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PPP procurement in developed countries: Experiences and lessons learned
Paper Proposal Text :
The need to modernize the public sector places high demands to new modes of working, forms of cooperation and to reform outdated structures in MENA region. Within this context, the Public Private Partnerships could become an alternative form of organization and financing to meet public responsibilities in the future.
The public-private partnership is a contractual agreement between partners, public and private, that stipulates results to be achieved to improve the delivery of public services. This agreement establishes a real sharing of responsibilities, investments, risks and benefits in order to provide mutual benefits that promote the achievement of results. Through this contract, the company is associated with the design, implementation, operation and, generally, the financing of a project originating from the public administration. In a PPP, there is a sharing of responsibilities, risks and benefits between public and private partners. Thus for GCC countries to achieve the goal of increased access to efficient public services and in view of the Oil prices fall and the drop of financial resources, newer models of private sector participation may play an important role.

However, PPPs are complex, and difficult to be implemented and managed, especially for small projects (Grimsey & Lewis, 2007). Therefore, there should be appropriate approaches to these models so that they can work effectively and benefit in practice as expected for efficient provision of public services. There are several challenges to build sustainable partnerships. The first is undoubtedly the establishment of the contractual agreement. Difficulties related to the definition of the respective responsibilities of the parties, the comparison with internal costs and the precise specification of the services to be delivered are major challenges.

Thus, the main objective of this paper is to provide a synthesis of lessons learnt from country-level experiences mainly on specific practical features of successful public–private partnerships, risks and benefits of Public Private Partnerships.
The paper provides an overview of lessons learned and evidence on current practices regarding the critical factors for success or failure of PPPs. It examines the use of principles to influence Public Private Partnerships design and implementation. The lessons of the different experiments allow us to draw the best practices for the PPP implementation in the GCC countries.

Given the challenges that GCC countries face, the empirical results of this study should be timely and helpful for policymakers