Africa RISE programme holds Peer-to-Peer Learning Workshop focusing on public-private dialogue
The Africa RISE (Reform for Investment and Sustainable Economies) programme and the Regional Multidisciplinary Centre of Excellence (RMCE) recently held a Peer-to-Peer Learning Workshop focusing on public-private dialogue (PPD). The Africa RISE programme is funded by the European Union (EU) and implemented by a consortium led by Landell Mills. The RMCE is based in Mauritius and was established jointly by the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA), the Indian Ocean Commission, and the Government of Mauritius.
Mauritius is known for its economic and social stability and its success is partly due to its long history of PPD – a dialogue between the public and private sectors that focuses on improving government policies and providing a platform for the private sector to work with the government to boost economic development.
The Peer-to-Peer Learning Workshop focusing on PPD was requested by the Economic Development Board of Madagascar to introduce the benchmarks for PPD in the region. It was held in a hybrid format and was attended by leading stakeholders from the public and private sectors in Mauritius, diplomatic representatives, and internal stakeholders. Discussions covered:
- How Mauritius dealt with the financial crisis
- How Mauritius engages in trade agreement negotiations
- How Mauritius has been changing the business process landscape in the country by undertaking reforms
- Best practices for PPD engagements in a range of countries, presented by representatives from Burundi, Rwanda, Ireland, Germany, and Kenya
Stakeholders from Mauritius and other African countries also shared their experiences and knowledge, enabling the Economic Development Board of Madagascar to learn from best practices and adapt them to their context. The workshop highlighted the importance of PPD in achieving mutual confidence and improving economic and social development for the good of the country.
You can read more information about the workshop, as well as accessing presentations and a video, on the Africa RISE website.