The International Center of Excellence in PPP for Ports

As part of the United Nations’ effort to help member countries implement the internationally agreed Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) – and in particular SDG No. 17, which deals with Partnerships, the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the High Council for Privatization have agreed to establish the International Specialist Centre of Excellence in PPP for Ports (ICE4P) in Beirut, Lebanon.
The High Council for Privatization (HCP) will be hosting ICE4P in its existing premises at the Grand Serail, for an initial term of three years


The centre’s mission is to contribute to UNECE’s efforts to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals by promoting private sector participation in the ports sector – a main driver of economic growth.
ICE4P aims to promote best practices in Public Private Partnership (PPP) in the ports sector in order to serve the interests of all stakeholders and, by doing so, to stimulate the sustainable development of port infrastructure worldwide. For this, the centre shall identify international best practice models, establish strategic partnerships, communicate with all stakeholders, and develop and sustain global expertise in PPP for Ports.


1. To enhance the interaction between private sector and public sector stakeholders internationally and promote closer cooperation among them;
2. To conduct research to compile cases of PPP in the ports sector;
3. To identify PPP best practice models in the ports sector;
4. To maintain a digital database and library of all PPP port projects in the world, be they existing, under construction, being tendered or still in the planning phase;
5. To organize, host and fund regular workshops, training programs, seminars and webinars on PPP for Ports;
6. To publish and disseminate information on PPP for Ports.


The International Specialist Centre of Excellence in PPP for Ports (ICE4P) will be relying on the in-house expertise of the HCP for daily operations management and will be retaining port specialist consultants for specific tasks. Tenders for advisory work will be posted here (link to tenders\advisors)


In order to further grasp what PPP in ports is all about, the ICE4P team of researchers is in the process of conducting case studies, specific to the field of PPP in ports, from different countries around the world. Each case, either a successful or failed project, will highlight different aspects and possible learning lessons as a means of facilitating the future derivation of the standards. These cases are still a work-in-progress to be published at the soonest.

The standards will represent the ultimate end goal of the center. They will be based on insightful research and profound analysis of the center’s team along with the expertise of the center’s advisory board. These standards will be aligned with the International PPP Standards produced by the UNECE. They are still a work-in-progress to be published at a later stage.

This section will be dedicated to special interviews held with specialists holding an ample amount of know-how and expertise in this industry. These interviews will provide a novel and modernized way of thinking based on the points of view of our credible experts. They are still a work-in-progress to be released later.

This section will highlight all the events and happenings that ICE4P has taken a part in such as “World Ports Sustainability Program Charter” in Antwerp, Belgium. It will also include all events held by the center itself such as future possible trainings and conferences. The section is still a work-in-progress to be updated at the soonest.

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