On June 18, 2013 Public Private Partnership in Action: Success Stories, Barriers, Prospects conference was held in Kaluga. The event was organized by the Government of Kaluga Region and the Civic Chamber of the Russian Federation.
Nikolay Lyubimov, Deputy Governor of Kaluga Region, in his welcoming speech pointed out that application of a wide range of cooperation models will help promoting the region’s economic success.
The conference participants discussed the most acute public private partnership issues, including cooperation of the government agencies and private businesses in construction, utilities and education fields.
Representatives of government agencies mentioned the following problems associated with the public private partnership model: insufficient financing of certain industries, low quality of tender documentation, weakening financial and economic standing of the existing service providers and decrease in the number of possible contracting models (for instance in the field of water supply and sewage systems operation).
A number of successful public private partnership projects were presented including Saint Petersburg Ring Road (Western High-Speed Diameter).
All conference participants shared a common point of view that the most acute issue is the development of a legislative basis for public private partnership model. This is required to strengthen the national economy and to implement large-scale social projects.