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Saturday, May 13, 2023 11:58 AM
Dr. Ahmed Al-Sobky, President of the Public Authority for Health Care, Assistant Minister of Health and Population, General Supervisor of the Universal Health Insurance Project, participated in the international workshop for senior leaders of the health sector to apply the concepts of partnership with the private sector (PPP), which was organized by the World Bank and the International Finance Corporation (IFC), which was held at the Frankfurt School of Finance and Management in Germany, which lasted for 5 days in May.
The international workshop was held, with the participation of the Egyptian government, Dr. Ahmed Al-Sobky, President of the General Authority for Health Care and General Supervisor of the Comprehensive Health Insurance Project, and Dr. Muhammad Al-Tayeb, Assistant Minister of Health and Population for Governance and Technical Affairs, in addition to the participation of a number of heads of health authorities, and senior officials. Officials in the ministries of “health, finance, and economy” in the countries of “India, Uzbekistan, Azerbaijan, Germany, France, Cote d’Ivoire, Angola, Togo, and England.” The workshop also included a number of experts from all countries of the world.
The Egyptian government delegation was received by Ambassador Abeer Suleiman, Consul General of the Arab Republic of Egypt in Hamburg, Germany, and Counselor Marwa Okasha, Deputy Consul General of the Arab Republic of Egypt in Hamburg.
During the international workshop, Dr. Ahmed Al-Sobky stressed that Egypt is adopting a strategy to encourage the involvement of the private sector in investment in the health sector, and continued: We have directives from the political leadership to provide all facilities and factors of attraction for the private sector to be a key partner in the comprehensive health insurance system, pointing out that The workshop was a good opportunity to present investment opportunities for the Egyptian health sector to those responsible for investing in a number of European and African countries.-
Al-Sobky added that the workshop was also a good opportunity to present the pioneering Egyptian experience in comprehensive health coverage through the implementation of the comprehensive health insurance system, noting that this experience produced a number of important investment opportunities and contributed to opening new horizons for cooperation with the private sector, for what it offers. The new Comprehensive Health Insurance Law No. (2) of 2018 supports freedom of competition with the private sector, and ensures its involvement in construction and development processes, in order to reach sustainable health development in accordance with Egypt’s Vision 2030.-
Dr. Ahmed Al-Sobky stressed that the partnership with the private sector is one of the important tools that must be considered to accelerate the pace of implementation of the comprehensive health insurance system, and to provide a model for a true partnership between the private and government sectors, pointing out that we aim during the coming period to train and qualify a number of cadres in the Authority. Health care to deal with the legal, financial and technical frameworks of partnership systems between the public and private sectors, with the International Finance Corporation and academic bodies of international appreciation and clear contribution to the partnership between the public and private sectors.
Al-Sobki pointed out that this training will contribute to facilitating and speeding up the processes of concluding long-term contracts with the private sector, choosing good investment opportunities, properly evaluating government assets before entering into partnership operations with the private sector, as well as properly assessing the risks and challenges that projects may face. Developing good scenarios to confront them, in addition to presenting a number of successful models for partnership, thus contributing to reducing the state’s needs for financing health projects from the state’s general budget, and providing a greater opportunity to attract foreign investment.
It should be noted that the international workshop for leaders of the health sector to apply the concepts of partnership with the private sector discussed the legal, financial and technical frameworks for establishing partnership systems for the private sector in developing countries. It also discussed the challenges facing the private sector and standing in front of it as an obstacle to partnership with a number of governments in those countries. It also touched on ways to deal with these challenges and how to overcome them in accordance with the latest global financial practices that are characterized by governance, efficiency and quality.
The workshop touched on studying the risks of implementing partnership projects between the government and the private sector, how to develop scenarios to deal with any potential risks of long-term partnerships, and how to set guarantees that guarantee the rights of both sides of the government and private sectors in partnerships that are of a strategic nature.
The workshop dealt with the study of a number of successful experiences of a number of European countries that succeeded in establishing a system of partnership with the private sector in the health sector. community health.