3rd Southeast Europe PPP Infrastructure Forum: Building for future growth
E.E.L Events' 3rd Annual Southeast Europe PPP Infrastructure Forum took place in the DoubleTree By Hilton on 12-13 June in Zagreb, Croatia. Attracting over 70 attendees. this year's event provided unique opportunities for industry key players to share their expertise and experiences in the region during feature presentations, dynamic panel discussions and extensive networking sessions.
We would like to give great thanks to our sponsor, speakers, delegates and partners. Most especially, Associate Sponsor RB Consult along with our partners IPFA, United Kingdom Trade and Investment in Croatia, the Croatian Chamber of Commerce, SEETO, Croatian Agency for PPP and PPP Institute Poland.
The forum was opened by the Chairman, Mr Branko Bajatovic (Avistum, United Kingdom), who provided a detailed overview of topics to be covered throughout the day and the current market challenges experienced by the region .
First feature speaker was Mr. Edin Hadzavdic, presenting on behalf of The Economist Intelligence Unit on Southeast Europe readiness for PPPs, measured through the Infrascope index, assessing the planning and implementation of PPPs in each country across three specific sectors of water and sanitation, transportation and energy.
Dr. Danijel Kusljic (CEI, Croatia) offered an insight into the Croatian PPP situation, providing a detailed overview of the analysis of legal frameworks and assessment of upcoming tenders.
Ms. Nurhan Karaca from the General Directorate of Foreign Economic Relations in Turkey, followed with a presentation on PPP Model in Turkey, giving the audience a detailed insight into the Turkish PPP perspective, discussing financing models and legal frameworks. Attendees then retired for the first extended networking coffee break of the day.
After a chance for participants to make introductions and establish connections, the second session of the morning commenced, focusing on PPP Development Challenges. Mr. Stevan Dimitrijevic (Karanovic & Nikolic, Bosnia & Herzegovina) discussed the Legal Frameworks of PPPs, highlighting the challenges of the enacted laws on PPP on the different administrative levels within Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Mr. Apostolos Papadopoulos (Grant Thornton, Greece) swiftly followed, outlining the missed opportunities in SEE, identifying the issues and how we can learn from these, for future directions.
The session closed with a diverse panel of experts who each shared their own experiences on overcoming and sharing risks in SEE. Panel Chair, Mr Branko Bajatovic, guided the discussion. Participants included: Mr. Toshiaki Sakatsume (EBRD, UK) Mr. Stevan Dimitrijevic (Karanovic & Nikolic, BiH) Mr. Apostolos Papadopoulos (Grant Thornton, Greece) Mr. Bernard Snoy (IFI Coordination Office, Belgium) and Mr. Rodolofo E. Echeverria (ACI World Economics Standing Committee, Jordan)
The final session of the day focused on Financing and investing in SEE. Mr. Marcel Babczynski from Erste Group Bank (Czech Republic) provided a presentation on Financing PPPs from a banks perspective. Afterwards, Mr. Krzystof Siwek from Poland provided a comprehensive case study based on the PPP Poznan WtE experience, outlining combining EU funds under a PPP approach. The session was rounded by a panel discussion, which was moderated by Mr. Nigel Davies (Wyn River Limited, UK). Panellists included: Mr. Filipe Dias Rodrigues (TIIC, Portugal), Mr. Krzystof Siwek (Poland), Mr. Libor Krkoska (EBRD, Bosnia & Herzegovina).
The close of the conference for day 1, was followed by a cocktail reception in the networking area of the hotel.
The second day of the conference focused on specific sectors within social and transport infrastructure. The chairman Prof.dr. Sasa Marenjak (PPP Centar Croatia), presented the first session of the day on delivering social infrastructure opportunities in the region, which was followed by a detailed overview of education infrastructure, presented by Ms. Jelena Jockovic (EC Harris).
After the networking coffee break, the conference resumed with the final session of the conference, focusing on delivering PPPs within transport infrastructure, which is an extremely important and current topic within the region.
The session started with Ms. Ana Simecki (SEETO, Serbia) delivering an update on the SEETO Comprehensive Network Investments, outlining PPP transport projects and investments within the entire SEE region.
Mr. Rodolfo E. Echeverria (ACI World Economics Standing Committee, Jordan) followed with an international case study on airport development through PPPs in Jordan, reflecting details on the successful Queen Alia Airport.
The last and final panel discussion, discussing delivering transport projects in SEE, moderated by Mr. Branko Bajatovic, started with a brief presentation on the ongoing Zagreb Airport PPP project, delivered by Mr. Victor Stefanescu (Bouygues, France). Panellists included: Mr. Tony Stratford (Intertoll, UK) Mr. Krunoslav Sams (Ministry of Maritime Affairs, Transport & Infrastructure, Croatia) and Mr. Dusan Topic (JP Autoputevi RS, Bosnia & Herzegovina).
EEL Events would like to thank the sponsor, partners, and attendees of our successful SEE PPP Infrastructure Forum 2013, and we look forward to welcoming you back to one of our future events. If you would like to be involved as a sponsor, speaker, panellist or delegate please contact us directly Aga.Pawlowska@eelevents.co.uk and Merima.Dzanic@eelevents.co.uk.