Christian Kingombe (1st left) and Thibaut Mourgues (2nd right) celebrate the creation of WAPU at UNECE PPP Forum, Geneva
The UNECE International PPP forum held in Geneva 7-9 May oversaw important news. UNECE (United Nations Economic Commission for Europe) and UNECA (United Nations Economic Commission for Africa) have agreed to join forces to conduct joint Business Advisory Board (BAB) missions to Africa. These missions driven by private sector experts will support African countries in establishing PPP framework, designing effective and bankable PPP programs or projects that will be oriented toward the Sustainable Development Goals. As an advisor to the BAB, 4IP welcomes this move which will improve coordination and leverage of the international community to support the African continent.
During the same meeting, the founding assembly of the World Association of PPP Units (WAPU) was successfully held. The Association will aim to strengthen the cooperation between PPP units and foster the transition toward People’s First Public Private Partnerships that will directly support SDGs. The Executive Committee of 7 members will comprise representatives of PPP units as well as of private sector. Thibaut Mourgues, Managing Partner of 4IP, was unanimously elected a member of the Executive Committee. 4IP will continue to promote sustainable development through PPPs and will do its utmost to make this initiative an important contributor to sustainable PPPs implementation worldwide.