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The Italian Government's Economic and Financial White Paper has emphasised the importance of establishing PPPs in the infrastructure sector. The White Paper predicts the amount of investment to reach the private sector to be as high as 25billion Euros over the next five years. The 2003-06 edition states that the public administration is to deliver fewer and fewer public services, and is increasing the amount of services to be delivered by the private sector.

The government has approved the first 10-year Strategic Infrastructure Investment Programme’ which amounts to 125.8billion Euros and includes in excess of 200 projects in a vast number of sectors including transport, (mass transit systems), roads and highways, railway tunnels and viaducts, water resources, supply fetching and transportation systems, energy and telecommunication. Of 824 projects - 58% are awaiting for the deceleration of public interest, 492 are under tender.

In its 6th year, this event will be discussion-led, examine market deal flow and identify key sectors for future activity. In addition to the Italian Government, you will have the opportunity to network with primary infrastructure sponsors, developers and funders who are currently leading key pathfinders across Italy.

Keynote address

  • Professor Mario Baldassari, Deputy Minister, Ministry of Economy and Finance

Welcoming address

  • Peter Jones, EU Economic and Trade Counsellor, British Embassy

Government speakers:

  • Roberto Tortoli, Undersecretary of State, Ministry of Environment
  • Ercole Incalza, Counsellor, Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport
  • Giuseppe Giuffré, Legislative Consultant of the Minister for PPP/PFI, Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport and Lawyer, Studio Legale Caporale-Carbone- Giuffré

Invitation to: Alberto Carzaniga, Head of PPP Task Force, Ministry of Economy and Finance

Hear presentations from:

  • Sen Luigi Grillo, Chairman of 8th Standing Commission (Public Works and Communication), Italian Senate Cecillia Felicetti, Head of PPP Projects, Finlombarda
  • Giuseppe Zamberletti, President, IGI - Istituto Grandi Infrastrutture
  • Pietro Ciucci, CEO, Stretto di Messina
  • Dr Marco Doglio, Chief Financial Officer, RFI
  • Dr Pietro Cordova, Head of International Project Finance - Corporate Development, Autostrade

Conference programme

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 WELCOMING ADDRESS

Peter Jones

Peter Jones, EU Economic and Trade Counsellor, British Embassy Rome

9:10 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Franco Vigliano

Franco Vigliano, Partner, Allen & Overy

9:15 KEYNOTE SPEAKER

Professor Mario Baldassari

Professor Mario Baldassari, Deputy Minister, Ministry of Economy and Finance

  • Using PPPs in line with amended Italian framework
  • The role of the private sector to invest and facilitate within the PPP schemes
  • What initiatives are there in the regions?
  • How effective are regional task forces?
  • Bridging the infrastructure gap by improving framework for PPPs
  • 9:35 PPP OPPORTUNITIES IN WASTE MANAGEMENT

    Roberto  Tortoli

    Roberto Tortoli, Undersecretary of State, Ministry of Environment

  • Waste policy and management after the introduction of European regulatory framework
  • Municipal solid waste (MSW) – a growing problem
  • Regional contrasts in waste management offer great opportunities for PPPs
  • Pros and cons of PPP initiatives in Italian waste sector
  • Case studies:
  • Prima srl waste to energy project
  • Expected waste to energy project in Sicily
  • Naples waste to energy project – a year on
  • Future plans and projects for effective and efficient waste disposal
  • 10:05 THE PROJECT FINANCING NATIONAL OBSERVATORY

    Paolo Buzzetti

    Paolo Buzzetti, President, Agency of the Chamber of Commerce of Rome

    10:35 Morning Coffee

    11:05 AIMS AND OBJECTIVES OF THE NEW TASK FORCE

    Alberto Carzaniga

    Alberto Carzaniga, Head of PPP Taskforce, Ministry of Economy and Finance

  • Update on recent achievements
  • Task force's aims and objectives for the year ahead
  • Comments on selection of new major projects
  • What has been learnt from past projects?
  • Aspirations and expectations for the future
  • 11:50 TANGIBLE SIGNS FOR UPTURN IN DEAL FLOW

    Ercole  Incalza

    Ercole Incalza, Counsellor, Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport

  • Redefining PPP procurement process has sparked new optimism in market place
  • The need of increasing public sector expertise
  • Overcoming overlapping competencies at federal and regional government level
  • New sectors and market trends
  • Lessons to be learnt from other European experiences
  • Projects on the horizon
  • 12:35 Networking Buffet Lunch

    14:00 ***PRESENTATION TO BE HELD IN ITALIAN***

    Giuseppe Giuffre

    Giuseppe Giuffre, Legislative Consultant of the Minister of PPP/PFI, Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport and Lawyer, Studio Legale Caporale-Carbone-Giuffré

  • Regulation for general contractors
  • Reform of the Merloni law
  • New procedure of VIA
  • Reception of European directive
  • 14:40 ***PRESENTATION TO BE HELD IN ITALIAN***

    Sen Luigi Grillo

    Sen Luigi Grillo, of 8th Standing Commission (Public Worksand Communication), Italian Senate

  • Lesson learnt from the experience of PPP/PFI deals via Public Works Law
  • Market testing of the stakeholders on the market made by the Senate Commission: why a new legislative framework for PPP/PFI?
  • Stumbling blocks for the future: amendments of the law and new best practices for public works and services
  • Main contents of the new act presented at the Parliament: relevant changes and new perspectives for the market
  • 15:00 Afternoon Tea

    15:20 ASTALDI EXPERIENCE IN ITALIAN MARKET

    Senior representative

    Senior representative, Resp Project Finance, Astaldi

  • Overview of PPP/PFI Italian market
  • Health sector: Mestre and Naples case study
  • Metro line: Milan MM5 case study
  • 16:00 FINANCING A MAJOR PROJECT

    Monica Foschi

    Monica Foschi, Vice President, Project Finance, Unicredit - Banca Mediocredito

  • PPP/PFI market overview: general and strategic infrastructures, main sectors, deal flow
  • PPP/PFI schemes and bankability: concession of public works, concession of public services, general contractor, joint venture
  • Lessons from the experience: healthcare, toll roads, waste to energy
  • Stumbling blocks for the future: concession and general contractor
  • 16:40 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    8:30 Registration & Coffee

    9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Richard Payne

    Richard Payne, Director, Currie & Brown

    9:10 THE NEW ITALIAN 4Ps COMMITTEE

    Stefano  Nardini

    Stefano Nardini, PA to President Zamberletti, IGI - Istituto Grandi Infrastrutture

  • The role of the taskforce
  • Obstacles and hurdles
  • Lessons learnt from reform process
  • Current initiatives
  • What needs to be done next?
  • 9:50 CONCESSIONS LAW

    Cecillia Felicetti

    Cecillia Felicetti, Head of PPP Projects, Finlombarda Sp A

  • Analysing the legal contract clauses that need to be set to have Public Private Partnerships operating at their most efficient level: analysing the Italian hospital bids
  • Balancing stringent regulations against red tape regulatory procedures that slow down the Public Private Partnerships processes
  • Analysing how an over-regulated framework can further hinder the pace at which a Public Private Partnership operates
  • 10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 IMPLEMENTING THE LEGGE OBIETTIVO

    Franco Vigliano

    Franco Vigliano, Partner, Allen & Overy

  • Credit sensitivities
  • Current status of interim credits
  • Global performance guarantee v. performance bonds
  • Anticipated changes
  • 11:40 ARE GENERAL CONTRACTOR SCHEMES BANKABLE?

    Mauro  Maia

    Mauro Maia, Head of Infrastructure Finance, Mediobanca – Banca di Credito Finanziario

    12:20 IMPLEMENTING PPPs IN ITALY

    Luca Pecchio

    Luca Pecchio, Director, Infrastructure Division, Techint S.p.A

  • Development of PPPs in the healthcare sector in Italy
  • The award system of a concession: timing and bankability
  • The Legnano 550 beds hospital case
  • 13:00 Networking Buffet Lunch

    14:15 FINANCING PPP IN ITALY

    Francesco Nale

    Francesco Nale, Associate, ABN AMRO

  • Financing the Mestre hospital project: an overview
  • Lessons learnt from Mestre: a view from the banks
  • The roles for banks in developing and financing projects
  • Pros and cons of project financing and the involvement of banks
  • What can be done to foster investment from banks and other financial institutions?
  • 14:55 DEVELOPING PRIVATE AND STATE FINANCING FOR RAIL INFRASTRUCTURE

    Dr Marco Doglio

    Dr Marco Doglio, Chief Financial Officer, RFI

  • Examining the construction of the high speed/high capacity vertical link Turin-Milan-Naples
  • Exploring the key component of Europe’s priority projects
  • Looking at the investment plan
  • Forecasts, revenues and debt profile
  • 15:35 Afternoon Tea

    16:00 STRETTO DI MESSINA – CASE STUDY

     Stefano Granati

    Stefano Granati, Chief Financial Officer, Societa Stretto di Messina S.p.A

  • Where are we today?
  • Examining the landmark infrastructure and its construction risks
  • Looking at the financial structure and sources of funds
  • Framework and concession agreements
  • Evaluating the environmental and social impact of the bridge
  • Development of infrastructures in Southern Italy
  • 16:40 NEW BUILDING OF THE BOLOGNA MUNICIPALITY PROJECT

    Cristiano Cannarsa

    Cristiano Cannarsa, Head of Infrastructure Division, Banca Opi

  • The concession schemes under the Merloni law in the public buildings sector
  • Project description and main terms
  • 17:00 PPP INFRASTRUCTURE FUND

    Alberto Eichholzer

    Alberto Eichholzer, Head of Research and Investments, Sanpaolo IMI

    17:20 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Conference

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