Public-Private Partnerships have a key role to play in the development of the Asia Pacific region. As a "culture of partnership working" extends further throughout international organizations, governments and the private sector, innovative solutions are being developed all the time. The range of opportunities is as wide as the range of the entire region itself - partnerships for education, urban development, improved government services delivery, and industrial ecology are some of these opportunities.
The United Nations General Assembly promulgated the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in 2002, developing a global partnership for development being one of the eight goals. As a form of blueprint agreed by all the world's countries and leading development institutions, it upholds the cooperation with the private sector to make available the benefits of new technologies-especially information and communication technologies. Likewise, the 2004 Bonn Declaration as well as the 2008 Manila Declaration advocates public private partnerships which are pivotal to human-centered sustainable development.
As a continuation of the advocacy to build and suggest models for cooperation and partnerships in TVET, CPSC, in collaboration with the UNESCO-UNEVOC International Centre in TVET in Bonn, Germany/ Capacity Building International (InWEnt)/ European Training Foundation organized an International Symposium on “Public Private Partnership in TVET: Challenges, Opportunities and Best Practices” on 1st and 2nd of December, 2008 with the input and cooperation of various international and regional organizations, and government agencies and private institutions & organizations.
Objectives of the Symposium
- The Objectives of the symposium were:
- To determine the approaches and innovations in public-private partnership;
- To share best practices and models of public-private partnership; and
- To examine PPP challenges and opportunities
On the whole, the symposium provided a venue for government officials, heads or representatives of private institutions and non-government organizations, policy makers, educators, and senior administrators to identify and share different approaches and best practices in public private partnership for sustainable TVET in the Asia Pacific region.