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Building Stronger EA Public Private Partnerships

  Nov 1, 2013

The first ever East African Public Private Partnership Summit held on the 30th of October to 1st November, was a forum for dialogue and engagements with various stake holders involved in academia, private and public sectors to discuss issues facing public, private partnerships in East Africa and what they portend for the region. The summit was officially opened by the Secretary General Mr. Sindiso Ngwenya and attended by business leaders and professionals from across East Africa. In his welcome address, the Vice Chancellor of Strathmore University Prof. John Odhiambo described the tripartite role of academia, the private and public sector in infrastructural and human development across the region. According to him “A fourth Generation University, like one Strathmore University is an entrepreneurial University which is best suited to bring all these players together on the same page”

The COMESA Secretary General gave examples of successful PPP’s in the region and further added that these were works in progress with many lessons still to be learned. There have been many success stories in PPP’s in Kenya including; Maternal health care and complex infrastructural projects.

Strathmore is a leading private University founded in 1961 as an advanced level sixth form college. It offered Arts and Science subjects but later begun Accounts courses to satisfy demand for employee professional training. Since then, the University grew and received its charter in June 2005 that detailed functions of the University, its establishments. It has since trained over 5,000 students graduates.

In an endeavor to transform leadership in Africa, Strathmore gave forth to the Strathmore Business School in 2005 with an initiative to influence leaders in public and private sector and has been ranked 3rd in webometrics ranking of business schools in Africa. Strathmore Business School with approximately 4,000 students has partnered with IESE Business School: Barcelona, Spain, Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS): South Africa, Lagos Business School and Pan African University among others in a bid to bring an international program.

According to Dr. George Njenga, Dean Strathmore Business School “Strathmore Business School has various programs that are meant to foster a culture of continuous learning and dynamism through bridging local and international resources”. Some of the programs offered have cluster fields in MBA for Executives, Executive education, Healthcare Management and Short programs.

The Strathmore core faculty and Advisory Council is composed of professors, CEO’s and entrepreneurs so as to reflect an international partnership with business schools in Europe, Africa and the USA. Since its inception Strathmore Business School has distinguished a number of Alumni currently in senior management positions in finance, tourism, infrastructure, commerce and health care. Amongst the colossal number of Strathmore Business School Alumni are:

·Gil Kemani, Managing director, Ogilvy & Mather Advertising

·Eng. Linus Tonui, General Manager, Kenya Highway Authority

·Emily Waita, Corporate Communication Manger, Bamburi Cement

Other topics in discussion were regarding the Role of Governments and financial institutions in ensuring successful PPPs, their link towards the actualization of Vision 2030 as well as the makeup of PPPS – making them work. The summit hosted a caucus of very influential and well-versed speakers such as Hon. Simon D’Ujanga – State Minister of the Ministy of Energy in Uganda, Julius Ng’ong’a – Partner at E&Y, Eng. Stanley Kamau – Director, PPP at the National Treasury, Ms. Josephine Muigai – Infrastructural Advisory Services (IFC) and Prof. Wainaina Gituro – Director General of Vision 2030.

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