PFI is returning to London on 21 - 22 November 2017 to examine foundations for growth in emerging market, port infrastructure, project finance and delivery. These especially complex and challenging markets require the financial resources and practical expertise that the private sector can offer.
PFI London 2017 will discuss the position of Emerging markets as the driving force of economic growth, and will investigate where positive frameworks have been developed for strong and collaborative private-sector participation, and what are the incentives and likely outcomes of these investments.

Agenda Day 1
21 November 2017

09:00 Registration & Welcome Tea/Coffee

09:45 Opening Notes from Conference Chair
Jamie Simpson, Economist

Session 1: Appraising the Market: Trends and Developments Leading Global Ports Investments

10:00 Opening Address - Global Investment in Ports and Terminals
Matthew Gore, Partner, HFW

  • Increasing role for private investment
  • Key investors
  • Investment types
  • Where is the growth coming from?
  • What operators can offer
  • Key challenges
  • What's next?

10:30 Criteria for Investment in Emerging Market Ports
Gabrielle Dale, Associate Director/Senior Vice President, Macquarie Capital Funds

11:00 Tea/Coffee Break

11:30 Innovative PPP Models for Successful Global Ports Investments
Anthony van der Hoest, Senior Manager Commerce, MTBS

12:00 Port Infrastructure Investment for Economic Development
Andrew Webster, Partner, JLT Specialty

  • Infrastructure investment for economic development
  • Recent issues that have arisen in the construction insurance world
  • Economic impact of risk management

12:30 The Economic, Market and Commercial Appraisals of Port Developments, Expansions and Acquisitions
Chantal McRoberts, Senior Consultant, Drewry

13:00 Lunch

Session 2: Market Drivers for Ports Investors – Surveying the Landscape
This session will look at opportunities across key global markets and provide insight into what these markets can offer potential investors and developers

14:00 Creating an Investment Enabling Environment in the Port Sector: A Case Study of Indonesia
Daniel van Tuijll, Maritime Specialist, World Bank Group

  • The 2008 shipping law reform and the opportunities this creates for private sector participation
  • Causes why private sector participation has been weak in Indonesia up till now
  • Key areas of reform the government is currently addressing to drive investments in the port sector
  • Redefining the public role in port development and need to create more bankable projects

14:30 Indian Ports - Overview, Trends and Outlook
Asit Ranjan Sikdar, Vice President - PA&SF, SBI Capital Markets

15:00 Shaking Up the Economic Order: China's Seaport Shopping Spree
Gavin Dow, Director, Breakthrough Group

  • The Rise of Chinese Port Operators, Belt and Road and their Combined Impact on Emerging Markets Developments

15:30 Tea/Coffee Break

16:00 Ports and Trade Corridors in Africa
Steve Cameron, Managing Director, Cameron Maritime Resources

16:30 Managing the Complexities of the Nigerian Maritime Market
Chris Borha, Head Analyst, C. A. BORHA (Management and Economic Services), Former General Manager, Nigeria Ports Authority; Member, Ministerial Project Development and Steering Committee of Ibom Deep Sea Port, Akwa Ibom State, Nigeria

  • The value of a strong local pilot to navigate Government Policy twists
  • The benefit of an early warning system on political uncertainties

17:00 Conclusions,Questions and Summary Notes

17:15 Networking Reception to 19:30 (hosted by HFW)

Agenda Day 2
22 November 2017

09:00 Registration & Welcome Tea/Coffee

09:45 Opening Notes from Conference Chair
Jamie Simpson, Economist

Session 3: A Global Perspective

10:00 Opening Discussion Panel: Different Perspectives: A Global View
This executive level panel session will focus on the criteria and rationale for investing in a port or terminal in an emerging market. What are the incentives, and how to avoid the pitfalls? Moderated by: Michel Jenné, Director, MJM Consulting 

Panellists include: 
Mike Dekker, Partner, Clau Partners

Session 4: Case Studies – the Operator's View
This session will provide case studies from those who have invested or been invested in. What did this investment mean and what challenges were overcome on the way. We will review innovative financing solutions and discuss the future of global port investments.

10:30 Case Study: Infrastructure Project in Guinea
Eurasian Resources

  • Project overview
  • Exploration phase
  • Project optimisation
  • Eurasian Corridor

11:00 Tea/Coffee Break

11:20 Investment Challenges for a Terminal Operator in West Africa
Guy Wilkes, Director, Nectar Group

11:50 Developing a Global Supply Chain Ecosystem - A Walvis Bay Perspective
Johny M. Smith, Chief Executive Officer, Walvis Bay

12:20 Conference Conclusions, Followed by Lunch
13:30 Site Visit to DP World London Gateway.Image removed.
Transport provided by PFI, return around 1800. 

*Certain speakers, topics, titles and content may be subject to alteration. The organiser reserves the right to make changes to the programme as necessary

Standard Rate*

  • Port Investments in Emerging Markets Forum                              €1095
  • Port & Terminal Concessions Course                                            €2695
  • Combine London week ticket (Forum + Course)                           €2842

*An extra 10% discount for 2 or more delegates from the same company when booked at the same time.
Members of our partners are entitled to a special 25% discount on the delegate price.
Please ensure you quote the Association partner when booking.
Please note you may be asked for proof of company.

Only one discount may be applied to any booking - PFI will apply the greater discount.

Conference Venue: 
Friary Court, 65 Crutched Friars, London EC3N 2AE, United Kingdom


Hotel recommendation:
We have special accommodation rates available from 21-24 November at Grange City hotel in London!

Superior room GBP 189

- Please note that the above room rates are inclusive VAT, per room per night basis
- The above quoted rates are inclusive of English breakfast at the hotel
- The above room rates are non-commissionable
- Superior rooms will be offered subject to availability on arrival
- Please note: when booking the accommodation your credit card details will be taken as a guarantee.

Contacts details to make bookings is as follows;
Tel: 02078633700

Please quote the code '271117P' for the special rate and please book early as rooms are subject to availability.

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