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Mr. Gebhard Ott, who is seconded to CDIA’s partner organization, the Public-Private Partnership Center of the Philippines (PPPC) attended on behalf of CDIA the “Workshop between the Philippines and Japan on PPP Projects in the Area of Waste Management” on February 01, 2018 in Quezon City, Philippines.
The learning objective of the gathering of Philippine and Japan delegations was to have a better understanding of the characteristics of waste-related PPP projects in the Philippines, including its challenges, opportunities, assistance needed by Local Government Units (LGUs), as well as future opportunities for support from domestic and/or international organizations.
Participants from the Philippines included officials of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Department of Finance, the PPP Center of the Philippines and other national agencies as well as representatives from LGUs, banking and finance groups, and possible investors. On the Japanese side, officials from the Ministry of the Environment, Japan Environmental Facilities Manufacturers Association, Overseas Environmental Cooperation Center, and the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies, among others, attended the workshop. The Asian Development Bank’s Office of Public-Private Partnership was represented by Mr. Amer Chowdhury.
Mr. Ott highlighted CDIA’s support in the sectors of Solid Waste Management and Wastewater Management for cities in several Asian countries, not only in preparing studies that will increase the bankability of their proposed project/s to investors, but also in increasing the capacities of cities to implement waste-related projects. He further mentioned CDIA’s cooperation with the PPPC to produce a new guidebook for LGUs in the Philippines on PPP projects.