International Public-Private Partnerships Summit

07 Sep 2006

Countdown for the “International Public-Private Partnerships Summit” has started. Business world and the public will meet in Ankara on 15-16 September for sustainable development.

International organizations, leading representatives of the public sector, national and foreign investors and financers will meet in Ankara on 15-16 September 2006 for the “International Public-Private Partnerships Summit” to share their experiences on sustainable development in the area of public-private sector partnerships, and to discuss the ways of developing new cooperations.

The participants will share their legal, financial and technical expertise at the Summit, which is organized by Corporate Social Responsibility Association in collaboration with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the World Bank and UK Trade & Investment, and supported by related ministries and governmental institutions of Turkey. The Summit will also be attended by representatives from Turkish private sector companies which have declared their commitment to the 10 global principles of the Global Compact, who will discuss ethical business values and the role of corporate social responsibility.

Establishing the infrastructure of partnerships

President of the Corporate Social Responsibility Association, Serdar Dinler, who spoke before the Summit, said that they hope this Summit will be a significant step in establishing the infrastructure for public-private sector partnerships. “Public-private sector partnership is a necessity, not a passing trend,” said Dinler, pointing out that public-private partnership and social responsibility concepts will soon be exhausted if they are applied without first building the essential infrastructure. “These practices must be implemented in such a way as to benefit the economy over the long term. And for that, solid infrastructures should be developed with the help of all social stakeholders,” Dinler added.

UN Secretary-General’s Special Advisor on the Global Compact, Prof. Klaus M. Leisinger, UN/Turkey’s Resident Coordinator and UNDP Representative Mr. Mahmood Ayub, World Bank’s Director in Turkey, Mr. Andrew Vorkink, and the Head of International Strategy of International Financial Services London (IFSL), Stephan Haris will be among the participants at this Summit.