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About

This blog is about public-private partnerships (PPPs) in Pakistan. The term public-private partnership is probably one of the most misunderstood terms in Pakistan and interestingly during recent years, many government initiatives have wholeheartedly embraced the PPP principle, without any detailed deliberation, which has resulted in cropping up of all sorts of unique arrangements, under the so-called broad PPP umbrella, ranging from private sector representatives dominating fully-owned government companies to provision of targeted farming subsidies. PPP is defined as something which brings public and private sectors together in a long- term partnership for mutual benefit. It therefore represents a long-term arrangement where private sector shares risks and responsibilities in areas, where government would still acknowledge its public service obligations, as opposed to privatisation or other forms of private sector participation. The key ingredients in developing effective public-private partnerships are a clear commitment from the government, sufficient interest from investors and an enabling environment.

This blog is supported by Social, Economic and Business Reserach Associates (SEBRA). SEBRA is a proprietary research and consulting services and support organization, geared towards promoting knowledge-driven activities in Pakistan through propriety research and consulting support. SEBRA believes that the long-term solution to Pakistan’s economic problems lies in transformation towards a knowledge-based economy, creating a new competitive edge for Pakistan and SEBRA is positioning itself to contribute towards that transformation. SEBRA offers expertise in the areas of competitiveness and private sector development, education policy and management, workforce development and entrepreneurship policy and development.

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  1. I was wondering if there is a possibility to start a PPP project in the IT education sector in Lahore close to the Software Technology Park (STP). The idea is to provide the world class IT education to our talened young people.

    Thank you

    Posted by Hanif Qureshi | April 17, 2010, 10:17 am
    • I believe that’s a great idea. There is already a software technology park working under the federal government in Aiwan-e-Iqbal. Govt. of Punjab is also constructing a huge IT park on Ferozepur Road. Punjab Board of Information Technology (PITB) has been entrusted the task to manage the park or look for alternative options. That may be up for a PPP transaction in near future. Any additional software parks may be developed, after carefully considering the local demand for facilities. HK

      Posted by hasaankhawar | April 17, 2010, 9:15 pm

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