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GIZ has recently assigned a development worker to CDIA’s national partner organization, the Public-Private Partnership (PPP) Center of the Philippines to strengthen its capacity to aid Philippine cities successfully implement infrastructure projects through PPP mechanisms.
Mr. Gebhard Ott is expected to provide technical advice in analyzing impediments to PPP projects, developing strategies, and implementing concrete activities to facilitate project implementation. He is among the pool of GIZ development workers, who come from various professional backgrounds and provide advisory support to partner countries involved in international cooperation with Germany.
His assignment in the Philippines is part of the agreement between CDIA and the PPP Center to help strengthen its role as service and knowledge provider leading to an increased number of successful infrastructure projects.
Prior to his current post, Mr. Ott had worked closely with partner organizations, being a Development Advisor in Pontianak, Indonesia for the Sustainable Regional Economic Growth and Investment Programme (SREGIP) between GIZ and the National Development Planning Agency of Indonesia (BAPPENAS) – Directorate for Urban and Rural Development. Towards promoting local and regional economic development, he advised public authorities at district and provincial levels in coordinating and implementing projects together with various stakeholders from the private sector along the value chains of agricultural commodities.
Mr. Ott had likewise worked with private enterprises in areas such as organizational development, business processes and innovation, among others. He is an Economic Geographer by profession with a background in regional development focusing on urban and rural planning as well as business development.
With his work experience and educational background, he hopes to support the work of the PPP Center as well as act as bridge between the PPP Center and CDIA. “In my role as Development Worker, I hope I can be of great help to the PPP Center in assisting the PPPC staff translate their broad knowledge of PPP into actual project implementation at the city level,” said Mr. Ott.