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Spotlight 2019: Reshaping governance for sustainability

The 2019 Spotlight Report report dives more deeply into the (global) governance arrangements and institutions that will be necessary to implement alternative policies and to unleash the transformative potential of the SDGs. It offers analysis and recommendations on how to strengthen inclusive and participatory governance and to overcome obstacles and gaps in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda and the SDGs. In doing this, it poses a strong call to action to world leaders just in advance of the SDG Summit in September 2019.

Source: www.2030spotlight.org

Infrastructure and privatization market is heating up

KPMG is rubbing its hands over privatization fever in Brazil. “Initiatives are currently underway to reorganize and streamline the previously scattered infrastructure procurement process for much higher efficiency and participation—including enhanced governance concerning approval and tendering of projects and efforts to minimize or combine the number of authorities and ministries involved.”

Source: KPMG

The next phase of the privatisation program will focus on ‘public private partnerships’

The next phase of the federal government’s privatisation program will focus on ‘public private partnerships’ says Alex Okoh, the Director General of the Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE). Among the first targets: housing. “The new phase targets reforms mostly in the utility and infrastructure sectors which include; water resources, railways airports and highways.” Okoh stated this “when he received a Word Bank delegation led by the Senior Economist (Economics and Private Sector Development), Mr. Volker Treichel which visited the Bureau’s head office in Abuja [and] said this was aimed at correcting the infrastructural deficit in the country.”

Source: pop-client

Rio Grande do Sul state has launched an initiative to promote concessions and “public-private partnerships”

Rio Grande do Sul state has launched an initiative to promote concessions and “public-private partnerships” (PPPs). “The government started the ‘RS Parcerias’ program to structure and present infrastructure projects for investors. ‘What we are doing in this act is to demonstrate that Rio Grande do Sul has made a very strong and clear decision regarding the partnership with the private sector. We are not thinking about how we can solve this problem. We are saying clearly that the government is aware that the state government alone is not the answer to all the needs of the population, said state governor Eduardo Leite. (…) Concessions for the RSC-287 and ERS-324 highways, state capital Porto Alegre's central bus station, and Sapucaia do Sul zoo are the first projects in the PPP program. Together they demand a 3.4bn-real (US$883mn) investment over 30 years. The government is weighing PPPs for 752km of highways, currently administrated by the state, along with PPPs for local port waterways and school building.”

“Public-private partnerships” take too long to implement

The Department of Finance says privately-led “public-private partnerships” take too long to implement. “To show the government’s commitment to fast-track the country’s infrastructure development, Dominguez said the Duterte administration decided to take on the lead to construct the key projects under its “Build, Build, Build” program.”

Source: business.mb.com.ph

Prisoners hold a direct debate with parliamentarians

In a rare encounter, prisoners hold a direct debate with parliamentarians. “They asked questions about the privatization of motorways and airports and questioned the value of these privatizations. They also talked about the wealth tax. One of them had a good thought which surprised me on the relative impoverishment of France while noting that wealth is now being redistributed to other countries like China.” [Midi Libre, 8 March 2019]

Source: peopleoverprof.it

"The federal government needs to make a massive commitment to building public works"

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka tells congress the federal government needs to make a massive commitment to building public works. But there are conditions. “Fundamental labor standards specific to construction and transportation, which have been included in past infrastructure investment statutes, must be attached to all federally assisted projects. Collective bargaining agreements and family-supporting wages and benefits must not be undermined by low-wage bids, and public-sector pay, benefits and labor rights must be protected when special interests push privatization and contracting-out schemes.”

Source: aflcio.org

The New York Times has run a front page investigative story on the collapse of the Morandi Bridge in Genoa

The New York Times has run a front page investigative story on the collapse of the Morandi Bridge in Genoa and how privatization and weak government oversight contributed to it. “Beyond potential negligence,” the Times reports, “the case has exposed what critics say are deep systemic failings in how Italy privatized roadways. Autostrade reaped huge profits and acquired so much power that the state became a largely passive regulator. While no evidence has emerged that inspection findings were manipulated, the company effectively regulated itself—because Autostrade's parent company owned the inspection company responsible for safety checks on the Morandi Bridge. ‘The government was happy to leave the system to exploit drivers and share in the bounty produced by tolls,’ [Prof. Marco Ponti] said in a recent phone interview, having just headed a commission to assess the viability of a high-speed rail link with France. ‘And because it's a long concession, nobody is really looking at it, except bureaucrats and the superpower that is Autostrade,’ he added. ‘And they became close friends.’”

Source: www.nytimes.com

‘Public-private partnership’ is raising concern among carriers, users and the consumers

A 30-year concession let out to Chinese interests for a main commercial road from Pointe-Noire is raising concern among carriers, users and the Consumers ' Association that the ‘public-private partnership’ concession “will quickly bring about an increase in transport prices and hence that of essential products.” Management “is ceded to a private consortium which must maintain and make profitable this route built by billions of FCFA thanks to Chinese pre-financing.” The Congolese Association of consumer rights “is convinced that the tariffs for the crossing of toll stations are already being revised upward for motorists. These rates range from 1500 F for sedans to 40,000 F for heavy goods vehicles. It's huge and it's going to weigh heavily on the housewife's basket,” they say.

Source: RFI Afrique

Proposals to privatise the management of Hyderabad’s Outer Ring Road have been shelved

Proposals to privatise the management of Hyderabad’s Outer Ring Road (ORR) have been shelved. “The idea was to take leverage of the pension funds from abroad, as the return of investment is much better here than in countries such as the United States, Canada and Australia, and investors would, for this very reason, be keen on funding the infrastructure projects of the developing country. The Hyderabad Metropolitan Development Authority would have been the first urban development authority in the country to adopt this route, if the proposal had gone through. However, the proposal, castigated by many as it involved privatisation of ORR, has been lying with the government for over a year now. No decision has been taken as yet, the officials said.”

Source: The Hindu

ATU Local 113 has released a video “Keep Transit Public”

Eglinton 2020, which campaigns for the full delivery of the “Eglinton Connects” streetscape across Toronto's longest east-west arterial thoroughfare, says “stop Toronto Transit Commission privatization. Province already gave same few multinationals: #SNCLavalin, Aecon profits from privatized transit expansion and 30-year maintenance contracts.” ATU Local 113 has released a video “Keep Transit Public.”

Source: ATU Local 113

The government will focus on attracting private investment in infrastructure projects

The government will focus on attracting private investment in infrastructure projects. “Speaking at a workshop on infrastructure development, financing and governance in Asia, Deputy Minister of Planning and Investment Vũ Đại Thắng said the Vietnamese Government had paid special attention to promoting private investment, especially via the public-private partnership (PPP) model, in recent years. He cited statistics that Việt Nam has attracted 147 PPP projects worth a total VNĐ1.14 quadrillion (US$52 billion), contributing significantly to improving infrastructure in the country.”

Source: vietnamnews.vn