Experts gather to push PPPs in roads and water

Regional leaders will revisit the topic of PPPs to fund infrastructure

Much-needed roads and water projects will rely heavily on public-private financing.
Much-needed roads and water projects will rely heavily on public-private financing.

Industry experts are to gather in Abu Dhabi this week to discuss the advantages of public-private partnerships to fund the region’s major infrastructure projects.

High profile executives from both public and private organisations will focus on the need for PPPs in the transportation, water, general infrastructure, social infrastructure and power sectors particularly.

Key speakers will include the director of Egypt’s PPP Central Unit Rania Zayed, who will be discussing the PPP market in Egypt, as well as Abdul Mohsin Ibrahim Younes, from the RTA in Dubai, who will talk about development of the RTA’s own PPP framework.

Road and water projects will also be a focus of the day, with presentations from the general director for main roads in Abu Dhabi, Faisal Al Suwaidi, and the International Private Water Association’s (IWPA’s) executive director Kathy Shandling.

Suwaidi will cover the Department of Transport’s plans for developing Abu Dhabi’s roads via the PPP model, whilst Shandling will stress the need for PPPs for water and desalination projects to meet the region’s huge demand for water production.

Other speakers will include economy and finance experts Paul Noumba Um, Lead Economist in the World Bank’s sustainable development department for the MENA Region, and Mott Macdonald’s divisional director for financing John Seed.

Organised by BME Global, PPP Middle East 2011 will be held at the Hilton Abu Dhabi from 11-12 January.

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