Round table: Public-private partnership – prospects for development in the Canton of Sarajevo

The academic and business community with the government sector on the new Public-Private Partnership Law in Sarajevo Canton and development perspectives


At the University of Sarajevo – Faculty of Economics, a round table was held on the topic “Public-private partnership – perspectives of development in Sarajevo Canton”. The organizers of the Round Table are the Faculty of Economics and the Ministry of Economy of Sarajevo Canton as part of the positive promotional campaign of the Law on Public-Private Partnership prepared by the Ministry of Economy of Sarajevo Canton with the aim of opening the market of the Canton according to the models of this type of business.

On behalf of the Faculty of Economics, the round table was opened by the vice-dean for scientific research work and projects of the Faculty, prof. Ph.D. Amila Pilav Velić, and the opening address was delivered by the Minister of Economy of Sarajevo Canton, Adnan Delić.

As the great-granddaughter of prof. Ph.D. Pilav-Velić, Faculty of Economics in Sarajevo continuously participates in the preparation and implementation of various strategic documents, legal solutions and other acts that contribute to the development of social policies, and this Round Table is one in a series of such types of support.

“As the largest and oldest, but also the only internationally accredited economics faculty in our country, we are aware of our social responsibility and role in public discourse, therefore we often contribute to the adoption of economic and social policies at all administrative levels in the country. We put our expert knowledge and the latest research achievements at public service. In addition to participating in the creation of strategic documents, the publication of “policy” documents, the preparation of studies for the most current economic and social challenges of today, we advocate the monitoring and evaluation of public policies and programs, as well as the “evidence-based” policy-making process”, said vice-dean Pilav- The size.

The Minister of Economy of the Sarajevo Canton, Adnan Delić, emphasized the importance of the interaction of the academic and business community with the public sector in all social segments, starting from the adoption of legal solutions to the implementation of vital projects for the Sarajevo Canton.

In his address, the minister referred to the path taken by the Ministry during the preparation of the new Law on PPP, thereby reminding those present of the importance of raising public awareness of the importance of the topic and the need to implement quality projects based on this business model.

“In the past period, we amended the Law on Concessions and the Law on the Agency for Attracting Investments and Privatization, and in the package with the Law on Public-Private Partnership, in a broader context, we created the conditions for a range of projects that can be financed through a combination of the use of EU funds and private investors with the ultimate goal of better quality public service and better care of public infrastructure. This ultimately leads to projects that will bring with them not only the potential for the development of the economic environment, but also the general social benefit, which is one of the main determinants of the public-private partnership model,” said Minister Delić.

Participants of the round table were also prof. Ph.D. Veljko Trivun, member of the Business Law Department of the Faculty of Economics UNSA, prof. Ph.D. Mustafa Mehanović, Faculty of Traffic and Communications UNSA, prof. Ph.D. Rasim Jusufović, director of the ASA Hospital project and representatives of the Association of Employers of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina, and representatives of the Faculty of the University of Sarajevo, representatives of the business sector and members of the Sarajevo Canton Assembly took part in the discussion.

Prof. Ph.D. Veljko Trivun looked back on the history of unsuccessful attempts to standardize public-private partnerships in Bosnia and Herzegovina, but also on successful projects based on the PPP model in European countries. Trivun also emphasized that laws are not passed without strong political will, but also stigmatization of the PPP model in the public as a model on which private individuals get rich.
“Private individuals will not get rich on this business model because it is a public service with a long period of time and a public partner that has control over the implementation of this model. It is necessary to work on destigmatizing the PPP model in the public. The leader in the development of this model is the Republic of Turkey, and France and Great Britain developed their economy precisely on this model,” said Professor Trivun, reminding that there are countless projects in Kosovo that can be successfully implemented precisely on this model.

Director of the ASA Hospital project, prof. Ph.D. Rasim Jusufović spoke about the potential of improving health services in Sarajevo Canton through public-private partnership projects: “By establishing the ASA Hospital in Sarajevo, we want to improve the health and quality of life of all citizens in Bosnia and Herzegovina by providing them with affordable secondary health care services of the highest quality and safety. ASA Hospital is part of the private healthcare system ASA Zdravstvo, which as a strategy for the development of medical services has diversified into other spheres of healthcare, from health promotion, disease prevention, early diagnosis and therapy to demanding and complex medical procedures that enter the sphere of tertiary healthcare. These are all areas that we hope will be recognized by the relevant ministry, and proposed as part of the future catalog of potential public-private partnership projects in to healthcare. We express our willingness to pool knowledge and resources that can contribute to the improvement of public services, which will positively affect the quality of life of our fellow citizens.”

For the Canton of Sarajevo, the public-private partnership model is especially important at the time of the budget deficit, which will be felt due to the recent reduction in weighting two. The adoption of the new Law on Public-Private Partnership represents a quality foundation for the realization of significant infrastructure projects, the goal of which must be social benefit and the provision of top-quality services to citizens.
infrastrukturnih projekata čiji cilj mora biti društvena korist i pružanje vrhunske usluge građanima.

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