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Private Sector Added-Value and Responsibility

Title of the Session

Private Sector Added-Value and Responsibility

Time and Venue

14 June 2015, Marriott Hotel Zamalek – 4:30 pm-6:00 pm

Introduction

Public facilities in Egypt have been decaying since decades and the building of new facilities such as hospitals, schools, social housing or universities are unable to meet the needs of a growing population. Given that the state has been unable to deliver public facilities according to the people’s needs, it is thus crucial to involve other actors such as the private sector. . Public-private partnership (PPP) as a means of cooperation of the state and the private sector, may be one way of delivering public facilities, infrastructure and services more effectively, faster and less costly for the state. This session highlights current examples of PPPs in Egypt, its advantages and risks and aims to explore how PPPs could be a win-win solution for the state and the private sector and last but not least the citizens.

The aim of the Panel is to discuss:

  • What can be said about PPPs in Egypt in the past 10 years? What have been the most successful examples of PPPs?
  • Should PPPs be widely adopted by local government?
  • How has the role of the private sector and the state evolved in relation to the provision of housing units? Are we moving in the right direction?
  • What are the benefits and challenges of working with the private sector? What is the enabling environment for meaningful and effective partnerships with the private sector?
  • What are the lessons learned from existing initiatives?

Panelists:

Dr. Ahmed Hassanein, Associate Dean for Undergrad Studies and Administration, School of Business, American University in Cairo

Mrs. Jackie Kameel, Managing Director, Nahdet el Mahrousa NGO

Eng. Omar Sabbour, Managing Director, Sinai Management and Development (SMD)

Moderator:

Mrs. Nahla Zeitoun, Assistant Resident Representative, Poverty Team Leader, United Nations Development Fund