Taking place on 20 & 21 May, Port Finance International Istanbul 2014will once again bring together attendees from port authorities, terminals, banks and investors, law firms and engineering consultants, logistic and construction companies from Turkey, Bulgaria, Ukraine, Romania and other international locations interested in this exciting market.

An extension of our annual PFI Black Sea events, Port Finance International Istanbul will focus not only on the Black Sea region, but will also cover the Mediterranean and port developments further afield. With both local and international operators reviewing their strategies for this growing market, Port Finance International Istanbul will offer industry leaders the chance to look ahead and discuss plans, projects and projections - as well as the chance to meet their colleagues, peers, business partners and clients all at the same time.



08:30 Registration & Welcome Tea/Coffee

09:30 Opening Notes from Conference Chair
Jamie Simpson - Independent Consultant

Session: Developing Turkey’s Ports Sector - Outlook, Drivers & Inhibitors

09:45 Keynote Address – Developing Turkey’s Ports Sector 
Harun Şişmanyazıcı, Management Consultant of Marine Transportation, Turkish Chamber of Shipping

10:00 The new Turkey: Overview of the Turkish economy

  • Transition from developing country to trade centre
  • Turkey's place in the Black Sea framework

Traian Chebeleu, Ambassador, Deputy Secretary General, Organization of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation

10:20 The Future of Turkish Exports

  • Turkey’s 2023 export strategy
  • Projections on expected foreign trade volume

Mustafa Mente, Secretary General, Turkish Exporters Assembly

10:50 Tea/Coffee Break
Kindly Sponsored by Evyapport

Session: Global Ports Developments and Outlook

11:15 The Impact of the Crimean Crisis on Black Sea Ports

  • Crisis between Ukraine, Russia, and the West
  • How it affects countries around the Black Sea
  • The geopolitics driving the risks and outlook for investment

Jonathan Friedman, Political and Security Analyst - Europe & Turkey, Control Risks

11:45 The Lifecycle of Investing in a Port Project

  • How transaction efficiency can be improved
  • Simplifying regulation

Nico Berx, Director, Port of Antwerp International

12:15 Increasing Port Capacity to Meet Trade Demands and Shipping Line Requirements

  • Consolidating multimodal transport links to ensure sufficient supply chains and consistent port operations
  • Managing marine traffic without compromising port service
  • Middle East case study

Saleem Kadernani, Marketing Manager, Gulftainer Co. Ltd

12:45 Improving Customer Focus and Service Delivery

  • Logistical challenges of expanding port developments
  • Yilport Case Study

Sean Pierce, CEO, Yilport

13:15 Lunch

Session: Port Project Prospects Beyond the Black Sea

14:15 Drivers and Inhibitors to Global Port Development

  • Logistical challenges of expanding port projects
  • Port projects in a broader development context
  • Strategies for port competitivity

Bob West, Principal Strategist, Worley Parsons

14:45 PPP and Port Development

  • Encouraging greater private sector participation
  • Attracting FDI
  • Port investment as a stimulus for economies as a whole

Huseyin Ozhan, Principal Banker, Transportation, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)

15:15 Port Investment Environment in Turkey

  • M&A market at a glance
  • Role of privatisations
  • Opportunities and challenges for investors

Oytun Ozer, Director, Raiffeisen Investment Turkey

15:45 Tea/Coffee Break

16:15 Entrepreneurial Port Development

  • Attracting a broader investor base
  • Future direction of port developments

Jolke Helbing, Consulting Director, ICF GHK

16:45 Impact of Regional Developments on East Med and Black Sea

  • Geo-political developments, influencing the trade, shipping patterns and port business
  • PPP schemes and financial instruments characterising the region
  • The impact, challenges and opportunities in this environment for the private investors

Steven Bouckaert, Senior Manager, MTBS

17:15 Panel Discussion MINT the New BRICs?

  • Investing in MINT ports
  • Port development in MINT countries
  • Opportunity prospects of developments in the MINT region

Panellists include:
Steven Bouckaert, Senior Manager, MTBS 
Steve Hanrahan, Owner, OSC Ltd 
Romain Py, Managing Director, Baobab Capital and Independent Director Global Ports Holding
Jonathan Friedman, Political and Security Analyst - Europe & Turkey, Control Risks
Andrew Webster, Partner, Jardine Lloyd Thomas

17:45 Closing Notes Followed by Networking Drinks until 19:00
Kindly Sponsored by Port of Antwerp International



08:30 Registration & Welcome Tea/Coffee

09:30 Opening Notes from Conference Chair
Andrew Webster, Director, Jardine Lloyd Thomas

09:45 Risks & Challenges of Port Investment in the Black Sea & Turkey

  • Risks and rewards for investors in the Black Sea & Turkey
  • Challenges faced by investors
  • Managing the associated risks

Romain Py, Managing Director, Baobab Capital and Independent Director Global Ports Holding

Session: Innovation and Efficiency in Port Developments

10:15 The Role of Advisors in Adding Value to Port Projects

  • How an effective appointment and engagement with the advisor can add value to the financing and delivery of the project
  • Examining the role of the Lenders' Technical Advisor

Eleanor Hadland, Managing Consultant, Maritime, URS Infrastructure & Environment UK Limited

10:45 Risk Insights in Ports & Terminals – Focus on Black Sea
Looking at key Insurance issues relating to the development and operation of ports and terminals. Specifically focussed on:

  • Wet works
  • Project control
  • Operational issues
  • Concessions

Andrew Webster, Partner, Jardine Lloyd Thompson (JLT)

11:15 Tea/Coffee Break 
Kindly Sponsored by Schneider Electrics

11:45 Deep-Sea Liner Services – Background, Challenges and Outlook for Black Sea ports

  • The role of research, development and innovation in projects
  • Positive impact of new technologies

Andrey Naraevskiy, Director Liner and Business Development, Global Container Services

12:15 Limakport Iskenederun –The Magic of Privatisation

  • Limakport case study
  • PPP and successful partnerships
  • Investment and container operations at Iskenderun

Resit Yildiz, Executive Board Member, Limakport Iskenderun.

12:45 Shore Connection Best Practice & Return on Experience
Hugues Berthet, Shore Connection Business Development Director, Schneider Electrics

13:15 Lunch
Kindly Sponsored by Solon Software

Session: Sustainable and Innovative Financing Solutions

14:15 Improving Transaction Efficiency

  • Simplifying regulation
  • Reducing transaction time
  • Make due diligence easier

Orçun Makal, Director, Ernst & Young Transaction Advisory Services

14:45 Sourcing FDI for Port Projects

  • Attracting a broader investor base
  • Giving port projects investor appeal

Pavlo Grabovets, Investment Officer, IFC

15:15 Sustainable Financing

  • Sustainable finance and its role in PPP type port developments/operations and concessions
  • Case studies - Turkey/Africa

Alec Martin, Principal Consultant - Impact Assessment + Planning, ERM

15:45 Summary Notes and Close of Conference Followed by Tea/Coffee



  • Standard Price - €1095

Registration is closed.


Venue: British Consulate-General Istanbul Pera House
Address: British Consulate-General Pera House
Mesrutiyet Cad. No 34, Tepebasi, Beyoglu, 34435
(Corner of Tarlabasi Caddesi and Basir Fuat Sk)

Map of Venue:
Tel: +90 212 334 6432

Special hotel rates for Palazzo Donizetti
Please Contact: 
Sales Manager - Banu ULAŞ – banu.ulas@palazzodonizetti.com
Reservations -  Esra Aydoğdu – sales@palazzodonizetti.com

Delegate Rate
Single 149.€ 
Double 159.€ 
Above mentioned prices include buffet Breakfast 

Phone : 0212 249 51 51 
FAX: +90212 249 51 93 
Asmalı Mescit Mah. Asmalı Mescit Sk. 
No:55 Tepebaşı, Beyoğlu,

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Alternatively other accommodation:
Hotel the Pera Hill
Contact: Ms.Yeliz KARDEŞ

For May event period only:
Room Type              : 1 Single 1Double  Standart / Bed & Breakfast                              
Bed Type                 :  French Bed / Twin                                                             
Daily Room Rate     :  80Euro single. 95Euro Double (Rate includes %8 VAT,breakfast

Mesrutiyet Cad.No.39 TR-34340 Beyoglu, Istanbul
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