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Pakistan Railways to run business train under PPP mode

Pakistan Railways is planning to run a business train on the basis of public-private partnership, to facilitate the business community and bring revenues for the railways as  fares may be higher than normal. Preference is likely to be given to the business train compared to passenger and express trains to ensure timely departures and arrivals. … Continue reading

Planning Commission in India exploring PPPs in education

Indian website tehelka.com has reported that Planning Commission in India is exploring the possibility of handing over educational system to private providers or NGOs under Public-Private-Partnership (PPP) mode. More details can be accessed here.

Singapore agencies and Panasonic partner for green public housing through PPP

Panasonic has joined three Singaporean agencies, the Economic Development Board (EDB), the Housing & Development Board (HDB) and the Energy Market Authority (EMA), in a public private partnership to integrate solar technology, fuel-cell batteries and Home Energy Management Systems (HEMS) into an existing public housing block.Panasonic would test an integrated energy system in Punggol Eco … Continue reading

Study Shows How Public-Private Partnerships Can Help Poor Communities Access Sustainable Energy

A new paper published by the UK-based International Institute for Environment and Development examines how governments, donors and businesses can work together to provide poor communities with sustainable energy supplies. The paper focuses on PERMER (Project for Renewable Energy in Rural Markets), an Argentinean program that has successfully delivered basic electricity access to remote, rural communities not served by the … Continue reading

Transport PPPs in Pakistan

In Pakistan, the transport PPPs have been mostly limited to the ports sector, with Karachi and Pakistan International Container Terminals (both at Karachi port) and International Container Terminal at Qasim Port, being owned and managed by private sector partners. Gwadar Port has also entered an agreement with the Port of Singapore Authority for managing operations. Karachi … Continue reading

Iran-Pakistan gas pipeline to be funded through public-private partnership

The Iran-Pakistan gas pipeline project will be funded through public-private partnership, which will cost Pakistan an estimated $1.25 billion for its side of the pipeline. Pakistan and Iran have already signed an agreement on sovereign guarantee for the project, as well as another agreement for gas sale and purchase agreement for import of 750 million cubic … Continue reading

GoP launches online work visa application for investors

As part of its efforts to promote foreign private investment, Government of Pakistan has launched an investor-focused and interactive Online Work Visa Application for investors so that they can get visas without delays. This service can be accessed through Board of Investment’s website and is likely to lead BoI towards automation of investment procedures. More details … Continue reading

Public private dialogue to propel BoI’s PPP efforts

Under the public private dialogue (PPD), Board of Investment has formed three Advisory Boards for selected sectors to develop target sectors, identify competitive investment projects & consult on policy initiatives for improving investment climate in Pakistan. More details can be accessed here.

Radio Pakistan – Use of PPP to improve financial strength

Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Dr. Firdous Ashiq Awan has indicated that Pakistan Broadcasting Corporation (PBC) is planning to use public-private partnership  to improve financial health of the corporation, through public funds injection of PKR 700 million to PBC, with matching amount being generated through partnership with private sector to run the annual expenditures of … Continue reading

World Bank Group Education Strategy 2020 looks at strategic partnerships with private sector as a key implementation lever

World Bank’s Education Strategy 2020 – “Learning for All; Investing in People’s Knowledge and Skills to Promote Development” – encompasses two key strategic directions to achieve desired results, including strengthening education systems and building a high-quality knowledge base. WB looks at strategic partnerships with private sector, besides UN agencies, donor community, and civil society organizations, to move forward … Continue reading