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Experts for identifying reasons behind slow PPP implementation

Update : 01 Aug 2013, 02:19 AM

Business leaders and economists have stressed on identification of the reasons behind the slow progress in implementation of the public private partnership initiatives and ensuring maximum success in project implementation.

They put the emphasis at a seminar titled "Public-Private Partnership in Bangladesh," organised by the Dhaka School of Economics (DSoE), an institution of the Dhaka University, at the auditorium of Bangladesh Economic Association (BEA) in the city yesterday.

Director General of Prime Minister's Office Dr Mahmudur Rahman presented the keynote paper presided over by chairman of the governing council and director of DSoE Dr Qazi Kholiquzzaman Ahmad.

"We want to see the full implementation of PPP as it is not a matter which will exist in plans," said Anwarul Alam Chowdhury, former President of Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA).

He, however, suggested adopting BOT and BOOT for project implementation as they have been successful in India, Malaysia, Thailand and other developing countries. "We have to identify options based on the nature of the projects and size. We should take the option which is most viable in implementation of the project."

Chowdhury expressed frustration over delay in implantation of Dhaka-Chittagong four-lane project and said only 36% of the project has been implemented over the last eight years.

He stressed on political stability, stable government, undisrupted power and gas supply for proper implementation of the PPP projects.

Kholiquzzaman said: "We have to work together rather highlighting only the negative aspects and then be able to achieve the target."

He said: "First of all we have to identify problems then necessary steps have to be taken setting target on priority basis."

The government has failed to make PPP operational after spending much time, said BEA General Secretary Prof Dr Toufiq Ahmad Choudhury, adding that it is important for reducing corruption in the public sector and private management. He also said PPP is mostly needed in implementing government projects.

"There is nothing to be frustrated, all the problems will be resolved if the PPP Law is approved," said Mahmudur Rahman. He emphasised improving the investment climate for attracting private investment.

Former Deputy Governor of Bangladesh Bank Khondkar Ibrahim Khaled and Director of the Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FBCCI) Abdul Haque also spoke at the meeting.

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