WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Public Private Partnership Development Program (P3DP), a five-year USAID-funded program implemented by FHI Development 360, has been approved for membership in the U.S.-Ukraine Business Council (USUBC) by the USUBC’s executive committee. USUBC's membership now includes over 190 organizations for the first time.


The Public Private Partnership Development Program (P3DP) began operations in Ukraine in October 2010.  The goal of Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) is to engage private sector financing and industry expertise in the delivery of public goods and services that are traditionally the sole responsibility of Government. The central focus of P3DP is supporting implementation of 10 successful PPP pilot projects across a broad range of economic sectors.

P3DP assistance will promote a more positive PPP environment by pursuing four interrelated objectives: 1) enhancements to the legal and regulatory framework; 2) establishment of a PPP Unit; 3) awareness and capacity development; and, 4) implementation of pilot PPPs.   

P3DP promotes public-private partnerships as a model to improve communal services and infrastructure in Ukraine.  Assisting the Ministry of Economic Development & Trade (MOEDT) to develop capacity as dictated by Presidential Decree # 634/2011, P3DP provides support for creating necessary regulations, such as, the PPP Appraisal Methodology that was adopted by MOEDT to be used for evaluating and approving PPP projects in Ukraine. 

P3DP builds internal management capacity at MOEDT through tailored in-house training and exposure to international best practices. P3DP is a member of the Parliamentary Committee, "Committee on Industrial and Regulatory Policy of Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine”, and provides legal input for legislative reform to create a more constructive PPP legal environment. 

At the municipal level, P3DP is assisting with the startup of 6 potential PPP contracts covering street parking management, municipal solid waste management, park management and medical service delivery.  Ten additional municipalities will be added in P3DP’s phase II expansion of activities in 2012.

During the past year, the Pubic-Private Partnerships Development Program (P3DP) has:

(1)  Established formal development plans with 6 municipalities working in 4 economic sectors  throughout Ukraine, including the Autonomous Republic of Crimea (ARC);
(2)  Created PPP Appraisal Methodology procedures that were adopted by the Ministry of Economic Development & Trade (MOEDT) as a formal approach for evaluating and approving PPP projects in Ukraine;
(3)  Organized regional study tours for Ukrainian officials to accumulate knowledge on international PPP best practices;
(4)  Published an analysis of the PPP legal framework in Ukraine;
(5)  Conducted a national survey to gage consumer attitudes about private sector delivery of communal services;
(6)  Organized the first Ukrainian PPP Business Forum in Lviv, attended by municipal and private sector leaders interested in local economic development; 
(7)  Conducted workshops and training seminars in pilot PPP cities for 76 municipal leaders and 25 potential private partner firms; and,
(8)  Contributed to legislative and regulatory PPP reforms through active involvement in Ukraine's Parliamentary PPP Working Group.

Alan Pieper is Chief of Party for the Public Private Partnership Development Program (P3DP), the USAID-funded development program implemented by FHI 360. Prior to Ukraine, Mr. Pieper has worked extensively throughout Eastern Europe and the Middle East in new business creation and sustainable development. He directed the startup and served as CEO of the full-service American Bank of Kosovo and brought the bank to the private sector through its sale to Raiffeisen Bank in Vienna, Austria.

He led the implementation of the Palestinian Agriculture Partnership Activities project, transforming traditional low-value Palestinian agriculture in the West Bank/Gaza into high-value products for international markets. Mr. Pieper is a Certified Public Accountant and holds a MBA degree in Finance from Washington University.

"USUBC is very pleased to be working with the very creative and important P3DP program in Ukraine and with Alan Pieper, Chief of Party," said Morgan Williams, President of the U.S.-Ukraine Business Council (USUBC).

"Alan has been pro-active and reached out to the private business and investment sector for partnerships and support for the P3DP program. The delivery of essential public goods and services by the private sector in cooperation with city governments is critical to future economic development in Ukraine.  Alan will represent the P3DP program on the USUBC board of directors," said Michael Datsenko, USUBC's Deputy Director, Information & Member Programs, in Washington, D.C.

CONTACT: If you are interested in working with P3DP or need additional details about the program, please contact: P3DP-Ukraine,44 Khreschatyk Str, 3rd Floor, Kyiv, Ukraine, 01001, office phone: +38 044 279 4481, e-mail: p3dp@fhi360.org. For information about FHI 360, 'the science of improving lives,' go to the website www.FHI360.org.

New members of the U.S.-Ukraine Business Council (USUBC) in year 2012 include the following twenty-one companies/organizations: Arzinger law firm; Bank Kontrakt; BDO LLC Ukraine; Cub Energy; DuPont Ukraine LLC; Encom Group renewable energy; EPAM USA PLLC law firm; HPI, LLC; Intel Ukraine; Invenergy LLC; McLarty Associates international strategic advisory firm; NEI (New Energy Innovation); Pioneer Hi-Bred Ukraine LLC; Public-Private Partnership Development Program (P3DP)/ FHI 360; Raven Industries agricultural GPS technology; SC Johnson; Sunrise Agro agricultural machinery; TD International; Vanco Prykerchenska Ltd; Willard marketing & communications; and the World Federation of Ukrainian Medical Associations. 

USUBC membership has grown rapidly during the past six years. Membership now stands at over 190, a new record for USUBC. In January 2005 membership was eight; two years later it had grown to 22; in January 2009 it reached 100; and in January of 2011 topped 150. A complete list of USUBC members can be found at: http://www.usubc.org/members.php. For a list of the USUBC board of directors go to: http://www.usubc.org/site/u-s-ukraine-business-council-board-of-directors.

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