PPP FUNDING, LEGAL FRAMEWORK AND OPPORTUNITIES
08:30
Registration and welcome
09:25
Chairman’s opening remarks

Ziad Hayek Vice Chair UN Working Party on PPP, United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) President, Wold Association of PPP Units & Professionals (WAPPP) Ex-Secretary General of The High Council of Privatization and PPP(HCP), Lebanon
Session 1: Investment Climate & Sources of Funding for PPPs in the MENA region
09:30
PANEL DISCUSSION: The investment climate in the MENA region: Setting the Grounds: Benefits, opportunities & challenges

  • Economic Visions from GCC and how they relate to PPP
  • What are the current changes in project landscape? (GDP focus)
  • What are the risks & opportunities?
  • How can investor confidence be stimulated?
  • How can governments encourage private sector participation?
  • Discussing WHO, WHY, WHERE & HOW of PPP projects
  • Developing national master plans for attracting co-financed projects on PPP basis
Moderator:
Ziad Hayek Vice Chair UN Working Party on PPP, United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) President, Wold Association of PPP Units & Professionals (WAPPP) Ex-Secretary General of The High Council of Privatization and PPP(HCP), Lebanon

Panellists:
Mohammed Al-Shaalan, Deputy CEO, National Center for Privatization & PPP, Saudi Arabia
Dr.Dhafir Awadh Al-Shanfari, CEO, Public Authority for Privatisation & Partnership
Dr. Eyüp Vural Aydın, Chairman, Istanbul PPP Center of Excellence (CoE)
Atter Hannoura, Director PPP Central Unit, Ministry of Finance, Egypt
10:00
PANEL DISCUSSION: Clarity in the Legal framework as catalyst for PPP

  • Latest updates in the legal framework per country
  • Understanding the evolving legal framework and the new generation PPP laws
  • Improvements needed to local existing PPP laws.
  • The challenges that the developers/lenders face when participating in different countries
Moderator:
Tim Armsby, Partner Head of Finance and Projects (Middle East), Pinsent Masons

Panellists:
Thomas Wigley, Partner, Trowers & Hamlins
Representative from Al Tamimi & Company
Dr Ahmad Al Shorbagy, Legal Counsel - Al-Hamad Legal Group and Kuwait Authority for Partnership Projects, Kuwait
Ahmad AlSabbah, Financial / Investment / PPP Consultant, Office of the Under Secretary, Ministry of Infrastructure Development, UAE
SESSION 2: PPP Project financing - The role of traditional and Islamic finance
10:30
PANEL DISCUSSION: PPP financing challenges in the MENA Region

  • Challenges to closing deals as faced by procuring authorities, the banking sector and others
  • Developers’ perspectives On MENA PPP pipeline infrastructure projects and programmes
  • Exploring the MENA / GCC market: Opportunities on the Rise
Moderator:
Frank Beckers Managing Partner & Founder, Symbulos Management Consultancy

Panellist:
Osama Sulieman, PPP Director, Ministry of Finance, Jordan
Muneer Al Muneeri, CEO, Oman Infrastructure Fund (Rakiza), Oman
Muneer Ferozie, Regional Manager Head Transaction Advisory Services – Public Private Partnerships, Middle East and North Africa Region, International Finance Corporation (IFC)
Yuji Nakada, Representative for the Middle East , Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC) Representative from Engie
Yvon Mompeyssin,Head of Business Development, Customer Solutions, Middle East, South & Central Asia and Turkey, Engie
11:10
Awards ceremony
11:20
Opening of the exhibition and networking break
12:00
PANEL DEBATE: Facilitating the use of Islamic finance for infrastructure PPP projects

As more conventional and Islamic banks are venturing into Islamic finance, there is a need for reference materials that can guide them on how to approach and structure infrastructure projects that can benefit from Islamic finance. The objective of this session is to engage key stakeholders and discuss the role and potential alternatives offered by Islamic finance in addressing the public infrastructure financing challenge. It will highlight the role of the major players in the global Islamic finance industry, and discuss critical lessons learned on what practitioners should know to enhance their practical knowledge and understanding in order to mobilize Islamic finance for infrastructure PPP projects

Moderator:
Aijaz Ahmad, Senior PPP Specialist, Infrastructure, PPPs & Guarantees, World Bank Group

Panellist:
Samina Akram, Managing Partner, Samak Ethical Finance Ltd
Delwar Hossein, Senior Associate, Baker and Mackenzie
Sabir Ahmed, Executive Director, Standard Chartered Bank
Hassan Idris, Senior Counsel ICIEC, Islamic Development Bank
12:30
Networking Lunch
SESSION 3: Overview of PPP opportunities and developments: PPP project overview per country
13:30
COUNTRY BRIEFING SESSION : opportunities and developments per country

Moderator:
Carlo Stella, Principal, Arthur D. Little Middle East FZ-LLC
Speakers:
  • Saudi Arabia spotlight: Pipeline of PPP projects
    Hani Alsaigh, Director General Strategic Communication & Marketing, National Center for Privatization & PPP, Saudi Arabia
  • Oman spotlight: Pipeline of PPP projects
    Abraham Akkawi PPP and Privatization Expert and Advisor, Minister’s Office, Ministry of Finance, Oman
  • Egypt spotlight: Pipeline of PPP projects
    Atter Hannoura Director PPP Central Unit, Ministry of Finance, Egypt
  • Turkish PPP experience:140 billion dollar projects completed. What is the next step
    Dr. Eyup Vural AYDIN, Chairman, Istanbul PPP Center of Excellence (PPPCoE)
  • Bahrain spotlight: Pipeline of PPP projects
    Loay Ghazaleh, Undersecretary Advisor on Infrastructure & PPP, Bahrain Ministry of Works, Bahrain
  • Jordan spotlight: PPP project pipeline
    Osama Sulieman, PPP Director, Ministry of Finance, Jordan
15:30
End of conference day one
SECTOR FOCUS PILOT PROJECTS, PIPELINE AND SUCCESS STORIES
08:30
Registration and welcome
08:55
Chairman’s opening remarks
09:00
Contractual Clauses for the Smooth Adjustment the Lifecycle of a Public-Private Partnership (PPP) Project

  • Force majeure
  • Material adverse government action
  • Change in law
  • Termination payments
  • Refinancing
  • Lenders' step-in rights
  • Dispute resolution
Loay Ghazaleh, Undersecretary Advisor on Infrastructure & PPP, Bahrain Ministry of Works, Bahrain
09:30
Developing a Solar PV IPP on a landfill site – issues to consider

Presentation presented by Thomas Wigley, Partner, Trowers & Hamlins
SESSION 4: Utilities Sector: Water & Power and Renewables PPPs
10:00
PANEL DISCUSSION: Environment and waste management

  • Uncovering the pipeline of waste management and recycling PPP projects to both prepare for market reform and secure investment opportunities
  • Understanding the impact an effective waste management programme will have on the economy and remove line break
  • society in order to promote effective waste management protocols in the region

Moderator:
Al Tamimi & Company

Panellists:
Ali Alanazi, Advisor of Municipal Services, Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs, Saudi Arabia
Ahmad Al Kalawi, Legal PPP Consultant, Kalawy & Partners, Egypt
10:30
PANEL DISCUSSION: Water sector projects
Water infrastructure spend is steadily increasing in the Gulf, with PPPs emerging as the model-of-choice for the sector’s developers.

This panel will highlight upcoming PPP water projects where panelists from each country will be given time to present on the upcoming water projects respectively followed by Q&A.

  • Uncovering the pipeline of waste management and recycling PPP projects to both prepare for market reform and secure investment opportunities
  • Understanding the impact an effective waste management programme will have on the economy and remove line break
  • society in order to promote effective waste management protocols in the region

Panellists:
Suleiman Al Qasmi, GM Asset Management, Haya Water, Oman
Corrado Sommariva, CEO, SWPC
Iqbal AlTayer, Director of Technical Supervision Department, , Ministry of Electricity & Water, Kuwait
11:00
Networking Break
11:30
Global Water and Waste water treatment solutions
Eric Hemu, President of Middle East and Africa Region, Jinluo Water
11:50
PANEL DISCUSSION: Renewable Energy Projects in the MENA Region
This panel of senior experts from the public and private sectors will discuss challenges and opportunities in the development of renewables in the region.

  • The ongoing introduction of more sustainable ways of developing utilities projects in support of a circular carbon economy
  • The successes and challenges of the various National Frameworks for Renewable Energy in the region and the associated evolving regulatory frameworks
  • The challenges of promoting the right balance between competitiveness and the achievement of long-term sustainable goals
  • Attracting the right mix of local and international private sector participation across the whole supply chain of renewables project development
  • Overview of key opportunities across solar, wind, hydrogen
Moderator:
Helena De Flaviis, Senior Director, Infrastructure Advisory & Development, Khatib & Alami

Panellists:
Turki Alshehri, Chief Executive Officer – Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Engie
Dr Ahmed Badr, CEO & Executive Director of Regional Center for Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency (RCREEE)
Eng. Ahmad M. Alazemi, Private-Sector Projects Department, Undersecretary Sector, Ministry of Electricity & Water, Kuwait
SESSION 5: Social Infrastructure sector: housing and healthcare and transportation project spotlights
12:30
Session presented by DaVita Company Overview
12:50
PROJECT SPOTLIGHT: PPP Healthcare projects in Saudi Arabia
Eng. Walid Saleh Baosudan, Private Sector Participation Project Director, Vision Realization Office, Ministry of Health, KSA
13:20
Session presented by Siemens Healthineers
13:40
PPPs in healthcare – a pathway to excellence

  • The case for PPPs in healthcare.
  • Examples of and learnings from Philips –led PPPs in the region
  • PPPS as a pathway to achieving the quadruple aim of improving outcomes, improving staff and patient satisfaction and optimizing costs

Ugo Mosanya, Senior Director, Head of Strategy Middle-East & Turkey at Philips
14:00
The prospect and significance of infrastructure PPPs for the transportation sector in GCC states: Learning from the international experiences"

Panellists:
Dr. Mhamed Biygautane, Research Fellow at the Faculty of Law, Monash University, Australia Ahmad Al Kalawi, Legal PPP Consultant, Kalawy & Partners, Egypt
14:20
Chairman’s closing remarks and networking lunch