PRIMEX health expert to facilitate PPP summit event in Malaysia

Dr. Jacques Jeugmans, PRIMEX’s Practice Leader for Health, has been invited to serve as Moderator at one of the panels on Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) in the health sector during the 2nd Annual PPPs in Emerging Markets Capacity Building Summit to be held at the Ritz Carlton, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from 18-20 June 2012.

The Summit, with the theme, “Bridging the PPP knowledge, experience, and capacity gap in emerging markets,” aims to provide an excellent networking and knowledge sharing platform for PPP leaders, practitioners, and decision makers from the public and private sectors.

The panel to be moderated by Dr. Jeugmans will address the opportunities and challenges unique to implementing PPP projects in health in emerging markets and in developing countries. Speakers for Dr. Jeugmans’ interactive panel discussion include Lenny Chew of MOH Holdings (Singapore), Dr Jeremy Lim of Fortis Healthcare, and Seyit Yalçin, General Directorate of Social Sectors and Coordination, Health and Social Security Department of the Ministry of Development, Turkey.

Dr. Jeugmans was selected for the role because of his 20 years of experience in ADB. His expertise includes health sector governance, PPPs in health, as well as intersector and cross-sector interventions to improve health.

His in-depth knowledge of health system organization and his projects in several developing countries in Asia and Pacific will add value to the discussion since one of the challenges in implementing PPPs is the significant lack of capacity and expertise within governments to procure and implement these projects resulting in ill-conceived or preterminated PPP projects.

Participants from 35 countries will attend the event including the African Development Bank (AfDB), Asian Development Bank (ADB), World Bank (WB), United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), and International Finance Corporation (IFC).

Since his retirement from ADB in 2011, Dr. Jeugmans has been engaged by PRIMEX, under a retainership agreement, to provide technical advisory services in the Firm’s health sector work. Among others, he provided technical backstopping services to the PRIMEX Consultant Team during the preparation of the ADB Urban Primary Health Care Sector Development Project in Bangladesh.