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Partnering with other UN and International organizations

Regional Commissions


The original mandate for creating the Centre came as a result of a UN Development Account Project on PPP Capacity Building involving UNESCAP, UNECE and UNECA. The final meeting of this project which took place at UNESCAP headquarters in Bangkok on 19 February 2009 agreed to set up such a Centre.

UNECE sees this initiative as a joint undertaking of all the UN Regional Commissions. The Centre of Excellence will provide the Regional Commissions with tools for infrastructure development such as PPP readiness assessments, advisory services for policymakers and PPP practitioners and provide access to best practice models and case studies through specialist centres in various sectors.

In December 2012 UNECE invited all Regional Commissions to share their ideas and suggestions regarding cooperation with the Centre and asked to nominate a focal point within each Commission to liaise with the Secretariat of the Centre of Excellence in UNECE.

Focal Points
Organization name Name and title E-mail
ESCAP Mr. Peter O’Neill, Chief of Transport Policy and Development Section oneillp[at]
ESCWA Mr. Abdallah Al Dardari, Director, Economic Development and Globalization Division aldardari[at]
ECA Mr. Kaleb Demeksa, Economic Affairs Officer, Governance and Public Administration Division kdemrksa[at]
ECLAC Mr. Ricardo Sánchez, Senior Economic Affairs Officer, International Trade and Integration Division ricardo.sanchez [at] 


Other Organizations