Ensure PPP to attain SDGs: Speakers

Speakers at a seminar laid emphasis on ensuring public-private partnership (PPP) to attain sustainable development goals (SDGs) to create entrepreneurial ventures.

They also suggested the government to take necessary measures to eliminate the barriers for PPP implementation to achieve the desired goals.

Entrepreneurial Economists club of Dhaka School of Economics (DScE) organised the seminar titled ‘Public-Private Partnership for Entrepreneurial Venture Perspectives of Bangladesh’ on DScE campus in the capital on Saturday.

At the seminar, Palli Karma-Sahayak Foundation (PKSF) Chairman Dr Qazi Kholiquzzaman Ahmad said PPP is a good initiative for balanced development, but scope for inclusion of private sector has to be increased. Ease of doing business and introduction of one stop services also have to be ensured to become successful in PPP.

He said, “Admission process of four years entrepreneurial economics programme under Dhaka University has been started and Economic Incubator will be established in DScE under PPP.

DScE Professor Muhammad Mahboob Ali said, “PPP could be a successful model for Bangladesh as neighbouring India also is implementing different initiatives under PPP.

He urged the government to wipe out the existing barriers for implementing PPP successfully. Trust must be created among public -private partners and praised that BARI scientists who first released high-yielding Chives-1 in 2017 which has been thought of as an alternative to onion-garlic and now needs Govt. patronizing. 

He also urged for establishing  Societal bank to ensure prime minister’s long desire to channelisation of micro savings into micro investment.

Chief Executive Officer and Secretary of PPP Authority of Prime Minister’s Office Muhammad Alkama Siddiqui delivered the keynote.

He said the concept of PPP is not new in Bangladesh as it was exercised in 1996 in power sector for the first time.

Mentioning that the present government after assuming in power has taken effective measures in implementing PPP, Siddiqui said currently many projects are being implemented under PPP.

He said PPP has huge potentiality and opportunity for the development of country that is why PPP has to ensure for achieving SDGs.

Dhaka University Management Department’s Associate Professor Dr Shabnam  Jahan, and DScE’s Assistant Professors Rehana Parveen and Sarah Tasneem also spoke.