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Factbox: U.S. public-private partnerships in play

By Hilary Russ (Reuters) - Across the United States, more state and local governments are tapping private dollars to build, repair and maintain public infrastructure. Here are some of the biggest and most-watched projects: *Pennsylvania is pushing to replace at least 500 bridges under a single contract in the next five years. On March 26 the state invited four construction teams to submit bids.

Private money, public projects: More U.S. states doing deals

By Hilary Russ (Reuters) - Visitors to New York who land at LaGuardia Airport could be forgiven for not realizing they've arrived in one of the world's swankiest cities. The airport's leaky ceilings, threadbare atmosphere and meager food and public transit options put it at or near the top of lists of the worst airports in the United States.

Opposition NDP tables accountability bill for P3s in Saskatchewan

REGINA - A Saskatchewan New Democrat has introduced a private member's bill that proposes public-private partnerships, known as P3s, be more accountable. Trent Wotherspoon says the bill calls for an independent watchdog for P3s and would require the full cost of a project be publicly reported. Wotherspoon says that would allow governments and the public to go into the deals "with eyes wide open."

Insight: Philippines infrastructure: taking the slow train to nowhere

By Rosemarie Francisco MANILA (Reuters) - Images of a portion of the Philippines' oldest light rail transit line ablaze in the middle of the night were exactly what private sector bidders for a $1.4 billion rehabilitation of the country's rail system had feared.

Alberta's Redford explores new funding models for roads, buildings at summit

EDMONTON - Alberta Premier Alison Redford says she wants to explore new ways of paying for infrastructure projects on a cost-shared basis with the private sector. The so-called P3 public-private partnership model has worked so well to date — on projects like schools and roads — it may work for other initiatives as well, Redford said Saturday. "How do we challenge conventional thinking from an Alberta perspective on what else we could use P3 models for?" Redford rhetorically asked reporters at the province's second economic summit, held at the University of Alberta.

Road building revival offers rare hope for India infrastructure overhaul

By Matthias Williams and Swati Pandey NEW DELHI/MUMBAI (Reuters) - K. Ramchand, managing director at one of India's biggest road builders, is doing something unusual to help dispel the gloom pervading much of the country's infrastructure sector today: bidding for new projects.

ADB sees PHL to grow by 6%, 5.9% in ’13, ’14; raises need to improve manufacturing sector

Asian Development Bank (ADB) said a stronger industrial base will benefit the Philippines and sustain its growth, which is projected to remain strong at six percent and 5.9 percent for 2013 and 2014, respectively.In a briefing Tuesday, ADB Senior Country Economist for the Philippines Norio Usui said there is a need to revitalize the country’s manufacturing sector since this provides more productive and long-term effects than the services sector.He explained that with the country now an investment grade economy more investors will come due in part to the greater confidence as

Feasibility study for El Nido’s water supply and sanitary system underway in Palawan

The Private-Public Partnership (PPP) Center, a funding alternative agency under the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA), signed a contract on Friday with an engineering company specializing in the core areas of water resources engineering for the conduct of a feasibility study for the water supply and sanitation facility of El Nido town.While El Nido is one of the country’s top tourist destinations, Mayor Edna Gacot-Lim admitted that the town suffers from a lack of water supply system and proper wastewater management facility, which could reflect badly on its tourism indu

DepEd's school-building project gets world attention

The Department of Education’s Public-Private Partnership (PPP) for School Infrastructure Project (PSIP), which aims to address shortages in public school classrooms through partnerships with the private sector, has made it as the lone entry from the ASEAN to the internationally-acclaimed Partnerships Awards 2013.The PSIP is a qualifier for the ‘Best Pathfinder Project’ category. Previous winners were mostly from Europe and the Americas.
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