Last week, I had the chance to attend a three day PPP training program as a member of an official delegation to Bucharest. Turkish Embassy in Bucharest, Republic of Turkey Ministry of Economy, Ministry of Public Finance of Romania and Ministry of Transport of Romania organized a 3-day intensive PPP training program. More than 75 romanian public officials from different line ministries participated.

Despite the fact that the content of the prepared training program was very intensive due to shortage of time the interest and attandence of the participants did not decrease until the last session. This shows how important PPP projects are for romanian public officials.

However, the fact that some representatives of the business world such as consultants and lawyers; as well as finance experts from the Ministry of Finance, were among the participants, gave the opportunity to broaden the scope of the discussions.

Not only during the training session discussions but also in individual conversations we received insight on the future of the PPP projects in Romania.

First of all, it is a common fact that PPP projects are an important tool for social and economic development of countries.

During the sessions the participants were not looking for answers to the question “Why PPP Projects”, instead they were more interested in how to deliver better services for the society with a better preparation process.

Romania has a great potential both for economic development and for infrastructure investments. Population, geography, the efforts of citizens to contribute to the development of the country is the main element contributing to the increase of this potential.

Many infrastructural projects are planned to be realized in a short period of time such as railroads, tunnels and motorways. It is also important for us to get to know that Romania has a few hundred million euro projects in the tender process which showed us the potential of the country.

The feedback we received from the participants after the training program were about the following:

  • PPP projects are an important tool for the development of an country.
  • The important step for a successfull PPP project is to develop and structure a project really well. Hence projections and outputs must be well-defined and a common belief should be developed.
  • PPP projects should never forget to contribute to the 4th P which stands for People.
  • Countries that are planning to enter the field of PPP newly; planning to implement PPP projects have to consider during the development phase of the project to make it understood easily by all by using a common language.
  • It has been observed that a good legal framework is important for the success of PPP projects, but at the same time it is also very important for the motivation of the people who implement the projects and their believe in the process.
  • In particular, legal arrangements are crucial to enlighten decision-makers, clarify steps to be taken and share responsibility to reduce decision risks in countries with no PPP experience.
  • With the adaptation of public procurement and public procurement laws of EU members or candidate countries, PPP projects are required both for the legal and implementation processes to have completed the necessary arrangements in domestic law for the rapid progress of the processes.
  • Countries connected to Eurostat have to calculate the charges of a PPP project to the public budget and the fact that these projects can not be shown in off-budget items is a problem.
  • The process of capacity building is very important in the countries that have started PPP processes.
  • Successful implemented PPP projects are very important for countries in order to present success stories. 

Finally, with the establishment of a new PPP law by the Romanian government shows that PPP will be discussed more in the future of this country. In this context, I would like to underline that the 3-day training program supported by the Ministries is a very important initiative.