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Public-Private Partnerships in Europe and Central Asia

Designing Crisis-Resilient Strategies and Bankable Projects

Monday, May 16 at 12pm in Eugene Black Auditorium.

The recent global financial crisis set back ambitious infrastructure development plans in many countries in Europe and Central Asia (ECA). Private investment in infrastructure decreased sharply in 2009, following several years of impressive growth. However, by 2010 some countries and cities reached financial close on sizeable PPP projects while others still struggle to close their first ones. This study reviews the impact of the crisis on the region, shows how it is still affecting the PPP market and provides practical recommendations for governments. This event is sponsored by the InfoShop, Sustainable Development Department and Europe & Central Asia Region.

Please enter at 600 19th Street NW. A security officer will escort you to the auditorium. Please be prepared for a short security screening with a photo identification.

Chair:
Philippe Le Houérou, Vice President, Europe & Central Asia, World Bank

Authors:
Vickram Cuttaree, Senior Infrastructure Economist & Public-Private Partnership Coordinator, Sustainable Development Department, Europe & Central Asia, World Bank
Cledan Mandri-Perrott, Senior Infrastructure Finance Specialist, Finance Economics and Urban Department, Sustainable Development Network, World Bank

Panelists:
Peter Thomson, Director, Sustainable Development Department, Europe & Central Asia, World Bank
Peter Harrold, Country Director, Central Europe and Baltic Countries, Europe & Central Asia, World Bank
Willem van Eeghen, Lead Economist, Chief Economist Office, Europe & Central Asia, World Bank

For panelist biographies, please see below.

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CHAIR:
Philippe Le Houérou
Vice President, Europe & Central Asia Region, World Bank
Mr. Le Houérou is Vice President for Europe and Central Asia Region since August 2009. He oversees a region that loaned $9 billion last year to a range of borrowing countries as diverse as Croatia and Tajikistan. In his capacity as Vice President, he supervises 800+ staff working in headquarters and 22 country offices who serve some 30 countries. Mr. Le Houérou was previously Vice President of Concessional Finance and Global Partnerships, where he oversaw a reform of donor trust fund management and innovative finance methods for the World Bank Group.

AUTHORS:
Vickram Cuttaree
Senior Infrastructure Economist & Public-Private Partnership Coordinator, Sustainable Development Department, Europe & Central Asia Region, World Bank
Mr. Cuttaree is Senior Infrastructure Economist and the Public-Private Partnership (PPP) Coordinator for the Sustainable Development Department of the Europe & Central Asia (ECA) Region. He is leading several World Bank initiatives related to Infrastructure Financing and PPP, including strategic advice for the Pulkovo Airport Project, which attracted Euro 1.2 billion of private investment and was awarded the title of “Global PPP Transaction of the Year” by Infrastructure Investor in 2011. Mr. Cuttaree is also a member of the Global Expert Team on PPP.

Cledan Mandri-Perrott
Senior Infrastructure Finance Specialist, Finance Economics and Urban Department, Sustainable Development Network, World Bank
Mr. Mandri-Perrott is a Senior Infrastructure Finance Specialist in the Financial Solutions Group and a core member of the Global Expert Team on PPP. He has helped the World Bank and IFC develop a number of PPP engagements ranging from institutional aspects of reform, PPP laws, guarantee operations, as well as providing reimbursable technical assistance to various clients. Prior to joining the World Bank he led the design and implementation of a number of major infrastructure transactions mainly in the water and transport sectors.

PANELISTS:
Peter Thomson
Director, Sustainable Development Department, Europe & Central Asia Region, World Bank
Mr. Thomson is Director of the Sustainable Development Department of the Europe and Central Asia Region in the World Bank. He is responsible for the World Bank’s activities in energy, transportation, water and sanitation, agriculture, rural and urban development, environment and social development in the 30 countries of Eastern Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) that make up the Europe and Central Asia Region. The portfolio includes over 200 projects under implementation, with associated lending of over US$15 billion, and over 50 projects under preparation with projected lending amounts in excess of US$5 billion.

Peter Harrold
Country Director, Central Europe & Baltic Countries, Europe & Central Asia Region, World Bank
Mr. Harrold has been Country Director for Central Europe and the Baltic Countries since January 2010. He was previously the Director of Operations Services in the Operations Policy and Country Services Vice-Presidency where he was in charge of policies governing all investment lending for the World Bank. In 1996 he was appointed Manager for the Macroeconomics Group for West Africa covering several countries including Mali, Senegal, Sierra Leone and Liberia. Then, in 1997 he was selected as Country Director for Ghana, Liberia and Sierra Leone and in 2002, he became Country Director for Sri-Lanka.

Willem van Eeghen
Lead Economist, Chief Economist Office, Europe & Central Asia Region, World Bank
Mr. van Eeghen is Lead Economist in the Office of the Chief Economist of the Europe and Central Asia Region (ECA) of the World Bank. Prior to his current position he held several positions in the Africa (AFR) and Middle East and North Africa (MENA) regions, including Country Program Coordinator for Madagascar, Comoros, Mauritius and Seychelles, Regional Poverty Coordinator and Senior Economist in MENA, and Country Economist for Niger. He was Economist at the Netherlands Central Bank prior to joining the World Bank.




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