Public-private partnerships should be promoted

There is a tendency to rely on the government to provide public infrastructure, community facilities and related services; however, the Government does not have the resources to fully fund all the required public facilities.

There is a tendency to rely on the government to provide public infrastructure, community facilities and related services; however, the Government does not have the resources to fully fund all the required public facilities.

With limited resources, the government is sometimes forced to prioritize. Instead of delaying projects until government funding is available, communities should consider Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs).

Such partnerships are characterized by the sharing of investment, risk, responsibility and reward between the partners. Both the public and the private sector have unique characteristics that provide them with advantages in specific aspects of service or project delivery.

There is no point in having to wait to get a school, road or hospital in your community just because the government has no funding. Local government representatives should engage the private sector entities in their respective communities and, together, they can come up with strategies on how to develop public infrastructure in their communities.

Additionally, local businesses could enter into joint ventures amongst themselves or with multinational or regional companies to undertake public projects. Other than creating an enabling environment, the government can extend other incentives including, tax holidays, capacity building programs and expertise for companies that are engaged in activities with greater impact on the lives of the general population.

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