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A demographically diverse region, the countries of Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) have a strong demand for foreign investment and strong drivers to upgrade existing infrastructure and social infrastructure. While doing business in this region still involves the risks associated with most emerging markets, economic reforms, export growth to the EU and strong domestic demand across the region buoyed by foreign investment is driving economic progress.

If your strategic business interests include international expansion, consider the following about the region:

  • Strong drivers to upgrade existing infrastructure and social infrastructure
  • Large Market Size / Geographic Location
  • Comparatively High Rates of Economic Growth
  • Increases in Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) / Privatisation Opportunities
  • Currencies Pegged or Loosely Aligned with the Euro
  • Introduction EU Accession / Standardisation of Laws and Regulations
  • Comparatively Higher Rates of Return on Investments

    This conference will discuss the latest initiatives and projects planned so far, and will give all participants an opportunity to network with senior level representatives from the public and private sectors.

    A unique opportunity to learn from leading industry experts including:
    Jiri Kubinek, Deputy Minister, Ministry of Transport, Czech Republic
    Laszlo Csernenszky, Deputy General Director, Department of Investment Policy, Ministry of Economy and Transport, Hungary
    Dr Zita Takacs, Director of Economics, Olympic Project State Agency, Ministry of Children, Youth and Sports, Hungary
    Miklos Muranyi, Director, National Motorway Rt, Hungary
    Tadeusz Suwara, General Director, General Directorate for National Roads and Motorways, Poland
    Jim Southworth, CEO, Sofiyska Voda, Bulgaria
    Charles Paradis, Director, Motorway Concessions, Bouygues Construction
    Gunnar Lundberg, Senior Vice President, Skanska BOT
    Robin Earle, Senior Banker, EBRD
    Dr Marcus Kleiner, Head of Transportation and PFI, HypoVereins Bank, (HVB Group) Christine Vilanek, Senior Project Manager, BACA (HVB Group)
    Stephen Paine, Executive Director, Corporate Finance, UBS Warburg
    Paul Leatherdale, Managing Director, Head of Special Finance, Depfa Bank
    Ian Sivyer, Head of Risk Finance, Currie & Brown (Tubelines)

  • Conference programme

    8:30 Registration and Coffee

    9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Laszlo Partos

    Laszlo Partos, Partner, Squarra & Partos in co-operation with Lovells

    9:10 PRE-ACCESSION ASSISTANCE FROM THE EU

  • ISPA will become Cohesion Fund
  • Financing major environmental and transport infrastructure
  • PPP high in the agenda to strike the best balance for the final beneficiaries
  • European Commission published PPP Guidelines
  • Roberto Ridolfi

    Roberto Ridolfi, Co-ordinator, ISPA, European Commission

    Roberto Ridolfi

    Roberto Ridolfi, Co-ordinator, ISPA, European Commission

    9:40 CASE STUDY - THE LONDON UNDERGROUND

    Ian Sivyer

    Ian Sivyer, Head of Risk Finance and Insurance, Currie & Brown (Tubelines)

  • The modernisation programme
  • Combining public sector management with private sector expertise
  • Corporate risk and insurance management
  • Hurdles to overcome and solutions found
  • 10:20 WHY USE PPP?

  • Why use PPP instead of EU funding?
  • Whole life costing
  • Experience based on own projects in the UK, Finland and Russia
  • The sewage treatment plant in St Petersburg
  • The A1 in Poland
  • Gunnar Lundberg

    Gunnar Lundberg, Senior Vice President, Skanska BOT

    Gunnar Lundberg

    Gunnar Lundberg, Senior Vice President, Skanska BOT

    11:00 Morning Coffee

    11:20 IDENTIFYING AND EVALUATING KEY FACTORS TO ACHIEVE SUCCESSFUL PPP’S

  • Socio-economic cost-benefit analysis as an integrated approach
  • Justifying projects and policy assessment in financial terms
  • Assessing direct financial costs and benefits to users - Assessing existing and projected traffic flow - Toll road concessions and distance related toll - Time related payment (vignette) - Financing from government budget
  • Financial viability of the project
  • Overall economic and social value
  • Safety and health
  • Paul Leatherdale

    Paul Leatherdale, Managing Director, Head of Special Finance, DePfa Bank

    Paul Leatherdale

    Paul Leatherdale, Managing Director, Head of Special Finance, DePfa Bank

    12:00 DRIVING AND CO-ORDINATING THE OVERALL PROCESS

  • Leading driving and co-ordinating the overall PPP process
  • Mobilising high-level political support
  • Educating the public administration of the concept of PPP
  • Integrating government departments
  • Consulting with key stakeholders
  • Removing the barriers to PPPs
  • Laszlo Csernenszky

    Laszlo Csernenszky, Deputy General Director, Department of Investment Policy, Ministry of Economy and Transport, Hungary

    Laszlo Csernenszky

    Laszlo Csernenszky, Deputy General Director, Department of Investment Policy, Ministry of Economy and Transport, Hungary

    12:40 Lunch

    14:00 THE BUDAPEST ARENA

  • Aligning the interest of the public sector, service provider and the funders
  • The long term consequences of decision making
  • What could have/should have been done differently
  • Dr Zita Takacs

    Dr Zita Takacs, Director of Economics, Olympic Project State Agency, Ministry of Children, Youth and Sports, Hungary

    Dr Zita Takacs

    Dr Zita Takacs, Director of Economics, Olympic Project State Agency, Ministry of Children, Youth and Sports, Hungary

    14:40 NEW ROAD PROJECTS ON THE HORIZON

  • The advantages of PPP finance as opposed to traditional financing
  • Lessons learnt from the road projects so far
  • Further opportunities
  • Miklos Muranyi

    Miklos Muranyi, Director, National Motorway Rt, Hungary

    Miklos Muranyi

    Miklos Muranyi, Director, National Motorway Rt, Hungary

    15:20 Afternoon Tea

    15:40 THE ROLE OF CONCESSION BASED FINANCING TECHNIQUES IN CEE - TBA

  • Topic to be confirmed
  • Charles Paradis

    Charles Paradis, Director, Motorway Concessions, Bouygues Construction

    Charles Paradis

    Charles Paradis, Director, Motorway Concessions, Bouygues Construction

    16:20 BONDS VS. COMMERCIAL DEBT- TOPIC TO BE CONFIRMED

  • Fixed or floating interest rates
  • Allowing project sponsors increased financial flexibility
  • Costs, rates and loan duration
  • Assessing the competition between these two sources of finance for project funding
  • Benefiting from more competitive rates and growing tenors
  • Widening the lender profile
  • Stephen Paine

    Stephen Paine, Managing Director, UBS Investment Bank

    Stephen Paine

    Stephen Paine, Managing Director, UBS Investment Bank

    17:00 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    8:30 Registration and Coffee

    9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Andrew Koslowski

    Andrew Koslowski, Senior Partner, CMS Cameron McKenna

    Andrew Koslowski

    Andrew Koslowski, Senior Partner, CMS Cameron McKenna

    9:10 EBRD’S EXPERIENCE OF TOLL ROADS - THE LEARNING CURVE

  • What is the “right” toll level?
  • In-built flexibility
  • Traffic volume risk - where does the buck stop?
  • Robin Earle

    Robin Earle, Senior Banker, EBRD

    Robin Earle

    Robin Earle, Senior Banker, EBRD

    9:40 UTILISING FINANCE

  • The new law on Toll Motorways in Poland
  • Allowing greater flexibility in selecting financing options
  • Changing the principles applied to tenders in line with the experience gained
  • Creating a the National Motorways Fund (KFA)
  • Tadeusz Suwara

    Tadeusz Suwara, General Director, General Directorate for National Roads and Motorways, Poland

    Tadeusz Suwara

    Tadeusz Suwara, General Director, General Directorate for National Roads and Motorways, Poland

    10:20 THE D47 SHADOW TOLL ROAD –THE CONSTRUCTION COMPANY’S VIEW

  • The $1.5bn motorway
  • Difficulties encountered and solutions found
  • The first phase of the project
  • Planned opening
  • Roland Jurecka

    Roland Jurecka, Member of the Board, Bauholding Strabag

    Roland Jurecka

    Roland Jurecka, Member of the Board, Bauholding Strabag

    11:00 Morning Coffee

    11:20 THE EMERGENCE OF THE PPP SUPERLEAGUE

  • What can the CEE region learn from the international PPP markets in terms of :
  • Policy development
  • Central Management
  • The Taskforce
  • Departmental Units
  • General media coverage- influencing public opinion

    Lessons from Europe, Asia and Africa

  • Wale Shonibare

    Wale Shonibare, Senior Manager, KPMG Corporate Finance

    Wale Shonibare

    Wale Shonibare, Senior Manager, KPMG Corporate Finance

    12:00 DOES PPP REALLY PROVIDE VALUE FOR MONEY

  • International comparison of PPP assessment tools
  • Applying the PPP assessment tools to the accession countries
  • The Polish approach
  • Marcel van denBroek

    Marcel van denBroek, Managing Partner, ECORYS Finance

    Marcel van denBroek

    Marcel van denBroek, Managing Partner, ECORYS Finance

    12:40 Lunch

    14:00 THE D47 SHADOW TOLL ROAD

  • The first phase of the projects
  • The financial close
  • Jiri Kubinek

    Jiri Kubinek, Deputy Minister, Ministry of Transport, Czech Republic

    Jiri Kubinek

    Jiri Kubinek, Deputy Minister, Ministry of Transport, Czech Republic

    14:40 NEW PROCUREMENT LAW IN POLAND

  • Tender requirement for quasi-public entities
  • Exemptions from tender requirements
  • Conflict between tender requirements and concerns of lenders
  • Treatment of management services contracts
  • Impact of EU directives
  • Andrew Koslowski

    Andrew Koslowski, Senior Partner, CMS Cameron McKenna

    Andrew Koslowski

    Andrew Koslowski, Senior Partner, CMS Cameron McKenna

    15:20 Afternoon Tea

    15:40 THE CASE STUDY OF SOFIYSKA VODA - BULGARIA

  • The financial, social and environmental considerations
  • Long term benefits of modern water and wastewater services
  • Working in partnership with the community
  • Meeting the contracted levels of service
  • Jim Southworth

    Jim Southworth, CEO, Sofiyska Voda, Bulgaria

    Jim Southworth

    Jim Southworth, CEO, Sofiyska Voda, Bulgaria

    16:20 MANAGING RISKS ASSOCIATED WITH CHANGING LEGISLATION AND BUDGETARY ISSUES IN ROAD PROJECTS – JOINT PRESENTATION

  • Risk sharing – passing all risks to the private sector?
  • Risks typically taken by the private sector
  • Demonstrating bankability
  • Christine Vilanek

    Christine Vilanek, Senior project Manager, BACA (HVB Group)

    Dr Marcus Kleiner

    Dr Marcus Kleiner, Head of Transportation and PFI, HypoVereinsbank (HVB Group)

    Christine Vilanek

    Christine Vilanek, Senior project Manager, BACA (HVB Group)

    Dr Marcus Kleiner

    Dr Marcus Kleiner, Head of Transportation and PFI, HypoVereinsbank (HVB Group)

    17:00 Chairman's Closing Remarks and Close of Conference

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