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November 19, 2013

Launch of PPP for Sustainable Electricity Development Program

GSEP officially launched in Warsaw, Poland, during the COP19, its Public-Private Partnerships (PPP) for Sustainable Electricity Development Program in collaboration with the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) International PPP Center of Excellence. [ ]

With the presence of key players in the field, including the International Finance Organization (IFC), the African Development Bank, The Energy & Resources Institute (TERI), UNDP, UNIDO and the World Energy Council (WEC), among others, GSEP hosted a Roundtable on Strategies for Successful PPPs in the Sustainable Electricity Sector. GSEP presented its new program and objectives and throughout the roundtable, these major international organizations expressed their strong support for the initiative. It was clear from the discussions that the program’s objective to create a forum that will empower decision makers in developing and transition economies to define the best strategies and practices for the successful implementation of PPPs in the sustainable electricity sector was in line with the overall objectives of these organizations in their work on PPPs.

This program is one of several concrete commitments the major electricity companies made in support of UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon’s Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) initiative. One program conference was already completed this year – in Belgrade (November 12-13, for participants from Eastern and Central Europe and Central Asia). A conference targeting Latin America will take place next year in Buenos Aires in collaboration with ECLAC. A third conference will follow in New Delhi in collaboration with TERI. A conference targeting Africa is also being planned in 2014.

Top leaders from international organizations such as IFC, WEC, and TERI have already endoresed this program. The potential for strong PPP development exists in many developing and transition economies, and by joining efforts with these organizations and by creating a strong network of experts with lessons learned from implemented projects, this program can have a real impact in helping create a bottom-up approach to sustainable electricity development.

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