4th Poland & CEE PPP, Infrastructure Forum 2015
This year’s event brought together over 100 leading PPP experts; government officials, construction firms, legal and financial advisors, project management consultants, investment and private banks, from all across Europe tackling key issues facing attractiveness and feasibility of recent PPP market developments in Central-Eastern Europe.
To begin with we would like to convey the warmest greetings to InfraLinx Capital, Official Event Partner 2015, for all the assistance along the way.
Chaired by Agnieszka Gajewska (Partner, InfraLinx Capital), the event moved swiftly onto an overview of the PPP market in CEE from Mr Dan Cocker (Partner at Allen & Overy).
The morning session paid focus to PPPs in Poland. Recent case study by Warbud’s Financial Analyst, Mr Marek Pyra set the tone for debate. Presentation evolved around Nowy Sacz PPP project and pricing and competitiveness aspects between private side bidders. Next, Mr Pyra joined a panel discussion by Piotr Rotter from Intertoll, Piotr Soltyski (Hochtief PPP Solutions), Jozef Kielbasa (Director, District Court of Nowy Sacz), Dominika Nowosinska (Mott MacDonald), and Julien Guery from Colas – with Ms Gajewska as a Moderator. It galvanized a lively discussion on risk allocation, the roles and responsibilities of the parties who are commissioning and executing the project.
A short coffee break allowed us to separate Polish and Slovakian take on Public Private Partnership. The next session began with a bold presentation from the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Slovakia Project Manager, Mr Martin Smatana. He showcased ‘full-scale’ PPP and the new university hospital Bratislava project.
Departing from Healthcare and shifting from the public sector view, our next insightful session focused on Transportation. Delivered by Mr Jan Brazda, PwC Director advising the Slovak Ministry of Transport, it was dedicated to the New Slovak Road PPP opportunity. Our next speaker was Mr Eric Fleurisson, Business Development Director at Bouygues Batiment International presenting a comparative case study of Zagreb vs Iqaluit Airports.
The above speeches all perfectly led us to be involved in a debate on how attractive CEE PPP market is and how to foster the climate and confidence for more PPPs to happen in the future. Moderated by Mr Tadas Jagminas (Director, Invest Lithuania), the panellists list comprised: Peter Spalda (Ministry of Transport, Construction and Regional Development of the Slovak Republic), Marcel Babczynski (Erste Group Bank AG), Klaus Kathmann (Strabag) and Alex Kornman (Macquarie Capital).
After networking lunch break, we covered in depth how to improve financial attractiveness for PPPs. Mr Michal Lubieniecki (CIO, Polskie Inwestycje Rozwojowe S.A.) spoke about Equity funding for PPP in the context of student accommodation project at Jagiellonian University in Krakow.
Ms Agnieszka Szymczyk (Senior Banker, EBRD) presented the IFI's view on PPP projects. Both presentations set the ground for the debate that followed, with Mr Philippe Valahu (Infralinx Capital) as a moderator, Mr Alex Yew (John Laing), Mr Michal Dymicki (BGK), Mr Marco Rosso (Meridiam Infrastructure), Mr Darryl D’Souza (The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ) and Mr Lukasz Dziekonski (Marguerite 2020) exchanged their views on the potential of equity / infrastructure funds/ institutional investors in funding public projects and identifying projects suitable for structuring, financing and sustaining PPPs.
The last discussion panel was dedicated to enhancing Hybrid PPPs and offered an informative and unique insight into Poznan waste-to-energy plant project a pioneering initiative in this part of Europe. Contributing to this panel was Ms Bozena Przewozna (Poznan City Hall), Mr Rafal Cieslak (Kancelaria Doradztwa Gospodarczego), Mr Jan Dziekanski (Crido Taxand) and Ms Dominika Nowosinska (Mott MacDonald). Moderating this lively discussion was Mr Krzysztof Kasprzyk, Head of Regional and Cohesion Policy Department, Permanent Representation of the Republic of Poland to the EU.
After the chairman’s closing remarks, the day closed with a Drink Reception where Guests had the perfect opportunity to speak with each other further and discuss the days’ ideas whilst enjoying glass of wine.
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