New York, 5 February 2016 – Jointly convened by the Government of Aruba and the United Nations Office of the High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States (UN-OHRLLS), the Aruba Public-Private Partnerships Conference (P3a) will be held in Oranjestad from March 22nd-24th, 2016 at the Renaissance Resort, Aruba. The Conference will bring together Small Island Developing States with PPP leaders, governments, private companies, financial institutions and knowledge centers to share best practices, showcase successful PPP projects and recall progress made since the Private Sector Partnerships Forum at the 2014 SIDS Conference in Samoa. The Conference will also see the official launch of the SIDS Global Business Network.
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SIDS are at the forefront of conservation and sustainable use of ocean and marine resources but are also among the most vulnerable nations to ocean and coastal degradation. This session will focus on sharing and scaling up the best practices on responsible PPPs including in areas of sustainable fishing and protecting the oceans and marine resources.
Connectivity (ICTs & Transport)
Connectivity remains a crucial issue for SIDS including for accessing the international marketplace whether it be the transport of goods or telecommunications and internet based transactions. This session will focus on how partnerships can expedite and strengthen the progress in these and other related areas
From environmental protection to socio-economic activity, effective and sound infrastructure provides the basis upon which sustainable development is premised in SIDS. It is also an important cross-cutting issue which remains crucial for SIDS and has significant potential towards effective PPPs in SIDS.
A bedrock of cultural and economic activities in SIDS. With the growth in international trade in organic agricultural products, private sector partners will be in a prime position to reinvigorate agricultural production in SIDS, contribute to the livelihoods of rural communities and increase export earnings.
Private sector activities have been a proven cornerstone of the viability of the tourism sector in SIDS and thus reflecting the importance of the sector in socioeconomic development for SIDS. The session will explore how best tourism activities can be further expanded, where capacity allows, and be made more sustainable. Likewise consolidating strong forward and backward linkages of the tourism activities in SIDS and further strengthening institutional development would be critical areas for collaboration.
Renewable energy to fuel the private sector growth in SIDS and to decrease the exposure to oil-price volatility. This session will discuss how SIDS can be the forerunners in switching to renewable energy by taking example of countries, which have already adopted strategies for 100% renewable energy future and scaling-up the existing initiatives.
This session will focus on the cross cutting themes, including public finance, PPPs and governance, which needs to be addressed for creating conditions conducive to SIDS private sector growth and competitiveness.
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|The Kingdom of the Netherlands||United Nations Office of the High Representative for Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States|
|The Government of Aruba||PPP Knowledge Center Aruba|
For more information and to register, visit the the Conference website: www.p3a.org.
Feature Photo: Louise Stoddard/UN-OHRLLS