As governments around the world seek to provide a growing population with the required public services and infrastructure, there is an increased interest in using Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) as a solution. In the UAE, the PPP framework that is evident acknowledges and structures the role for government as one that ensures that social obligations are met through successful sector reforms and public investments alongside private sector engagement. This participatory model hold vast potential and requires policy adaptation to optimize the mutual benefits to the public and private sector as well as citizens.
In 2015, the state government of Dubai enacted Law No 22 on Public Private Partnerships to leverage economic development through sustainable development projects. In so doing, Dubai modelled international best practices and entered into PPPs which attracted private capital investment, supplemented public resources in a post oil economy, created employment opportunities, increased efficiency and accountability in numerous sectors. As a result of these PPPs, public provisions have seen remarkable reforms and diversification. The Department of Finance (DoF), who overseas PPPs in Dubai, clearly articulated the importance of this model for national and regional development in the 2016 edition of the PPP guidebook, which they developed. Successful examples of PPPs have been realized in the following sectors:
- Technology & Innovation
- Sustainable Development
The UAE Public Policy Forum is organized by the Mohammed Bin Rashid School and aims to evaluate and discuss the potential of public private partnerships in the aforementioned areas to help private and public sector stakeholders to evaluate ongoing PPPs in the UAE, exchange ideas and experiences of best practice in PPPs and establish networks for future PPP policy development.
The plenaries, seminars, academic presentations, exhibits and knowledge hubs at the forum will be structured around six pillars:
- Defining, designing and evaluating PPPs. (What are PPPs in the UAE context?)
- Enabling environments for PPPs . (Political , legal, financial and institutional frameworks)
- Strategic Planning for PPPs. (What is the process for developing and implementing a PPP project?).
- Accountability and performance of PPPs (case studies, alternative models)
- Technology and innovation in PPPs
- Policy development for PPPs in the future.
Taking place on March 12th and 13th 2017, the two days forum will focus on a range of key topics, including and not limited to:
- Public Private partnership in Education
- Global Standards of excellence
- Effectiveness of education reforms
- Paradigm shift in UAE education
- Innovation and technology
- Capacity Building through Education
Who should attend
The UAE Public Policy Forum is for key decision makers interested or involved exploring public-private partnerships. Delegates will benefit from opportunities to network with the industry’s most influential professionals, experts, service providers and public leaders. Conference demographics include:
Government: key decision makers across municipal, state and federal levels of governments including public agencies focused on healthcare, education, transportation, ICT and sustainable development.
Private Sector: executives, presidents, vice presidents, business development leaders, investors and managing directors
High Education: chief financial officers, business officers, researchers, academics, students, chancellors, governing board members, and Deans
Public: a general audience with an interest in PPP
Delegates from the general public will benefit from our industry experts presenting their knowledge and valuable insights into the PPP trends that are redefining the public sector.
More experienced professional delegates will benefit from our networking opportunities to cultivate relationships with key industry influencers.