speakers in the workshop. Dr. Fouzul Kabir Khan, Former Secretary, Power Division presented four modules during the event and Mr. Sukesh Kumar Sarker, Deputy Manager (Deputy Secretary), PPP Office, Prime Minister's Office presented three modules. In his presentation, Dr. Khan covered overview of PPP, the existing PPP framework in the country, basic risks and mitigations for PPP projects and described the process for identification and screening of a PPP project.
Mr. Sarker during his presentation provided some overview of PPP financing, provided a case study on the method of completing the PPP project proposal form and finally provided some brief on PPP project development process and PPP tendering procedure.
A question and answer session was conducted after the presentation sessions and the presenters explained various issues raised by the participants with various examples and case studies.
Workshop on "Sharing PPP Experiences"
Posting Date: 24 January, 2013
The Public Private Partnership (PPP) Office organized a Workshop on “Sharing PPP Experiences” at a city hotel on 15 January 2013. The objective of the workshop was to sensitize the PPP stakeholders on the progress in developing the PPP Program in Bangladesh. The workshop also aimed to share international best practice on key enablers for delivering a successful PPP Program.
Mr. Fazle Kabir, Secretary, Ministry of Finance, was present as the chief guest and Mr. Syed Afsor H. Uddin, CEO, PPP Office, Prime Minister's Office attended as special guest in the workshop. Mr. Md. Abul Quasem, Deputy Governor, Bangladesh Bank chaired the sessions during the event. Ms. Husneara Shikha, Deputy Project Director, IPFF Cell and Joint Director of Bangladesh Bank provided the welcome address in the workshop. The keynote speech was delivered by Professor Graeme Hodge, Centre for Regulatory Studies, Faculty of Law, Monash University, Australia
Two presentations were delivered in the workshop. Mr. Abul Bashar, Deputy Manager of PPP Office, in his presentation provided the details of the PPP activities that have been delivered so far in the country. He particularly focused on GoB's PPP Vision and the recent PPP momentum in the country in attaining the vision. The PPP processes and institutional framework established and a brief description and status update of the projects in the PPP pipeline were set out. Mr. Bashar particularly stressed the fact that Executing Agencies are the main drivers in promoting PPP in the country and they need to champion the initiative in order to enable success.
The keynote speech and presentation was delivered by Professor Graeme Hodge. In his presentation on “Upgrading Public Sector Capacity for Delivering PPP Projects”, Mr. Hodge mentioned about basics of PPP fundamentals and provided Australian and UK experience of PPPs and integrated them with the present Bangladesh scenario. Providing an emphasis on the importance of improving governance, Professor Hodge stated that systems need to be encouraged with transparency, openness and accountability and institutions strengthened to uphold the rule of law.
The presentation was followed by a question and answer session where the presenters responded to a number of issues raised by the participants providing reference to various examples and case studies.
PPP key to realizing vision 2021 development goals
Posting Date: 1 January, 2013
The Public Private Partnership (PPP) Office and the Board of Investment organized the “PPP Global Investors' Forum: Bangladesh 2012”, on 7-8 December at the Ruposhi Bangla Hotel, Dhaka. Her Excellency Sheikh Hasina, Hon'ble Prime Minister inaugurated the 2 day event as the Chief Guest, and Mr Abul Maal Abdul Muhith, Hon'ble Minister of Finance and Dr Dipu Moni, Hon'ble Minister of Foreign Affairs attended as Special Guests.
The Hon'ble Prime Minister, reinforcing her government's commitment to the PPP program, announced that a PPP law was being enacted and welcomed investors and development agencies to work in partnership with government to deliver public service infrastructure.
The PPP Forum, the first of its kind in Bangladesh, provided a unique opportunity for local and international private investors, sponsors and financiers and public officials to learn at firsthand how Bangladesh had prioritized PPPs as key to delivering increased investment in infrastructure and public services and committed to the implementation of a revitalized PPP Program based on best international practice, backed by robust and transparent policies and supported by multilateral partners, the Asian Development Bank and the World Bank.
The Forum generated huge private sector interest and over 700 local and foreign investors, sponsors, financiers, advisors, lawyers, leading business houses and public sector officials participated in the 2 day forum, with private sector representatives attending from countries such as India, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Korea, Japan, UAE, Russia, Germany, France, the UK and others.
Participants at the Forum were provided with an update on the PPP readiness of Bangladesh, this focused on:
• Demonstrating how best international practice had been applied in the PPP framework
• Showcasing the enabling environment created to protect and incentivize PPP investors.
• Introducing the financing vehicles and supports available to help realize investments.
• Highlighting the investor friendly environment the Government has developed.
• Unveiling the pipeline of opportunities for PPP investors covering critical sectors.
• Providing a forum for private sector sponsors, investors and financiers to meet key public sector stakeholders in Bangladesh's PPP future.
Global Leader of Capital Projects & Infrastructure, PwC
Chairman of KPMG's Global Infrastructure Practice
Michael W. Cooper
Director of Infrastructure for Asia Pacific, HSBC
John Grant Hauber
Principal Public Private Partnership Specialist, Asian Development Bank
Senior Private Sector Development Specialist, World Bank
Distinguished speakers at the event included:
• PPP Infrastructure Global Experts such as Richard Abadie, Global Head of PPP Advisory, PwC; James Stewart, Chairman of KPMG's Global Infrastructure Practice; Michael W. Cooper, Director of Infrastructure for Asia Pacific, HSBC.
• Country leads and experts from our multilateral partners such as Islamic Development Bank, IFC, Asian Development Bank and the World Bank.
• Leading investors and practitioners from business, banking and legal sectors
• Senior public sector officials
In his opening remarks for the Plenary Session, the Principal Secretary to the Hon'ble Prime Minister stated that “This event is unique in bringing together the public sector, the private sector and our development partners working together for the development of much needed infrastructure in our country. Today is the beginning of our partnership, and I expect this partnership to be formalized and strengthened through implementing a number of PPP projects across a range of different sectors”.
The CEO of the PPP Office, in his opening address stated that “This is a very exciting time for the PPP program. The pace of delivery has been accelerating. Private sector interest and participation is enhancing. Support from our multilateral partners is multiplying. Our first few projects will start to deliver from early next year. Our pipeline is constantly growing. I can see that we are on the right track in realising the step change set out in our Vision 2021.”
Dr S. A. Samad, the Executive Chairman of Board of Investment (BoI), Prime Minister's Office, in his speech highlighted the contribution of the private sector in Bangladesh's solid track record of growth and emphasised the need to build on this partnership through PPPs to deliver increased investment and bring enhanced rates of growth and prosperity to the country.
The event concluded with Dr. Tawfiq-E-Elahi, BB, Energy Advisor to the Hon. Prime Minister attending as Chief Guest and Dr. S. A. Samad, Executive Chairman, BoI attending as Chairperson in the Closing Session. The Chief Guest noted the huge participation and interest shown by the private sector and especially highlighted the success of the event in obtaining a USD1 billion commitment from various multilateral agencies for supporting the PPP program.
Workshop on PPP Training Needs Assessment
Posting Date: 10 October, 2012
(From left to right) Mr. Syed Afsor H. Uddin, CEO, PPP Office; Mr. Md. Abul Quasem, Deputy Governor and Project Director, Bangladesh Bank; Mr. Abdul Aziz, Director General, Prime Minister's Office; Mr. Nazrul Islam, ED & CEO, IIFC Team Leader., Resident Project Manager, Implementation of IPFF Project; Mr. Edward White, Training Expert from USA and Shikha Husne Ara, Joint Director & Deputy Project Director of IPFF are seen at the workshop programme on PPP Training Needs Assessment
A one-day workshop was jointly organised by Investment Promotion and Financing Facility (IPFF) of the Bangladesh Bank and Public Private Partnership (PPP) Office on “PPP Training Needs Assessment” held at Hotel Purbani International Ltd, Dhaka on 8 October 2012. The programme was facilitated by Infrastructure Investment Facilitation Center (IIFC).
The objective of the workshop was to provide an effective national capacity building plan required to have understanding of PPP techniques and methodologies by relevant officials concerning PPP projects.
Mr. Abdul Aziz, Director General, Prime Minister's Office was present as Chief Guest in the workshop. Mr. Md. Abul Quasem, Deputy Governor, Bangladesh Bank was present as Special Guest. Mr. Syed Afsor H. Uddin, CEO, PPP Office provided the Welcome speech in the workshop.
Mr. Edward White, PPP Training Expert from USA, delivered key presentation in the workshop.
PPP Office attended View Exchange meeting on IPFF Financing for potential PPP projects
Posting Date: 8 October, 2012
From the left,A. K. M. Abdullah, Financial Sector Specialist South Asia Finance and Private Sector of World Bank,Mr. Syed Afsor H. Uddin, CEO, PPP Office; Mr. Md. Abul Quasem, Deputy Governor and Project Director, Bangladesh Bank, Shikha HusneAra,Joint Director & Deputy Project Director of IPFF andpersonnels from PFF are seen in the meeting.
Mr. Syed Afsor H. Uddin, the Chief Executive Officer of PPP Office attended a view exchange meeting on October 02, 2012 organized by Investment Promotion and Financing Facility (IPFF) cell of Bangladesh Bank regarding support from IPFF for financing potential PPP projects. The meeting was chaired by Mr. Md. Abul Quasem, Deputy Governor, Bangladesh Bank & Project Director, IPFF Project. Mr. A.K.M. Abdullah, Financial Sector Specialist of the World Bank, representatives from PFIs and officials from the IPFF project cell were also present in the meeting.
Various important issues including infrastructure bond market development, procurement system of GoB and the World Bank and the pipeline of potential PPP Projects were discussed in the meeting. Mr. Afsor H. Uddin mentioned that PPP Office has been established to act as the central point for promoting and facilitating PPP projects and is actively working with the development partners in the country including the World Bank and ADB to develop the PPP Program in Bangladesh.
The IPFF representatives informed that they are pursuing several potential PPP projects for IPFF financing. On that note the CEO of PPP Office mentioned that a number of projects were currently being processed under the PPP policy and he expressed optimistically that a few number of projects would be launched for procurement in the new term.
Government of Bangladesh to Expand Affordable Dialysis Service through Public-Private Partnership
Posting Date: 17 September, 2012
Dhaka, Bangladesh, September 16, 2012– In Bangladesh, each year, about 400,000 people are diagnosed with different kidney related diseases and about twenty thousand patients develop Acute Renal Failure. These patients have limited access to quality and affordable care. The government is keen to enhance affordable kidney dialysis service for the estimated 20 million kidney patients of the country. To alleviate sufferings of the patients, the state owned National Institute of Kidney Diseases and Urology in Dhaka and the Chittagong Medical College Hospital that currently have 13 and 9 hemodialysis machines respectively, will be upgraded to 40 and 20 hemodialysis machines respectively under the project. Expansion of dialysis services at the public hospital will make hemodialysis accessible to the patients who cannot afford overseas or local private medical treatment. The project, first-of-its-kind, will be implemented on a Public-Private Partnership (PPP) basis.
A Contract, in this regard, was signed today between the Public Private Partnership Office, an autonomous unit under the Prime Minister's Office, Bangladesh and International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group. Syed Afsor H. Uddin, Chief Executive Officer of the PPP Office and Anita Maranagoly George, Director, Infrastructure Department of IFC signed the Contract on behalf of their respective organizations. The signing ceremony was held at the Conference Room of the Prime Minister's Office. Shaikh Md. Wahid-uz-Zaman, Principal Secretary, Prime Minister's Office attended the signing ceremony as the Chief Guest. Senior Official from the Prime Minister's Office, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, and Implementing Agencies also attended the function.
Under the Contract, IFC will provide transaction advisory services including designing and implementing the upgraded Kidney Dialysis facilities at the National Institute of Kidney Diseases and Urology in Dhaka and the Chittagong Medical College Hospital on PPP basis.
In his address, the Principal Secretary informed the meeting that “A solid foundation for the Bangladesh PPP program is being laid. Very soon we will appoint a panel of transaction advisors to assist the PPP Office, Line Ministries and the Implementing Agencies in executing PPP projects in sectors such as Roads, Shipping, Civil Aviation, Tourism, Housing and Public Works, Railways and others.”
“Through this first-of-a-kind initiative in Bangladesh, the government will be able to expand dialysis services for particularly low and middle income kidney patients in two major cities. Successful implementation of these pilot projects will help us design and implement a nationwide program of PPP projects in the Health sector,” said Syed Afsor H. Uddin, Chief Executive Officer of the PPP Office.
PPPs can bring more efficiency in the sector, improve quality of services and increase access to much needed healthcare services, he added. “Bangladesh is working to build support for greater private participation in the country's development through sustainable PPP models as part of the overall growth framework. IFC is keen to support the Government in implementing its PPP agenda,” said Anita Maranagoly George, Director, Infrastructure Department of IFC.
PPP Office Consult with BUILD
Posting Date: 10 June, 2012
Private Sector Consultation on Public Private Partnership Operationalization in Bangladesh (10-June-2012)
A private sector consultation meeting on Public Private Partnership (PPP) Operationalization was held on 10 th June at the Dhaka Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI). The consultation meeting was jointly organized by the Business Initiative Leading Development (BUILD) and the PPP Office. It was chaired by Mr. Asif Ibrahim, President of DCCI and Chairman of BUILD. Business leaders, officials from PPPO, Ministry of Finance, and ADB TA team members attended the meeting. The objective of the consultation meeting was to raise awareness about PPP among the private sector, discuss the preparatory work done on PPP, including the PPP draft law, and to highlight how private sectorpartners can participate in PPP projects.
Giving a warm welcome to all invited guests, the President of DCCI, highlighted the high expectations of the business community regarding the investment opportunities that would be made available by the PPP program. He emphasized the importance of accelerating the development and implementation of the PPP programmeand expressed his hope that through consultations like this, and the combined efforts of the public and private sector, the PPP program in Bangladesh can become a success.
The CEO of PPP Office, Mr. Syed Afsor H. Uddin in his opening remarks highlighted that the global experience of PPP has shown that, where implemented properly, PPP can deliver benefits to both the public sector and private sector. Many countries had been successful in delivering large PPP programmes, for example in the UK a multibillion dollar program had been developed, while more recently there has been a rapid implementation of PPP projects in India. The CEO of the PPP Office stressed the importance of continued dialogue and communication with the private sector in helping to make the delivery of the PPP Programme in Bangladesh a success.
Dr. M. Fouzul Kabir Khan, Team Leader of PPP Technical Assistance Team for the Asian Development Bank delivered a presentation to set out the PPP concept and how the various draft manuals provide an end to end guidance on the delivery of PPP projects.
Following the presentation on PPP, an engaging and informative discussion took place among all participants where the PPP Office responded to a number of clarification questions raised by the private sector participants about the process and policy for development and implementation of PPP projects.
Ms. FerdousAra Begum, CEO of BUILD then thanked all participants for theirsuggestions put forward in the meeting and hoped that more of such meetings will beheld in the future and will contribute to the success ofPPP program in Bangladesh.
PPP Office Consult with PFI
Posting Date: 5 June, 2012
A stakeholder consultation meeting on Public-Private Partnership (PPP) was held on 5 th June at the conference room of Bangladesh Bank. The consultation session was organized by the Investment Promotion and Financing Facility (IPFF) Unit of Bangladesh Bank (BB) and was chaired by Mr. Md. Abul Quasem, Deputy Governor, Bangladesh Bank. Mr. Syed Afsor H. Uddin, CEO, PPP Office under the Prime Minister's office and Dr. M. Fouzul Kabir Khan, Team Leader, ADB Technical Assistance Team, discussed the government's PPP Initiative and the preparatory work completed under the ADB TA programme. The objective of the consultation meeting was to create awareness among potential PPP project lenders regarding the progress of the country's PPP initiatives and discuss the lenders' role in PPP along with the opportunities and challenges. Representatives from 14 banks and Financial Institutions and personnel from the IPFF Unit, BB participated in the consultation session.
The consultation session commenced with a welcome speech by Deputy Governor Mr. Quasem. He informed the participants the current status of the IPFF project and the interest of both Bangladesh Bank and the World Bank (WB) to promote and support the PPP projects through the IPFF program. He mentioned that IPFF is also considering supporting social sector projects in education and health sectors. The CEO of the PPP office emphasized the need for preparatory work for PPP and narrated his personal experience of working on the PPP programs in the U.K., where he saw remarkable success in the implementation of a multibillion dollar PPP Programme . He also explained how the PPP program has created opportunities for the private sector as well as the lenders. He also discussed the government's progress in preparing for the first wave of pilot PPP projects. Dr. Fouzul Khan explained on the basic concepts of PPP and how the government envisages the country's PPP programs to move forward. He briefed everyone about the preparatory activities needed and undertaken so far, including the setting up and operationalization of the PPP Office, drafting of PPP Law, preparation of Screening, Project Development and Bid Processing manuals, issuance of various Fiscal Support guidelines etc. The , CEO, PPP Office concluded the presentation by mentioning the key role of the lenders in executing PPP projects and encouraged early and regular dialogue so that potential financing issues could explored in advance to enable the successful completion of PPP projects.
The Bangladesh Bank and the PPP Office had a very engaging and fruitful discussion with the banks and the financial institutions where a number of ideas where shared on how the enabling framework for executing PPP transactions could be further developed.
The Bangladesh Bank and the PPP Office thanked the representatives for their participations and their suggestions and emphasized the importance of working together with the private sector and other public sector authorities to take forward these suggestions to support the development of a vibrant PPP programme.
The consultation session was concluded on an optimistic note with the remarks by CEO, PPP Office and the Deputy Governor, Bangladesh Bank, that the government is keen to work together with the private sector to ensure accelerated investments in the country through successful implementation of the PPP programme.