Business News of 2014-03-21

Finance Ministry organises first training course in PPPs

The Ministry of Finance (MoF) has organised its first training course in Public Private Partnership programmes (PPPs) at the Civil Service Training Centre (CSTC) in Accra.

The three-day foundational course is one of a series of programmes designed to explain the fundamental concepts of PPP projects to trainers of the Centre. The purpose is to use the trainers as resource persons to disseminate PPP knowledge throughout the civil and public services in the country.

The training programme forms part of the capacity building initiative by the Public Investment Division at the MoF to deliver the vision of a capable cadre of trainers, educators, transaction mangers and managers of Ghana’s PPP Programme.

The course contents included Foundational Concepts in PPPs, Making PPPs Work – Tools and Techniques, Making PPPs Work – Environmental elements of a PPP project and Identifying the actions that enhance PPPs.

The Deputy Minister of Finance, Hon. Ato Forson, who opened the course, said promoting growth, for better service and infrastructure delivery, through public private partnership is a major goal of the government.

Mr. Forson said developing the capacity of the country’s people and institutions to engage with the rest of the world on PPPs is critical in promoting and implementing effective PPPs in Ghana. He noted that, “beyond this initial event, the Ministry of Finance will continue to engage with the Civil Service Training Centre and other institutions of learning to ensure that we fully develop the capacity we need”.

Mrs Magdalene Apenteng, Director of the Public Investment Division at the Ministry, said there will be at least four follow-up training courses for the participants as well as on-line courses. She said plans are also advanced for the Ghana PPP Programme to collaborate with business schools and the Ghana Law School to develop curricula, over the next two years, for the development of academic programmes in PPP education in Ghana.

Mrs. Dora Gyawa Dei –Tumi, the Principal at CSTC said the institute was pleased to partner with the Ministry of Finance to train civil and public servants for the successful implementation of the Ghana PPP Programme. She applauded the work done in developing a comprehensive course to build the capacity of the civil service with the CSTC as a major partner.

Source: MoF
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