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There continues to be significant investment in Ireland and Northern Ireland, with a number of PPP/PFI projects earmarked for commencement of procurement in 2005.

The projects are spread across a range of sectors, including water, roads, education/accommodation and health, with announcements imminent on the Dublin metro project as well as major water and road projects in Northern Ireland.

Following on from the past years, 8th annual PPP in Ireland & Northern Ireland conference will bring together Government officials, project sponsors, developers, financiers and others from the national and international markets.

Participants at last year's event included: AIB, AON, AssetCo, Bank of Ireland, Bank of Scotland, Barclays Bank, Bifinger Pugh, Credit Industriel et Commerical, Department of Health and Children, Department of Transport, Depfa, Deptartment for Regional Development, DWPF, EIB, Ernst & Young, Fluor, Goodbody Stockbrokers, Graham Martin, IIB Bank, J&H Marsh & McLennan Group, KBC, KPMG, NDFA, Northern Ireland Audit Office, NTR, PPP Education Service, PPP South Eastern Education & Library Board, PPP Unit Department of Finance, Railway Procurement Agency, Scottish Executive, SIAC, SIB, SMBCE, South Eastern Education and Library Board, St Patrick's Hospital, Symonds Group, West Hull Primary Care Trust, Yorkshire Water Services

We look forward to welcoming you on the 8th annual PPP in Ireland & Northern Ireland conference in Dublin.

Conference programme

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Thomas Barrett

Thomas Barrett, Director, European Investment Bank

9:10 IRELAND'S PPP PROGRAMME

Stephanie O'Donnell

Stephanie O'Donnell, Head of Central PPP Unit, Department Of Finance

  • Our Aims: 
  • To encourage PPPs as a standard Government procurement method
  • To facilitate the growth of a sustainable and dynamic Irish PPP market  
  •  PPP role under Capital Investment Framework going forward
  • Overview of developments in sectors and PPP structures
  • Update on latest PPP guidelines
  • Overview of developments in sectors and PPP structures
  • 9:40 NORTHERN IRELAND’S INFRASTRUCTURE PROGRAMME FOR INFRASTRUCTURE INVESTMENT

    David Gavaghan

    David Gavaghan, Chief Executive, Strategic Investment Board

  • Establishing the Strategic Investment Board
  • Investment strategy for Northern Ireland
  • The scope and application of PPPs in Northern Ireland
  • Lessons learnt from recent experience
  • 10:10 Morning Coffee

    10:40 COST EFFECTIVE FINANCE FOR PPPs

    Anne Counihan

    Anne Counihan, Chief Executive, National Development Finance Agency

  • Advising State authorities on the optimal means of financing public investment projects
  • Ensuring value for money
  • Raising finance for NDP projects
  • Establishing Special Purpose Companies (SPCs) for the purpose of securing finance
  • The National Development Finance Agency Act and effects on PPPs
  • 11:10 ASSESSING IRELAND’S PPPs

    Jim Barry

    Jim Barry, Chief Executive, NTR

  • Overview of developments to date
  • Problems encountered
  • Responding to challenges
  • Assessing the various sectors’ PPP potential
  • What needs to be done?
  • 11:40 PPPs IN THE IRISH HEALTH SECTOR

    Aidan O'Reilly

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

  • Current challenge facing the Department of Health & Children
  • Health Strategy: Findings and commitments – creating 850 additional beds through PPPs
  • Approach to PPP in Healthcare Pilot projects – Eastern Regional Health Authority (ERHA) and Southern Health Board (SHB)
  • Overview of pilot projects – design, build, finance and partial operation by the private sector; clinical services provided by the ERHA and SHB; 25 year contracts
  • Health Sector Reform
  • 12:10 Networking Lunch

    13:40 DRIVING PPPs FORWARD

    Gerry Murphy

    Gerry Murphy, PPP Manager, National Roads Authority

  • Schemes underway
  • Process and contract
  • Some key issues
  • Current activities and future plans
  • 14:10 BOND FINANCING FOR INFRASTRUCTURE

    Bronte Somes

    Bronte Somes, Associate Director, UBS Warburg

  • Project characteristics
  • Bond structures
  • Advantages and disadvantages
  • Case studies: Metronet, LCR
  • 14:40 Afternoon Tea

    15:10 NETWORKING ROUND TABLE DISCUSSIONS

    Glenn Fox

    Glenn Fox, Director, FGIC

    Gregor Hamilton

    Gregor Hamilton, Projects Partner, McGrigors

    Thomas Barrett

    Thomas Barrett, Director, European Investment Bank

    Anthony Bicknell

    Anthony Bicknell, Director - Structured Finance, David Wylde Project Finance

    Paul Leatherdale

    Paul Leatherdale, M. D. & Head Of Infrastructure Finance, DEPFA Bank

    Rob Dornton-Duff

    Rob Dornton-Duff, Associate Director - Corporate Risk Advisory, Barclays Capital

    17:00 Close of Day One

    8:30 Re-registration & Coffee

    9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Aidan Walsh

    Aidan Walsh, Partner, Corporate Finance, PricewaterhouseCoopers

    9:10 PUBLIC PROCUREMENT POLICY

    Matthias Petschke

    Matthias Petschke, Head of Unit, Public Procurement & PPP Issues, European Commission

    Thorsten Behnke

    Thorsten Behnke, Administrator, European Commission

    9:40 VALUE FOR MONEY

    Brandon McMaster

    Brandon McMaster, Audit Manager, Northern Ireland Audit Office

  • Minimising transaction costs
  • Assessing demand – crystal ball or evidence based?
  • Importance of whole life costing
  • Taking the risks / sharing the profits
  • The importance of managing PPP relationships
  • 10:10 PPPs IN NORTHERN IRELAND’S SCHOOLS ESTATE

    Paddy McNally

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

  • Progress of the original six pathfinders projects
  • Capital Programmes – 2001-2003
  • Overview of latest New Starts Capital Programme 2004
  • Investment/procurement strategy
  • Future goals
  • 10:40 Morning Coffee

    11:10 CASE STUDY: NATIONAL MARITIME COLLEGE OF IRELAND

    Stephen Hockaday

    Stephen Hockaday, Director, Bovis Lend Lease

  • Project overview : A specialist education sector PPP – financing, construction and facilities management of the college for a 25 year period
  • The consortium structure
  • Challenges met and obstacles overcome
  • Future plans and lessons learnt
  • 11:40 WATER SERVICE NORTHERN IRELAND

    Sue Holmes

    Sue Holmes, Director, PPP Directorate

  • Addressing non-compliance and underinvestment
  • Meeting water resource strategy
  • Minimising water charge impact
  • A building block of Go Co
  • 12:10 Networking Lunch

    13:10 PPPs IN THE LOCAL GOVERNMENT SECTOR

    Denis McDonald

    Denis McDonald, Assistant Principal, Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government

  • Progress updates: Water and Wastewater Sector, Waste Sector, Housing Sector
  • The National Development Plan – Infrastructure deficit and meeting EU requirements
  • Role of PPPs – Current developments and future challenges
  • Case studies: Dublin Bay Project; Poolbeg Thermal Treatment/Waste to Energy; Fatima Mansions
  • Local Authority PPP Seed Fund – Why introduced? Review of its operation
  • The big possibilities – Bray and Greystones Harbour Redevelopments
  • 14:10 CASE STUDY - MODERNISING THE COURTS

    Anthony Carleton

    Anthony Carleton, Director of Corporate Services and Modernisation, Northern Ireland Court Service

  • The first PPP courts' project in the UK to be completed
  • The technology delivered through PPP
  • Assessment of project now operational
  • Refinancing the project - the first NI project to refinance
  • The next steps
  • 14:40 CURRENT LEGAL ISSUES IN PPP IN NORTHERN IRELAND

    Gregor Hamilton

    Gregor Hamilton, Projects Partner, McGrigors

    15:10 Afternoon Tea

    15:40 A BANKING PERSPECTIVE

    Andrew Hartley

    Andrew Hartley, Head Of Infastructure, Global Project Finance, Bank of Ireland

  • Transactions signed to date
  • Deal pipeline
  • Funding issues
  • Funding options
  • Comparison to UK PFI model
  • Recommendations
  • 16:10 GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTING

  • Why on/off balance sheet structures are used in PPPs
  • Consistency of rule – identifying the grey area
  • Relevant accounting principles
  • Tax considerations
  • Pros and cons of current off balance sheet structures
  • Paul Finnerty

    Paul Finnerty, Partner, KPMG Corporate Finance

    Michele Connolly

    Michele Connolly, Director, KPMG

    16:40 Chairman's Closing Remarks and Close of Conference

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