I was excited to be part of Partnerships Bulletin’s inaugural PPP Asia Pacific Conference and Awards ceremony in Sydney at the end of November.
The event kicked off with an innovative PPP Hub Roundtables format. This interactive session which was sponsored by Commerce Decisions, provided an excellent opportunity for Professional Services Director, Peter Marshall, and I, to talk directly to public sector procurers and agencies and to hear first-hand updates about their respective regions’ future pipeline and plans. It was also fascinating to hear questions on a wide range of topics including: the Government’s direction and approach to PPPs; what the priority areas of focus for each Asia Pacific region will be; the lifecycle of a typical PPP and how these can be scaled back to expedite the delivery; and finally, what mechanisms can be put in place to ensure a successful outcome for a PPP Project. These are just some of the thought-provoking questions that made for a truly insightful afternoon.
In recognition of the increasing popularity of the Awards and the continuing expansion of PPP projects globally, it was great to see that official recognition of excellence in P3s/PPPs now extends to the Asia Pacific region.
As official Technology Sponsor for the Awards, the Commerce Decisions AWARD™ procurement evaluation solution supported the judging process. The judging panel comprised 50 industry professionals representing the public and private sector. All entries were submitted to the judging panel who scored each entry in AWARD™, ensuring a structured, robust and transparent approach was used to identify the winners of each category.
Queensland were the dominant winners in the Best Transport Project Category and I had the privilege of presenting the awards to both very worthy winners. The Gold Award went to the team from Logan Enhancement Project – Development Phase, Australia and the Silver Award went to The Toowoomba Second Range Crossing, also in Queensland – both great examples of complex PPP Projects in the transport sector.
A special mention also to Dan Marshall, Head of PPP Programme, New Zealand Treasury. Dan who was one of the PPP Hub Roundtable hosts, received the award for Individual Contribution of the Year – a fantastic achievement!
Commerce Decisions has supported the delivery of over 75 P3 programmes internationally and is delighted to support P3 Bulletin’s celebration of P3 successes and achievements globally. For more information about Commerce Decisions, our AWARD™ evaluation solution and how we can support the successful delivery of P3 programmes, please download our P3 paper here