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13.04.2010. UNDP and Chelyabinsk region signed a Memorandum of cooperation in public-private partnership

On April 13, Pyotr Sumin, Governor of Chelyabinsk region, Frode Mauring, Resident Representative of the UN Development Program in Russia and Alexander Bazhenov, National Project Director of the Development of public-private partnership in Russia project, signed a memorandum of cooperation under the joint project of Vnesheconombank and UNDP.
The Memorandum provides for the cooperation in the development of institutional infrastructure, by creating the conditions for the formation and implementation of public-private partnership (PPP) in the Murmansk region. This includes the establishment of the regional PPP-Center, its methodological and information support, training of the government authorities and of the professional players of the PPP market; elaboration of proposals to develop the legal basis which is regulating procedures of PPP projects implementation, and implementation of projects in the areas defined by the Parties.
The document specifies the main areas that the regional government and the UNDP considered promising for the formation of pilot projects. They include, in particular, water supply and sewerage and sewage treatment; energy efficiency, including heating; waste production and consumption, transport infrastructure, construction and maintenance of social infrastructure and others.
Chelyabinsk region has become second region to sign such a document, after the Murmansk region. But, as stated by Mr. Mauring, the Chelyabinsk region has all chances to become the first in the implementation of pilot projects.

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