Montenegro still does not met the criteria for a successful implementation of public-private partnerships, said Jovana Marović, research coordinator at the Institute Alternative, at the panel held in the framework of the Public Service Day in the Regional School of Public Administration (ReSPA).
Jovana spoke at a workshop entitled “Benchmarking approach to the public investment – Assessing the consumer paid services (outsourcing)”. She presented the criteria that need to be met in order for public-private partnerships (PPPs) to be implemented in accordance with the “value for money” principle. A special part of her presentation were the Institute Alternative’s findings about the application of PPPs in Montenegro until now.
Jovana stressed the fact that the legal and institutional frameworks for the implementation of PPPS in Montenegro remains incomplete. The main objective of using the PPPs in the first place, is to overcome the gap between the need for improving public services and infrastructure and the lack of funds for capital investment.
Montenegro still does not have an electronic register of all PPP contracts. Additionally, the coordination of institutions that manage various concessions, as a special form of exploiting the natural resources, is extremely weak.
Besides Jovana, participants at the panel spoke, and Ljerka Golubić Bregant, from the Croatian Agency for PPPs and Dalia Budriene, senior expert in PPP from Lithuania.
The panel was organized in the framework of the UN Public Service Day, which is celebrated in Montenegro for the first time this year. The events marking this date are organized by the Ministry of Interior, in cooperation with Institute Alternative, Human Resource Management Authority, Union of Municipalities, Regional School of Public Administration – ReSPA.
Within the framework of the Public Service Day, an Open Day event will take place in all municipalities, Human Resource Management Authority, Ministry of Interior as well as its regional and local branches.