January 25, 2016 By Alusine Sesay
The Public Private Partnership (PPP) Unit in the Office of the President, with support from the British High Commission in Sierra Leone, has organised a two-day training of officials from government ministries and agencies and members of the private sector on the structure, risk and challenges of the PPP process.
Established by an Act of Parliament in 2014, the Unit is, among other things, charged with the primary role of collaborating and providing technical support to Ministries, Departments, Agencies (MDAs) and Local Councils in engaging the private sector to deliver public sector services.
The Unit is considered an important partner in harmonising and regulating relationships between public and private sectors in achieving win-win solutions to the infrastructural development of Sierra Leone.
Speaking to Concord Times, Director of PPP Abu Kamara said since the establishment of the Unit several in-house trainings had been undertaken and that they saw the need to cascade the information and knowledge gained to MDAs and members of the private sector.
“At the end of the session, we expect participants to have had a fair knowledge of the PPP projects and the benefits involve,” he said.
50 participants were selected from various MDAs and the private sector to participate in the training at the Sierra Lighthouse, Aberdeen, west of Freetown.
Kamara added that PPP law was important because it creates an enabling environment for both the government and private sector to effectively partner and enhance national development, adding that emphasis had been placed in the agricultural and energy sectors.
“PPP process is win-win especially when structured properly. If you have private partners that can implement effectively, government would achieve on a project with effective delivery of service to the public,” he noted.
He said the Unit facilitates the process of identifying PPP projects, conducting pre-feasibility and feasibility studies to determine their viability and managing the PPP procurement process, as well as monitor and evaluate the implementation of projects.
He reiterated that PPP was important especially for Sierra Leone which is an emerging economy, citing access to finance as key to the achievement of PPP goals.
The PPP director expressed thanks to the British High Commission for their support in organising the training session for MDAs and the private sector.
Mayor of Makeni City Council, Sunkari Kabba-Kamara, has challenged women to take their right place in society, side by side their male counterparts, as a means to reduce male domination in high places.
Mayor Sunkari made this statement while given her keynote address at the 3rd Girl Child Network Sierra Leone Annual National Girls Empowerment Conference themed “Girls Stay Safe and Healthy.”
She noted that male domination would reduce if there are more educated women in society.
She thanked Girl Child Network Executive Director, Anita Koroma, for her initiative, which she described as “a good vision”.
The mayor said Makeni City Council was the right place to nurture such initiative, and pledged councils support for the initiative to young girls live a asafe and healthy life.
She further stated that the council was ready to work with the girls’ empowerment organisation to ensure that the girls stay in school.
Earlier, Girl Child Network Executive Director, Anita Koroma, in her purpose of declaration, told the gathering that their vision was to see girls standup to play their role in society. She said their goal was to see quality educated women, with equal opportunities for men and women regardless of their education, colour, region or religion.
The event brought together 100 girls nationwide.
A football match, cultural display and march pass along major streets in Makeni, were highlights of the celebration.