China approves projects worth $128 billion

Beijing, Oct 28 (IANS) China has approved 223 public-private partnership (PPP) projects worth 815 billion yuan ($128 billion) since the end of 2013, an official said.

However, the country still lacks professionals in the field and more support is needed from local governments, Xinhua quoted Zhou Chengyue, a source with the ministry of finance, as saying on Tuesday.

PPPs are collaborative projects between governments and private companies that are mainly funded and operated by the latter.

China is turning to PPPs to bridge a huge financing shortfall in infrastructure construction, which it hopes will temper the economic slowdown caused largely by the property downturn.

Such partnerships are also believed to improve public products and services.

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