The institution of the Public-Private Partnership has not gained popularity in Poland, but the government intends to change that by making it more accessible. How to that, what are the problems and how PPP can help the economy grow – such issues were discussed by experts at a seminar organized by Employers of Poland.
The event was entitled “Can the Public-Private Partnership by widely used in Poland?”.
– Why the PPP has not been, to use a colloquial expression, a huge hit? – frankly asked Vicepresidenf of Employers of Poland Rafał Baniak in his opening speech. He also drew attention to the fact that in some countries the Partnership is doing well, which should serve as an inspiration. It could also be included in the so-called “Morawiecki’s plan”.
Meanwhile, figures presented by Paweł Szaciłło, director of the Department of Public-Private Partnership at the Ministry of Economic Development, show that only 100 PPP projects were opened in Poland – 74 percent of them is small, with a value below 50 mln PLN, 60 percent of them relate to energy and education. However, the Ministry intends to change this poor showing.
– We intend to establish a strong institution for coordinating PPP in the government, elaborate a cohesive policy including a diagnosis of the market, identifying barriers and ways to support and popularize PPP – declared director Szaciłło. Adapting the law, as well as organizing promotion and workshops will be the next steps.
Employers of Poland will actively participate in this undertaking – they proposed cooperation with the Ministry in popularizing the PPP, a.o. through participating in the elaboration of Partnership standards for business.
Participants analyzed whether a successful PPP system can be arranged in light of the current shortages. It turns out that it can, but the examples are few. ITPOK in Poznań is one of them: and installation for processing non-hazardous municipal waste. – This project ended with success, because we identified and divided related risks – explained Łukasz Dziekoński, Chairman of the Marguerite Fund at PKO BP.
It is precisely the lack of analysis of what could go wrong that the participants at the seminar consider to be the main cause for the shortcomings of earlier efforts to popularize the PPP. Risk is present in a multitude of areas – technical problems, profitability of investments, credit costs, maintenance costs and changes of political climate.