A Research Framework for Investigating Public Private Partnerships (PPP) in Hong Kong

Chan, A.P., Lam, P.T., Chan, D.W., Cheung, E., Sidwell, T., & Kajewski, S. (2007) A Research Framework for Investigating Public Private Partnerships (PPP) in Hong Kong. In Ahmed, Sayed, Azhar, Salman, & Mohamed, Sherif (Eds.) Proceedings of the 4th International Conference on Construction in the 21st Century, July 11-13, 2007, Gold Coast.

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Abstract

PPP is a general term covering all contracted relationships between the public and private sectors to produce a public asset or to deliver a public service. Its major advantage lies in utilising resources from the private sector to alleviate some of the financial burdens of the government. The Asian financial turmoil in the late 1990s has imposed enormous pressure on the budget of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) Government. With a continuous outcry for better public services due to the rapid development of Hong Kong, alternative financing models need to be sought to ensure sustainability. Hong Kong has the advantage of being the international gateway to Mainland China, and with this benefit has attracted overseas enterprises to base their offices in Hong Kong for the Asian market. Obviously the private sector has much to contribute. The HKSAR Government has realised the benefits of using PPP in Hong Kong as well as the success achieved overseas. But a more thorough research is needed to develop the most suitable practice of PPP in terms of project nature, project complexity, project type and project scale under which PPP is most appropriate for Hong Kong. This paper provides an initial report of a research project being funded by the Research Grants Council (RGC) of the HKSAR. The project aims to evaluate the benefits and risks of PPP adopted in Australia and the United Kingdom, and from these previous experiences to develop a best practice framework for implementing PPP in Hong Kong. It firstly reports on the status of PPP development trend and the hands-on experiences which have been drawn in these countries. Qualitative and quantitative research methods applied in conducting the research are discussed. The likely impacts of the study are highlighted. It is believed that the construction industry and the government would benefit a lot as a result of this study, and further procurement and project financing options would be opened up for delivering better future public service.

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ID Code: 47815
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
ISBN: 1-884342-02-1
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering
Past > Schools > School of Urban Development
Deposited On: 19 Dec 2011 02:33
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 13:39

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