P3A and AJK – Advancing the PPP Ecosystem
The inclusion and integration of the private sector for public developmental infrastructure services is necessary for socioeconomic development and forward-looking Pakistan. To this end, the Federal Public-Private Partnership Authority (P3A) is playing a pivotal role in enabling the achievement of the government’s development agenda. P3A’s core strategic vision is to drive the uplift of the national PPP ecosystem, working with key stakeholder groups in various capacities to achieve that, while creating a dynamic market of bankable PPP projects at the federal level.
To this end, P3A in partnership with the Asian Development Bank (ADB) is hosting a first-of-its-kind series of PPP workshops that brought together PPP units at the federal and provincial levels to brainstorm best practices in preparing and implementing PPP projects, navigate bottlenecks in Pakistan’s PPP landscape and encourage overall collaboration among various stakeholders.
The first workshop of this series was held on Friday the 17th of December, where P3A engaged with various senior PPP stakeholders of Azad Jammu & Kashmir (AJK). The workshop’s primary goal was to deliberate best practices with a panel of industry experts in developing the PPP ecosystem in AJK, particularly in the context of building out AJK’s social sectors including education and healthcare. In addition, the workshop also aimed to establish an ‘open-door’ policy for future knowledge share.
The workshop was chaired by P3A’s Chief Executive Officer, Malik Ahmad Khan, while the ADB panel of experts
included Dr. Daud Munir, Partner Axis Law Chamber, member of the New York Bar and Advocate of the High Courts of
Pakistan; Aania Alam, acting Head Strategy & Operations at P3A, policy and transformation expert with extensive
international experience including in multilateral policy advisory for the G20; and Dr. Naveed Iftikhar, Senior
Governance Specialist and Adjunct Faculty at Suleman Dawood School of Business at LUMS. The discussions were
further assisted by both ADB consultants and P3A’s Projects Team.
This ‘closed door’ workshop gave AJK officials the opportunity to share key successes as well as challenges in the development of their PPP regime. The discussion was centered around advancement of their institutional capability, building out of their regulatory framework and development and processing of a PPP pipeline.
The experts shared key insights and learnings along each of these areas and show-cased both domestic and international case studies that addressed AJK’s key discussion points.
Both P3A and ADB expressed their commitment to supporting the PPP capacity buildout which is vital in shaping the overall development landscape of the country, thus creating the required infrastructure and services for Pakistan’s burgeoning population, as well as uplifting the socioeconomic well-being of the people.