The government has adopted private-partnership programme (PPP) as an option to leverage private sector funding for infrastructure development, Mrs Magdalene Apenteng, the Director of the Public Investment Division of the Ministry of Finance, has said.
That, she said, was being done with a consistent and well-organised focus on developing a pipeline of bankable projects, an interactive and continuous capacity-building framework and a comprehensive communication plan.
Mrs Apenteng was speaking at the launch of the first PPP basic course in Accra which brought together members of staff of selected ministries and the private sector.
The Ministry of Finance has been implementing PPP over the last three years after the development and launch of the programme in 2011.
Mrs Apenteng said PPP was central to the government’s development agenda, as it would help accelerate development and the provision of critical infrastructure.
“It also serves as a vehicle to promote the indigenous Ghanaian private sector, as well as deepen its involvement in the overall development of the country,” she said.
She said the launch of the course was part of government’s continuing effort to promote the understanding of the PPP concept and galvanise support to provide better public infrastructure and services.
The director added that there was always the need to create an appropriate environment for the growth of PPPs through effective consultation with various stakeholders involved to promote a common understanding of the concept in national development.
Mrs Dora Dei-Tumi, the Principal of the Civil Service Training Centre (CSTC), said as a public service training institution which operated as the citadel of knowledge for adult learning, “we have focused on developing the functional effectiveness and efficiency of personnel in the Civil and Public services through the delivery of leading edge courses”.
She said that was to ensure that patrons of the courses remained informed and relevant to their organisations.
She said it was against that backdrop that the CSTC entered into collaboration with the Public Investment Division of the Ministry of Finance to develop the course, which had been endorsed by the government.
Mrs Dei-Tumi said PPP was relatively a new experience in most developing countries, especially Africa, and that the course was meant to be the first step in building the capacity of various stakeholders.
Nana K. Agyekum Dwamena, the Head of the Civil Service, said his outfit would continue to liaise with the Finance Ministry to provide civil servants with technical support to partner meaningful private sector organisations for productive economic growth.