October 26, 2012
Ali Hamsa touts Malaysia’s PPP Model in India
The public-private partnerships (PPP) initiative, one of the major transformational approaches in the public sector in Malaysia, has worked well for the country’s development, says Chief Secretary to the Government Dato’ Seri Dr. Ali Hamsa.
The PPP model allows government allocation for development projects to be reduced and it can shift its attention to projects that will be implemented and funded by the private sector.
“The PPP experience has shown that truly business is no longer usual. It has also enriched both the public and the private sector, especially by sharing of best practices,” he said at the biennial conference of the Commonwealth Association for Public Administration and Management. His presentation was titled “Reaffirming the Public Service Ethos: The Malaysian Experience”.
“Within a short period of time PPP has become a major mode of private sector driven financing for development projects,” said Ali. In just two years, it has attracted RM65 billion in private investment.
He said while government contracting with the private sector is not new, the emergence of public-private partnership as a form of policy implementation and service delivery was a new development for Malaysia.
“PPPs present new challenges in terms of contract specification, accountability arrangements and governance mechanisms,” he said.
Ali also said the Public-Private Partnership Unit (UKAS), which leads PPP implementation, has taken proactive steps to enhance integrity within its organisation.
Among the major functions of UKAS is to manage the Facilitation Fund, negotiating concession terms and conditions for PPP and the Facilitation Fund and implementing value management process.
UKAS has put in place specific measures to ensure that its function, roles and activities are implemented transparently and with integrity and, adhered to all specified regulations, he added. — Bernama