Public-Private Partnerships Not Solution To Problems

Ghana’s Minister of State in charge of Public-Private Partnerships (PPP) at the Presidency, Abdul Rashid Pelpuo has explained that though the government intends to partner the private sector for development, it should not be seen as ending every problem.

He noted that what the country needed was direct investment which would create jobs while improving the economy.

‘We see the relation between us as one of risk sharing with the public sector benefiting from the efficiency and equity of the private sector,’ he said.

Speaking at a reception organized for the Global Training Consulting Limited (GTC) by the UK Trade and Investment unit of the British High Commission in Ghana Monday evening, Mr. Pelpuo expressed that it was not government’s intention to allow the private sector to ‘throw money at us just because we are partnering them for development.’

Rather, the private sector would be assured of the public sector support in their bid to making profit along with protecting their investment.

The networking event was hosted to inform key decision makers in the public and private sector in Ghana about the GTC and to provide a platform for senior executives in the country’s public and private sectors to discuss and share ideas for economic growth. It was on the theme: ‘Capacity building solutions to sustain Ghana as a new middle-income country.’

‘Ghana is seeking to be a shining star in the field of public-private partnerships for development and we are appreciative of the enthusiasm of the private sector as well as the support from our development partners to achieve this,’ the minister mentioned.

Therefore, the GTC has expressed interest to enhance and build the capacity of senior officials of the government, chief directors and executives of public and private organizations.

Government of Ghana’s approach on PPP

Ghana intends to play the role of broker or facilitator bringing together various partners and initiatives by strategically using knowledge, relation networks and financial incentives.

Drive transparency in all PPP arrangements through the entire value chain. The current procurement law provides a comprehensive framework and a good starting point.

Ghana government’s priority areas for PPP

The Ghana government has identified some priority areas for possible public-private partnership arrangements including:

Energy and utilities – water, electricity and renewable energy sources

Infrastructure development particularly road networks and railways, harbours and airports

Social housing and agriculture as well as agri-business.

British High Commissioner to Ghana, Peter Jones, on his part, emphasized that building capacity to sustain Ghana’s improving environment for democratic governance and speeding its growth was one of most important issues for organizations.

‘The capability to bring private and public organizations together demands all parties to deliver high performance; it is about creative and cultural change. One of the prime examples where building capacity is critical is in Public- Private Partnership initiatives. GTC knows this is complex and has to be addressed,’ Mr. Jones said.

Paula Nicholson, GTC Associate Director saw President John Mahama’s effort to move Ghana from a low income country to a middle income country as an arduous task, which could be achieved through good governance and strong economical plans to deliver to the people of Ghana the best possible services.

this, she admitted placed ‘on us a solemn responsibility; to see both the Public and Private Sectors grow through human and capacity building, strive for quality and maintain objectivity, fairness and ethics and continue to develop through good economic and social policies.’

‘I am sure that everybody here today will agree that we live in a time of rapid change; Change that is often not predictable, and not always positive. The best way to manage change, whether positive or negative is to anticipate it and prepare for it.

On the basis of my experience with development as an observer and a practitioner, I have come to the conclusion that there is no greater form of preparation for change than working with partners who have experienced that transformation and development first hand. I also think that there is no better investment the nation can make than an investment in training and education of her work force to the highest possible quality,’ Ms. Nicholson narrated.

GTC is a UK based international capacity-development organisation that provides training, consultancy. The specialist Energy division, GTC Energy, offers integrated innovative services for the Energy sector. The company has been a part of the growth seen in the public and private sectors of emerging economies such as Africa, Asia and Middle East.

More than 1,500 senior managers are trained, coached and mentored annually by a team of more than 200 internationally accredited highly experienced business consultants and practitioners in Finance, Human Resources, Public Governance Skills, Management Skills, Compliance & Transparency, PR and Marketing, Public Private Partnerships, Sustainability, National and Business Security.


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