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Asia Public/Private Partnership Institute

Outline (History) of Asia Public/Private Partnership Institute

Asia Public/Private Partnership Institute (APPPI) was established with the aim of research, standardization of systems and education/training to use PPP for development of infrastructures in Asia. On November 15, 2011, the Special International PPP Forum was held to celebrate the establishment of APPPI, in which Dr. Mahathir bin Mohamad, former prime minister of Malaysia, and Dr. Masajuro Shiokawa assumed the office of honorary advisors.

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Activities and Features

The APPPI conducts education/research activities on PPP and supports companies and municipalities to participat in projects in Asian countries, in order to solve problems such as lack of public funds (at most, a total of 40 trillion yen including funds of World Bank, Asia Development Bank, and Asian countries) which is a bottleneck of infrastructure and economic development (requiring 700 trillion yen according to estimation by Asia Development Bank), as well as lack of know-how for PPP. As an example of education/research activities, the APPPI is scheduled to produce textbooks to be an international standard, hold intensive courses and seminars, and implement supportive programs for regional revitalization. In industry-government-academia collaboration, to the APPPI plans to minutely analyze cases, explain legal systems, etc. in each country, provide information on future project, etc., and support execution of projects, in order to support Japanese companies in pursuit of business opportunities abroad.
As Toyo University was recognized as a UN PPP education/research organization in July 2011, those activities will play a major role in PPP promotion activities of the UN in Asia.

Research Achievements

In September 2011, the APPPI conducted a survey on the feasibility of economic development using PPP in Butuan City, Philippines, and published its report in November. Those research results have caused investment in some projects by Japanese companies.
In February 2012, as part of collaboration with the UN, the APPPI was invited to and participated in "PPP Days", an international conference hosted by the UN, in which 750 people from 95 countries participated. Presentation on PPP activities by Toyo University had a great impact.
In March 2012, short-term intensive courses on PPP were implemented in Manila, Butuan, and Cebu, Philippines.

Future Development (Goal)

The APPPI was established as an organization to conduct activities in cooperation among Asian countries. In cooperation with IIUM (International Islamic University Malaysia), a base for activities of APPPI in Asia is scheduled to be set up at the university. The network with universities and governmental organizations which promote PPP will be built and expanded in Japan (Toyo University), Philippines, Malaysia, and others.
In FY2012, the APPPI received requests for surveys on feasibility of economic development using PPP from Kyrgyzstan government, and Mandaue City, Cebu, Philippines. It also received a request for instruction about ideal PPP systems from Vietnam government.

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