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FT-Oliver Wyman Strategic Forum

Bridging the Infrastructure Gap: Public Private Partnerships in the GCC

Dubai |
Speakers include:
John  Everington

John Everington

The Banker

Harj Dhaliwal

Harj Dhaliwal

Virgin Hyperloop One

Christopher Seymour

Christopher Seymour

Mott MacDonald Middle East

Overview

Celebrating 10-years of collaboration, the Financial Times and Oliver Wyman are pleased to partner once again on the 2019 Strategic Forum. This annual event will bring together senior executives, investors, officials from public sector agencies and governments to share best practice on strategies for bridging the infrastructure gap in the GCC and building a new framework for public-private sector collaboration. Hosted under the Chatham House Rule, the format will encourage candid discussion amongst key stakeholders to help facilitate the next generation of transformative PPPs in the region.

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Full Overview

Increased infrastructure investment is critical in the region if the GCC states are to meet the rising demands of urban populations and achieve their ambitious plans for economic growth. But unstable oil prices have created a funding deficit which threatens to cause delays to and even cancellations of these important projects. According to a recent report from Oliver Wyman, the pipeline of infrastructure investment over the next five years is planned to be over 1.5 trillion US dollars; so far, the government is contributing about 300 billion US dollars. Even with state owned enterprises and sovereign wealth funds included, the region has a huge deficit. Undoubtedly there is competition for investment, and only those governments best prepared will receive investment.

The potential benefits of Public-Private Sector Partnerships (PPPs) are clear. From a government point of view, new contracting models are lessening financial burdens and increasing the availability of capital to spend elsewhere. On the financing side, new partnerships are providing unique and potentially lucrative opportunities for investors and developers to play a critical role in future infrastructure. But to deliver value for both sides, stakeholders must better align their strategic intent, be willing to take a different approach to risk sharing and collaborate on new kinds of partnerships. What new economic and social benefits can inventive approaches to PPPs bring? How can the next generation of PPPs help the GCC build diversified, innovative and robust economies?

Celebrating 10-years of collaboration, the Financial Times and Oliver Wyman are pleased to partner once again on the FT-Oliver Wyman Strategic Forum. This annual event will bring together senior executives, investors, officials from public sector agencies and governments to share best practice on strategies for bridging the infrastructure gap in the GCC and building a new framework for public-private sector collaboration. Hosted under the Chatham House Rule, the format will encourage candid discussion amongst key stakeholders to help to facilitate the next generation of transformative PPPs in the region.

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Agenda - 3rd Oct

  • 8:00am
    BREAKFAST AND REGISTRATION
  • 8:50am
    CHAIR’S OPENING REMARKS
  • 9:00am
    Oliver Wyman Welcome
  • 9:10am
    Keynote Address: Exploring New Opportunities in the GCC

    While the infrastructure funding deficit in the GCC is widely acknowledged, the true size of the gap is often unclear. What is the extent of the shortcoming and what challenges are there in bridging this? How can establishing new, robust frameworks for PPPs in the region enable GCC states to better achieve their national strategic ambitions and what social and economic benefits can a new approach to building world-class infrastructure bring?

    • What new opportunities are there for investors and developers in the region?
    • How can governments inspire investor confidence through clarity, transparency and greater commitment to long-term PPPs?
    • How can key stakeholders find opportunity in uncertainty?
  • 9:40am
    PANEL DISCUSSION 1: Sharing Risk and Reward

    To create long-term value, aligning the expectations of all key stakeholders and subcontractors is essential. How can better collaboration between public and private sector stakeholders bring shared rewards?

    • How can investors demonstrate their suitability for key projects in a competitive tendering landscape?
    • What new regulatory and legislative framework is required to attract investment?
    • What do investors value?
    • How can governments and investors alike identify and evaluate the most suitable form of PPP to embark on? What are the merits and limitations of each model?
  • 10:30am
    NETWORKING BREAK
  • 11:00am
    CASE STUDIES and Q&A- Innovative Infrastructure PPPs: Lessons Learned

    These leading infrastructure case studies will showcase the potential economic and social benefits of leveraging private sector capital for future infrastructure. Through using innovative risk sharing agreements and new funding models, these two examples will highlight how PPPs can be used to mitigate risk and improve the efficiency of large-scale infrastructure projects. How can the lessons learnt inspire further investment in the region? How can stakeholders ensure the pipeline is managed efficiently?

  • 11:50am
    Q&A with Audience
  • 12:00pm
    Closing Summation

    Oliver Wyman

  • 12:10pm
    Chair's Closing Remarks
  • 12:15pm
    Lunch

Chair (1)

John  Everington

John Everington

Middle East and Africa Editor
The Banker

John Everington is Middle East and Africa editor. Prior to joining The Banker, John was the deputy business editor of The National in the United Arab Emirates, and has also worked for Dealreporter, Arab News and The Telegraph. He has also covered the telecom sector in Africa and the Middle East, living and working in Qatar and the UK. John has a BA in Arabic and History and an MA in Middle Eastern Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) in London.

Speakers (5)

Harj Dhaliwal

Harj Dhaliwal

Managing Director, Middle East and India
Virgin Hyperloop One

Harj Dhaliwal oversees all customer activity and projects for Virgin Hyperloop One in the Middle East and India. With over 34 years of civil engineering experience, he has a proven track record for managing mega rail and infrastructure projects in complex challenging environments around the world.

Mr Dhaliwal began his career as a contractor, moved into consulting and has held senior management roles in global client and consulting organizations. He has spent the last 20 years in the development, delivery, and management of heavy rail, light rail, and metro projects including PPP, PFI and D&B projects across Europe and the Middle East. Notably, he was the Programme Director responsible for delivering the first national heavy railway in the UAE – Etihad Rail.

Prior to joining Virgin Hyperloop One, Mr Dhaliwal was most recently at Parsons where he was SVP for International Rail and Transit Systems and was responsible for managing business across Europe and the Middle East with over 400 staff deployed across some of the largest and complex rail and metro projects in the world. He also led the development of several multibillion-euro rail and transit programs in the UK and Ireland.  

Mr Dhaliwal is a chartered civil engineer, member of the Institution of Civil Engineers Member of the UK Engineering Council and holds a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from Nottingham Trent University, UK. He is based in Virgin Hyperloop One’s Dubai office.  

Christopher Seymour

Christopher Seymour

Managing Director
Mott MacDonald Middle East

Chris Seymour has more than 30 years’ experience in the industry and manages the 1300 strong Mott MacDonald operation in the Middle East. Having worked in most of the major cities in the Middle East region over the last 10 years he specialises in commercial, leisure, hospitality and healthcare sectors plus infrastructure and Oil and Gas. Chris is a member of the RICS MENAT Market Advisory Panel, and also sits on the Investment Committee of ENBD REIT and is an active member of the IPFA. Having spent many years in PFI and PPP procurement practising in both UK and Middle East he also advises many clients on strategy, risk, commercial and technical advice for large public-sector investments

Sami  Neffati

Sami Neffati

Managing Partner
Investcorp and Aberdeen Standard Investment Joint Venture
Muneer Ferozie

Muneer Ferozie

Regional Manager, Head of Transaction Advisory Public Private Partnerships, MENA
International Finance Corporation (IFC)
Adam Pierson

Adam Pierson

White & Case
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Who Attends?

 This high-level event is tailored for senior executives from the following sectors:

  • Government agencies
  • Financial services: (Commercial bank financing, Capital markets financing (local/ international), Equity funds, Export credit agencies, Development finance institutions, Bilateral agencies, Multilateral Development Banks, Sovereign wealth funds)
  • Construction
  • Transportation and infrastructure
  • Health and Life Sciences
  • Telco, IT and Digital sectors.   

Attendance is complimentary, subject to meeting the above criteria and approval from the publisher.

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Why Attend?

  • Discover new infrastructure investment opportunities in the region to make more informed spending decisions 
  • Consider the new regulatory and legislative frameworks required to attract and sustain investment in the GCC
  • Learn from leading regional and international infrastructure case studies in order to create more robust planning strategies for future PPPs
  • Network and learn from other senior decision-makers from across the GCC who may not attend other public forums
  • Explore the wider economic and social impact of new infrastructure PPPs in the region through high-level panel discussions and interviews facilitated by a senior FT journalist. 
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Venue

Madinat Jumeirah Conference and Events Centre, Murjaan ballroom
PO Box 75157
Dubai

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Presented By (1)

The Banker provides economic and financial intelligence for the world's financial sector and has built a reputation for objective and incisive reporting. It leads the debate on all the issues surrounding the global banking industry, providing in-depth news and analysis, exclusive interviews with senior industry figures and definitive regional bank listings, including the internationally acclaimed Top 1000 World Banks.

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The Banker provides economic and financial intelligence for the world's financial sector and has built a reputation for objective and incisive reporting. It leads the debate on all the issues surrounding the global banking industry, providing in-depth news and analysis, exclusive interviews with senior industry figures and definitive regional bank listings, including the internationally acclaimed Top 1000 World Banks.

Oliver Wyman is a global leader in management consulting. With offices in 60 cities across 29 countries, Oliver Wyman combines deep industry knowledge with specialized expertise in strategy, operations, risk management, and organization transformation. The firm has more than 5,000 professionals around the world who work with clients to optimize their business, improve their operations and risk profile, and accelerate their organizational performance to seize the most attractive opportunities. Oliver Wyman is a wholly owned subsidiary of Marsh & McLennan Companies [NYSE: MMC].

For more information, visit www.oliverwyman.com.
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