Archives for June 18th, 1997

Success of PFI underestimated

Headlines, PublicNet: 18 June, 1997

Disappointment at the slow progress of the Public Finance Initiative may be premature. Explanations for stunted growth such as ‘the traditional methods of the public and private sectors are difficult to overcome’ may be wide of the mark. The Treasury estimates the total projects at the turn of the century to be £10b.This figure is challenged by the Private Finance Initiative Journal survey of 500 projects which found the total value of deals to be £15.8b. This figure includes £7.7b currently in negotiation with a preferred partner. The Treasury’s estimate for these project is very similar at £7.9b. The estimates of the Treasury and Journal differ in their estimates of future deals. The Journal’s survey includes 107 projects worth £8.1b which have shortlisted bidders. The Treasury’s estimate only recognises £2.1b of these pipeline projects.

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International innovation awards

Headlines, PublicNet: 18 June, 1997

The Commonwealth Association for Public Administration and Management (CAPAM) has announced a ‘Service to the Public’ awards programme for 1998. The programme is a joint venture with KPMG Centre for Government and a Malaysian partner. It will focus on the quality of service provision, including diversity, equity and quality.All submissions will be reviewed by a Jury comprised of international public administration experts who have a broad knowledge of global as well as local public administration and management issues centring on economics, social and cultural context and geographical variables. The Jury will be chaired by CAPAM Past President Gordon Draper, of Trinidad and Tobago. The ‘Service to the Public’ theme is deliberately broad to encourage all countries to participate.

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