Public Private Partnership Conference


FRIDAY, 30 October 2009
14.00h – 18.30h Registration
Sheraton Hotel
19.00h - 21:00 Welcoming Cocktail
Sheraton Hotel
Sponsored by Bank Audi Syria

Guest Speaker: Suzy Jagger, Political & Business Editor, The Times of London
All sessions were held at the Umayyad Congress Palace
DAY ONE: SATURDAY, 31 October 2009
09.00h – 10.00h Opening Session:
          Dr. Fawaz Akhras, Co-Chairman
          British Syrian Society
            International Keynote:
          Prince Rahim Aga Khan
            Presidential Address
10.00h - 10.30h Keynote Speech:
Senior Government Representative
Outline of Syria’s future economic strategy and the importance of PPP
10.30 - 11.45h Session 1: What is PPP : The International Experience

Moderated by: Wafic Said, Chairman, Said Holdings
  • Rania Zayed, Advisor to the Minister & Director, PPP Central Unit, Ministry of Finance, Egypt
  • John Davie, Chairman, Altra Capital Ltd., Chairman, UKTI PPP Export Advisory Group
  • Dr. Paul Noumba, Lead Infrastructure Economist Economic Unit, Sustainable Development Dept. MENA Region, World Bank
  • Mahmoud Al Khoshman, CEO Sana Investment and CEO, Marafeq (Member of the Cham Holding Group) Syria
  • Dr. Riad Daoudi, Dr. Riad DAOUDI & Associates Law Office
11.45h - 12.15h Coffee Break
Sponsored by Orient Club
12.15h - 13.30h Session 2: Financing and Regulating PPP

Moderated by: Bassel Hamwi, Deputy Chairman & General Manager, Bank Audi, Syria
  • Moazzam Mekan, Manager, Infrastructure Advisory Services MENA, IFC
  • Francois Bergere, General Secretary of the Mission d’Appui aux PPP, Ministry of Economy & Finance, France
  • Federico Sutti, Regional Managing Partner, DLA Piper Italy
  • Fadi Sarkis, Senior Partner, Sarkis Attorneys at Law
  • Abdulkader Husrieh, Senior Partner, Ernst & Young, Middle East
13.30h - 15.00h Lunch:
Ebla Cham Hotel
Sponsored by Syria Gulf Bank
(Workshops 1 and 2 ran simultaneously)
15.00h - 16.15h Workshop 1: Electricity

Moderated by: Brian Constant, Hon. Treasurer British Syrian Society
  • HE Dr. Ahmad Kussay Kayyali Minister of Electricity, Syrian Arab Republic
  • Ayed Fattah, President, Siemens AG, Energy Sector, Fossil Power Generation Division
  • Wilhelm Icke, Vice President, Europe / Middle East / Central Asia, DEG, KFW Bankengruppe mbH
  • Michel Azzam, Head of Corporate Banking, Banque Bemo Saudi Fransi, Syria
  • Dr. Mithqal Sartawi, CEO & Managing Director, Privatization Holding Co. (Kuwait)
15.00h - 16.15h Workshop 2: Transport and Infrastructure

Moderated by: David Freeman, British Syrian Society
  • HE Dr. Yarob Badr Minister of Transport, Syrian Arab Republic
  • Benoit Lange, Executive Director, International Development, Bouygues Travaux Publics
  • Jacques Follain, Managing Director, Aeroports de Paris Management
  • Asad Khair, Associate Director, Corporate Finance, KPMG, London
  • John Sachs, Director, Taylor-Dejongh
16.15 – 16.45h Coffee Break
Sponsored by Orient Club
(Workshops 3 and 4 ran simultaneously)
16.45 – 18.00h Workshop 3: Housing and Urban Development

Moderated by: Roger Godsiff, Member of Parliament, UK
  • Mr. Iyass Aldairi, General Manager, General Establishment of Housing, Syrian Arab Republic
  • Mr. Gurol Konyalioglu, Head of Urban Regeneration Dept., Housing & Development Administration of Turkey
  • Douraid Dergham, General Manager, Commercial Bank of Syria
  • Alastair Newton, Managing Director and Senior Political Analyst, Nomura International plc
  • Clive Woodger, Managing Director, Founder and Owner, SCG London Ltd
16.45 – 18.00h Workshop 4: Oil and Gas

Moderated by: Ghayth Armanazi, Executive Director British Syrian Society
  • HE Eng Sufian Al-Alao Minister of Petroleum & Mineral Resources, Syrian Arab Republic
  • Ole Myklestad, Syrian Country Chair & General Manager, Syria Shell Petroleum Dev. BV
  • Jon Ferrier, General Manager, Petro Canada Palmyra BV
  • Brock Tuppeny, Vice President Business Development, Production Solutions, Petrofac Energy and Development
  • Jonathan Robinson, Managing Director, Head of the Project Finance, MENA Resources and Energy Group, HSBC
21.00h Gala Dinner
Khan Assad Pasha
Sponsored by Bank Al Sharq, Syria
DAY TWO: SUNDAY, 1 November 2009
09.30h – 10.45h Session 3: Managing PPP Risk

Moderated by: Costi Chehlaoui, Advisor to the Board of Directors, Syria Gulf Bank
  • HE Mr. Farid Raphael, Vice Chairman, Bank Al Sharq, Syria and Chairman & General Manager, Banque Libano Francaise
  • Adrian Creed, Senior Partner, Trowers and Hamlins, UK
  • Khalid Saoud Al Hassan, Managing Director & CEO, Gulf Insurance Company, Kuwait
  • Dr. George Makhoul, President, Middle East & North Africa, Morgan Stanley
  • Henry Russell, Manager Finance and Guarantees Group, World Bank Sustainable Development Network
10.45h – 11:00h Coffee Break
Sponsored by Orient Club
11.00h – 13.00h Session 4: Syria’s PPP: How to make it work

Moderated by: Dr. Fawaz Akhras, Co-Chairman, British Syrian Society
  • HE Abdulla Dardari, Deputy Prime Minister for Economic Affairs
  • HE Dr. Mohammed Al Hussein, Minister of Finance, Syrian Arab Republic
  • Dr. Ahmad Abdul Aziz, General Director, Syrian Investment Agency
  • HE Dr. Ahmad Kussay Kayyali, Minister of Electricity
  • HE Dr. Yarob Badr, Minister of Transport
  • HE Dr. Omar Ghalawenji, Minister of Housing & Construction
  • HE Eng Sufian Al-Alao, Minister of Petroleum & Mineral Resources
  • Aijaz Ahmad, Chairman and CEO, PanGro Limited
  • Paloma Perez de Vega, Loan Officer, Syria, European Investment Bank
  • Hassan Mukayed, Chief Executive Officer, Syrian-Qatari Holding
  • Jacques Saade, President, CMA CGM
14.00h - 14.15h Closing Remarks
Roger Godsiff, MP, Director, British Syrian Society