Alexander de Croo, Transtec and ECG meet
On the 27th of January, at our request, we met with the Deputy Prime Minister Alexander de Croo, in charge, amongst other things, of Development Cooperation.
In attendance: Jean-Jacques Adam and Sabine Laruelle (ECG), Frédéric Lernoux (BBA), Marie Astrid Corbisier and Philippe Chabot (Transtec). The aim: to present our findings and suggestions to better integrate the private sector in the development policies that are implemented in Belgium.
Indeed, one cannot help but notice that, in the realm of multinational and European aid, the various Belgian actors (public, private, NGO) are often given too modest a position compared to their neighbours.
Some recent CTB initiatives have already led to greater presence and visibility for Belgian public expertise. Regarding NGO’s, numerous punctual and sectorial initiatives/platforms have also been put into place. But when it comes to the private sector (works and services companies, consultants, study offices, and so on), it must be said that contacts and relations have been coy and shy, if not doubtful.
However, the general policy note of Minister de Croo involves a more assertive and deliberate view of the various kinds of public-private partnerships, in accordance with the new societal challenges and the diversification of stakeholders (post-Busan agenda, SDG, and so on).
The meeting was particularly interesting, and the Deputy Prime Minister was very considerate and concerned with improving the situation. We will remain in contact with his collaborators.