Private-Public Partnerships (PPPs) may represent the solution to the need for innovative governance within the agro-food sector and respond both to the more communal nature of developing countries’ agricultural traditions and the challenge of land ownership in many African countries.
With this in mind, EMRC and Mazumgunzo convened, under the auspices of the Vice-Chair of the European Parliament Development Committee, Nirj Deva MEP, a roundtable and exhibition on “The Role of Public-Private Partnerships in Sustainable Economic Development”. The event took place on Thursday 19 October 2017 in Brussels. It gathered 55 representatives from the public and private sector, government officials and civil society.
The roundtable was composed of high-level speakers:
- MEP Nirj Deva – Vice-Chair Development Committee, European Parliament
- Patrick I. Gomes – Secretary General, ACP Secretariat
- E. Aziza A. Baroud – Ambassador, Embassy of Chad
- E. Loudon Overson Mattiya – Deputy Permanent Representative, Embassy of Malawi
- Mariusz Tamborski – DG DEVCO - EU Commission
- Elaine Mckay – Social Programs Director, JTI
- Stefan Schepers – Chairman, Governing Council, Mazungumzo
- Idit Miller – VP & Managing Director, EMRC International
The Roundtable discussion highlighted the important contribution of the Private Sector to the success of PPPs, and provided a platform for a lively discussion and important factual presentations. The key message from all was that there is still a lot to achieve in regards to the Public-Private Partnerships and the role of each one of the stakeholders in the same.
Ms. Idit Miller, Vice President and Managing Director of EMRC, highlighted: “For PPPs to succeed the government needs to be coherent and the private sector involved financially and technically. Each party’s role is very important”.
You can access the full report HERE.