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Bill seeking major changes in PPP Authority placed in parliament

The amendment also proposes to allow the vice-chairperson in the absence of the chairperson of the PPP Authority to chair any meeting

Update : 06 Apr 2023, 01:54 PM

The government on Thursday introduced a bill in the parliament seeking to make major changes in the role of the Public-Private Partnership (PPP) Authority of the country in the exercise of financial and administrative powers and performance of functions.

The bill, titled The Bangladesh Public-Private Partnership (PPP) (Amendment) Bill, 2023, was placed in the House by Liberation Affairs Minister AKM Mozammel Huq, who is in charge of the Prime Minister's Office in parliament.

It was then sent to the respective committee for further scrutiny and sent back to the House within 30 days.

The existing law states that the PPP Authority shall be impartial and independent in the exercise of financial and administrative powers and performance of functions.

But in the proposed amendment, the word independent has been dropped.

The Bangladesh Public-Private Partnership (PPP) Act, 2015, was enacted to create a partnership with the private sector by attracting local and foreign investment aimed at improving the living standards of the people and expediting the country's socioeconomic progress as well as building infrastructure.

The amendment also proposes to allow the vice-chairperson in the absence of the chairperson of the PPP Authority to chair any meeting, and the number of meetings per year will be at least two.

The bill also seeks to change the appointing authority of the PPP Authority from the Board of Governors to the government.

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