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1 1 Public-Private Partnerships in the Lebanese Government – Case Studies For UNESCWA Expert Group Meeting on Regional Networking and Partnership for Information Society Development Crowne Plaza Hotel 5-6 September 2007 Tania Zaroubi Senior ICT Project Manager Office of the Minister of State for Administrative Reform (OMSAR)

2 2 PPP and the Government Public-private Partnerships (PPP) refers to the contractual agreements formed between a public agency and private sector entity that allow for greater private sector participation in the delivery of public sector projects.

3 3 Government Responsibility The government should take innovative measures and undertake necessary actions to ensure collaboration between Public Sector and Private Sector

4 4 Governments Support PPP Because it potentially offers the following: Reduced upfront financial costs for the service delivery. Improved service delivery, by reducing the time and effort. Access to the best technical and management skills from both public and private sectors.

5 5 Roles The traditional roles of the public and private sectors are changing in the knowledge society. Governments are increasingly playing the role of Facilitator rather than the service provider; and Companies within the private sector are not just striving for profits, but Acquiring Responsibilities of a Social Nature.

6 6 PPP PPP can cover many sectors: ICT and e-Government

7 7 E-Government in Lebanon The e-government vision for Lebanon centers around the attainment of a number of strategic objectives based on citizen and business-centric approaches.

8 8 e-Government OpportunitiesKnowledge Empowerment Growth Chain reaction

9 9 Justifications According to OECD (2004) there are many justifications for the need of PPP in the E-government implementation, these justifications are: Partnership can free public administrations to allow a focus on core policy and business issues, and private partner sector takes over ICT production issues. Partnership can help reduce risk by a formal assessment of solutions available in the market. Partnership can help E-government to improve their own services, and putting services online within the private sector. Partnership enables the private sector to acquire knowledge of the structure and functioning of the public sector, and thereby improved specific government oriented solutions.

10 10 PPP in the Government of Lebanon PPP manifests itself in the following: Policy and Strategy ICT Projects Infrastructure Portals Education Cooperation Other


12 12 Policies and Strategies Partnership UNDP OMSAR PCA Private Sector Academia NGOs and others Documents Administrative Reform Strategy 2001 e-Government Strategy 2002 e-Strategy 2003

13 13 World Summit on the Information Society Partnership MOT MOET OMSAR PCA Academia NGOs Banking Sector (Arab Bank, BLC, Byblos, Credit Libanais, Banque Med, Saradar, Fransabank) Strategy Documents Lebanon Information Society Paper ( ) Lebanon Information Society Action Plan (2003 – 2010) Designing with the private sector the Lebanese Pavilion, the contents and design of the brochure to be distributed during the summit, the CD- ROM to contain all national papers for Lebanon and to be part of the brochure, and the multimedia promotion to be shown throughout the ICT4D exhibition

14 14 Five Websites Partnership Talal Abou Ghazali OMSAR Websites Ministry of Education and Higher Education Ministry of Public Works Ministry of Finance (Cadastre) Ministry of Labor ENA

15 15 Community Access Centers Partnership Ministry of Social Affairs UNDP OMSAR Microsoft Locations Rmeich Mazboud Hammana Ayoun Houeich Rachaya Hermel Bourj Hammoud Seir Denneye Jbeil Involves the creation of ten new community access centers in various parts of Lebanon, in collaboration with local municipalities and the Ministry of Social Affairs. These centers will provide ICT training courses as well as low cost Internet access to Lebanese citizens.

16 16 SchoolNet Pilot Deployment (Distribution of 24 public schools) Beirut Rene Mouawad Fakhir Aldeen Ashrafieh Aoula Noor Moghaizal North Al-Hadadeen (G) Al-Hadadeen (B) Chekkah Zagharta Bekaa Zahleh (B) Jeb Janeen Baalbeck (G) Housh Al-omara South Tyre (B) Sidon Aoula Sidon (B) Maghdouchi Mount Liban Al-Jdedit (G) Alleh Al-ghoubaira Shiheem Nabatiyye Nabatiyye (G) Hassan Al-Sabah Jebsheet Marjaoun Internet Interconnects all public and private schools and available libraries together with the Ministry of National Education over a state-of-the-art telecommunications infrastructure with a gateway to the global internet and supported by the latest information and communications technologies.

17 17 PC4ALL Partnership Ministry of Education PCA OMSAR Banking Sector Company was formed in 2005 – NATIONAL PC Brand Name – UNITY Cost - ~$500 Hardware/Software/Training/Internet To transform a highly literate Lebanese Society to an exemplary Digital Information Society within a period of 5 years through the provision of an affordable Personal Computer Pack to citizens, to be paid in easy single monthly installments over 2 to 3 years.

18 18 PICTA Partnership 22 September 2006 Locations Nabatiyeh Hasbayyah Burj Al Barajneh Qana Bent Jbeil Marjeyoun Baalbeck Batroun Sibil Ein Alma Al Shaab Shmastar PCA ICT Academy (PICTA) are fully equipped and staffed training and technology centers to help local community members to connect with loved ones in Lebanon and around the World, train young people to develop their ICT skills and thus open up potential job prospects, and to enhance the lives of whole communities through access to the latest communications technology.

19 19 Citizen Enterprise Partnership OMSAR Private Sector Citizen Enterprise "LAffichage Picasso" which put at the disposal of OMSAR five thousand billboards to be used in campaigns for promotion of citizenship concepts and citizen - state relation Team International which developed training programs tailored to meet the requirements and goals for developing the public sector. Raidi printhouse which contributed printing 17,000 copies of the booklet on the "Code of Conduct for Civil Servants in the public Sector, in addition to 2,000 posters. Chemaly and Chemaly printhouse which contributed printing 10 thousand copies of the "Employee Guide" and 10 thousand cards for the Central Office for Administrative Information. A dedicated enterprise concerned with sustained development through allocating part of its resources for development projects. It takes into consideration the political, legal and social affairs of the citizen, based on sound social and environmental criteria and principles of ethics and transparency.

20 20 Ministry of Education and Higher Education Implementation of the project Partners in Learning (PIL) in collaboration with Microsoft and Eduware Data System Equipping 16 resource centers in collaboration with CISCO and Harriri Foundation, in order to train teachers at public schools on the basic use of computers (computer literacy) Renewal and upgrading of the Microsoft Academic Agreement which ensures the provision of latest Microsoft operating system releases and other Microsoft basic products (e.g. Microsoft Office, Exchange server and other) Implementation of the project Pearls Microsoft which aims to train teachers on the basic uses of the computer as an educational tool, in collaboration with Intel Building capacity of the educational consulate in collaboration with Hariri Foundation and the World Links

21 21 PPP at the Institute of Finance 3 types of public private partnerships: Joint Consultative Committees Partnerships on learning Problem-solving partnerships Objectives: Promoting dialogue among the private and public sectors Networking Sharing of expertise

22 22 What is it? A Forum bringing together representatives from the Lebanese private sector (known as the Lebanese Economic Instances) and the Ministry of Finance; Launched in 1999; Relaunched in September What are the Objectives? Improving the relationship between taxpayers and the financial and customs administrations; Simplifying existing administrative procedures; Promoting investment in the private sector. Achievements? In March 2006, 56 of the 84 suggestions were implemented by the Lebanese Government and in particular by the Ministry of Finance. Joint Consultative Committees

23 23 Partnerships in Learning Memorandum of Understanding signed with: The Lebanese Association of Banks; SGBL The Institute of Political Sciences - USJ Objectives of the agreements: Joint Dissemination and learning activities via Conferences, workshops and other venues; Sharing of learning material; Exchange of trainers and trainees; Exchange and dissemination of publications of common interest.

24 24 Problem-solving Partnerships Memorandum of Understanding signed with: The Lebanese Association of Certified Public Accountants (LACPA) Objectives of the agreement: Discussing recent issues in taxation; Awareness and problem-solving. Activities for 2007: Workshop on stamp duty; Workshop on VAT; Workshop on the Reformed Structure of the Mount Lebanon MoF Office; Workshop on fiscal procedures of off-shores and holdings; Workshop on Build Property tax.

25 25 Ministry of Telecommunication Partnership MOT and OGERO ISP and DSPs (Data service Providers) Through: Colocation (allow private sector to locate equipment in Public premises) Unbundling of Local Loop (private sector can use the local loop in delivering DSL service to end-user)

26 26 Recommendations PPP in the Lebanese Government is to be: Promoted Mechanism to be introduced Facilitated Raising Awareness

27 27 Thank You Tania Zaroubi Senior ICT Project Manager Office of the Minister of State for Administrative Reform (OMSAR)

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