Public-Private Partnership Forum

Opening remarks & high-level PPP dialogue
organized by the World Association of PPP Units and Professionals (WAPPP)
Session Type
Session Themes
PPP Forum
Room number
Hall 2 Room 6
Contact Email
Background Documents
17 October 2023
09:00 - 11:00 Abu Dhabi

Opening ceremony of the WAPPP Abu Dhabi PPP Forum 2023. Top decision takers discuss public-private partnership challenges and opportunities. Public-Private Partnerships are a vital tool to promote investment in sustainable infrastructure and the energy transition. As pointed out in UNCTAD’s World Investment Report 2023, infrastructure projects in which international investors join hands with governments and development banks achieve the lowest cost of finance. WAPPP is a leading voice in the public-private partnership industry. It has over 400 members, with about 50 PPP Units and over 350 PPP professionals and corporate members. The PPP Forum, through multiple sessions, will discuss how to mainstream PPPs in public investment plans, how to promote SDG-driven and climate resilient public-private partnerships, and what options are available to strengthen capacity building on PPPs in developing countries.

Session themes:

  • State of PPP and challenges facing it. 
  • Innovative or scalable solutions reviewed, considered, or implemented. 
  • Structuring and implementing small-size PPP projects. 
  • Increasing South-South cooperation and FDI. 
  • Capacity building needs in developing countries to position PPP units for growing demand.


President, World Association of PPP Units & PPP Professionals (WAPPP)
Head, Investment Research Branch, UNCTAD
President, Confederation of International Contractors Associations (CICA) and General Manager, BESIX Group
Minister of Investment, the Kingdom of Jordan
Deputy Minister of Economy, Armenia
Head of the Investment Unit, Ministry of Finance and Public Credit (SHCP), United Mexican States
Director a.i of the Production, Productivity and Management Division, Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC)
Vice President of the Private Sector, Development Bank of Latin America, CAF


President, World Association of PPP Units & PPP Professionals (WAPPP)