The ASEAN Public-Private Partnership (PPP) Networking Forum was held in Manila , the Philippines on December 16-17 to discuss PPP as an innovative financing mechanism to realise the Master Plan on ASEAN Connectivity (MPAC), according to the ASEAN Secretariat’s press release.

The forum brought together senior officials and experts from various agencies in the ten member countries, international financial organisations and development partners.

They shared experience, discussed proposed PPP guidelines and explored strategies to attract the private sector’s investment in infrastructure in the region.

In addition, they also touched upon issues related to mobilising resources for MPAC through PPP, countries’ experience on PPP, proposed ASEAN PPP Guidelines/Principles, and creating a more conducive environment to PPP at the regional, national and local government levels.

The forum was organised by the Philippine Permanent Mission to ASEAN with support from the ASEAN Connectivity Coordinating Committee (ACCC), the Office of ASEAN Affairs of the Philippines’ Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), and the PPP Center of the Philippines . It was supported by the Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA) and ASEAN Regional Integration Support from the EU (ARISE).-VNA