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"The inclusion of a significant provision for Public Private Partnerships in the 5 year envelope will provide a strong incentive to Departments and agencies to pursue the PPP route on a value for money basis"
Charlie Mc Creevy, T.D., Minister of Finance, 3 December 2003

Further to the Irish Minister of Finance Charlie Mc Creevy's announcement of a major State Investment Programme, which includes a Euro 5.6 billion Infrastructure Investment and a Euro 1 Billion programme to upgrade Ireland's primary schools, we are delighted to announce SMi's 7th annual Private Finance in Ireland and Northern Ireland conference.

This conference will detail new opportunities and challenges in procuring and delivering Irish Infrastructure and Social Infrastructure sector, through key presentations and will provide and ample opportunity to network.

Speakers already secured for this event are:
Andy Carty, Chief Executive, Strategic Investment Board, Northern Ireland
Sandy Rosie, Director, Financial Partnerships Unit, Scottish Executive
Finn Lyden, Managing Director, SIAC
Brandon McMaster, Audit Manager, Northern Ireland Audit Office
Paddy McNally, Head of PPP & Strategy Unit, Department of Education, Northern Ireland
Eddie Lewis, Principal Officer, PPP Unit, Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government, Ireland
Rory O’Connor, Dublin Metro Project Director, Railway Procurement Agency, Ireland
Dympna Butler, Principal Officer, PPP Unit, Department of Health and Children, Ireland
Dr Jorge Simoes, President, Parcerias Saude, Ministry of Health, Portugal
Richard Banyard, Lift Project Director, West Hull Primary Care Trust
Lorcan Wood, Head of Development & Engineering, NTR
Paul Finnerty, Partner, KPMG Corporate Finance
Thomas C. Barrett,Director, European Investment Bank
Shane O’Neill, Associate Director, Structured Finance, AIB
Layth Irani, Assistant General Manager, SMBCE
John Kirwan, Managing Director, Special Finance Unit, Depfa
Jeremy Williams, Consultant, Morgan Cole
Mark Courtneidge, Director, AON
Ian Hodgson, Partner, Head of PFI/PPP Practice, Denton Wilde Sapte

Invitation to present:
NRA
Department of Education and Science, Ireland
Department of Finance, Ireland
NDFA

Conference programme

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Amanda Nicholls

Amanda Nicholls, Editor, PFI Intelligence Bulletin

9:10 KEYNOTE ADDRESS

Andy Carty

Andy Carty, Chief Executive, Strategic Investment Board, Northern Ireland

  • A new organisation to deliver – SIB
  • Meeting a funding deficit
  • New delivery models
  • 9:40 OVERVIEW OF THE IRISH NATIONAL ROADS PROGRAMME

    Dave Geary

    Dave Geary, Group Treasurer, NTR

  • The funding challenges
  • Opportunities for private sector involvement
  • Experience gained and lessons learnt
  • The way forward
  • 10:20 RISK AND INSURANCE IN PPP'S

    Mark Courtneidge

    Mark Courtneidge, Director, AON

  • Problems and solutions specific to Ireland
  • 11:00 Morning Coffee

    11:20 BANKABLE SOLUTIONS FOR ACCOMODATION PPP’S

    John Kirwan

    John Kirwan, Managing Director - Special Finance Unit, DePfaBank AG

  • Evolution of accommodation PPP’s in the UK
  • Practical experiences in the UK
  • Legal and contractual issues
  • Allocation of risk
  • Lessons learnt
  • Opportunities in Ireland and Northern Ireland
  • 12:00 PPP IN THE LOCAL GOVERNMENT SECTOR

    Denis McDonald

    Denis McDonald, Assistant Principal Officer, PPP Unit, Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government, Ireland

    12:40 Lunch

    14:00 CURRENT CHALLENGES IN HEALTHCARE

    Aidan O’Reilly

    Aidan O’Reilly, Assistant Principal Officer, PPP Unit, Department of Health and Children, Ireland

    14:40 THE CHANGING IMPLICATIONS OF PRICING RISK

    Shane O’Neill

    Shane O’Neill, Associate Director, Structured Finance, AIB

  • Traditional methods of pricing
  • Pricing for risk and capital allocation
  • Examples of risk adjusted pricing
  • Implications and future development
  • 15:20 Afternoon Tea

    15:40 THE ROLE OF THE EIB IN FINANCING LARGE INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECTS IN IRELAND

    Thomas C Barrett

    Thomas C Barrett, Director, European Investment Bank

  • Regulatory developments relevant to PPP’s
  • Focus on progress
  • Obstacles to progress
  • 16:20 FUNDING PPP ROAD PROJECTS

    Layth Irani

    Layth Irani, Assistant General Manager, SMBCE

  • Current European activity in the road sector
  • Approaches to revenue- real toll vs. shadow toll vs. availability
  • Legal framework
  • Traffic risk
  • Funding availability in a shrinking market of providers
  • Emerging trends
  • Ireland in context
  • 17:00 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    8:30 Re-registration & Coffee

    9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Ian Hodgson

    Ian Hodgson, Head of PFI/PPP Practice, Denton Wilde Sapte

    9:10 CASE STUDY - FIRST IRISH PPP ROAD CONTRACT SIGNED

    Finn Lyden

    Finn Lyden, Managing Director, SIAC

    9:40 FINANCING SOCIAL INFRASTRUCTURE

    Paddy McNally

    Paddy McNally, Head of PPP & Strategy Unit, Department of Education, Northern Ireland

  • An update on the ongoing projects
  • SIB investment
  • Managing change
  • The way forward
  • 10:20 PFI: BUILDING THE FUTURE-LEARNING FROM THE PAST

    Brandon McMaster

    Brandon McMaster, Audit Manager, Northern Ireland Audit Office

  • Promoting accountability and the best use of public money
  • Encouraging beneficial change in the provision of public services
  • Focusing on best practice
  • Applying the lessons
  • Improving delivery
  • 11:00 Morning Coffee

    11:20 THE PORTUGUESE HOSPITAL PROGRAMME

    Dr Jorge Simoes

    Dr Jorge Simoes, President, Parcerias Saude, Ministry of Health, Portugal

  • The reasons behind the decision to proceed with PPP
  • Setting the scene: the PPP “variable geometry approach” to healthcare
  • The role of the Portuguese Health Taskforce
  • The first wave of hospitals to be tendered
  • The second batch of projects
  • What could Ireland adopt from this approach?
  • 12:00 NHS – LIFT AND HANDLE WITH CARE!

    Richard Banyard

    Richard Banyard, Project Director, Hull NHS LIFT, West Hull Primary Care Trust

  • LIFT in theory
  • LIFT in practice
  • Benefits, challenges and pitfalls
  • Can lift work in an international context?
  • 12:40 Lunch

    14:00 TROUBLED TIMES FOR IRISH PPP?

    Paul Finnerty

    Paul Finnerty, Project Finance/PPP Partner, KPMG

  • Growing discontent in the marketplace?
  • Banking market concerns – valid or not?
  • Public sector attitude to risk and value of risk transfer
  • Future for PPP in Ireland?
  • Differences in approach in Northern Ireland
  • 14:40 PPP IN SCOTLAND

    Sandy Rosie

    Sandy Rosie, Director, Financial Partnerships Unit, Scottish Executive

  • Sector review
  • Evolving PPP issues
  • The role of FPU
  • 15:20 DEATH OF THE PREFERRED BIDDER?

    Jeremy Williams

    Jeremy Williams, Consultant, Morgan Cole

  • The revision of the Public Procurement Directives
  • The preferred bidder stage
  • Changes to the contractual criteria during the preferred bidder stage
  • Competition in services of general economic interest - and how to avoid EU competition and State aid problems in PPP/PFI contracts
  • 16:00 Chairman's Closing Remarks and Close of Conference

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