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Joint Workshop of ReSPA and EBRD devoted to Public Private Partnership and Public Procurement Working Group


London,United Kingdom

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Public Private Partnership (PPP) and Public Procurement (PP) are recognized as an important components of the priorities laid out in the European Commission strategy papers for the Western Balkans in terms of efficiency and sustainability of public finances. Therefore ReSPA is intending to implement study visit to the EBRD at its headquarters in London (UK), for further strengthening of the institutional capacity in the WB countries in the domain of important thematic areas PPP and PP.  


Given that level of knowledge and experience in structuring and negotiating PPPs amongst public officials is still estimated low across all of the Western Balkan countries and that much of the institutional skills required is common, ReSPA intend to provide learning platform and facilitate the activities contributing in stimulating overall interest in PPPs in the region. By facilitating the PPP training programme, ReSPA will assist in implementing the EC Enlargement Strategy, reflecting its objective to support investment in infrastructure in the WB, continuing the development of WB platform for education and training, and assists in enhancing capacity building on PPP. Further, the PPP activity plan is fully in line with the following strategic priorities:
- IPA II addressing competitiveness and growth
- SEE Europe2020 for Jobs and Prosperity goals
- WBIF recommendation for the possibility of introducing PPPs under WBIF2
Similarly, public procurement is recognized as an important component of the priorities laid out in the European Commission strategy papers for the Western Balkans in terms of efficiency and sustainability of public finances.
In light of the above, ReSPA is intending to implement study visit to the EBRD at its headquarters in London, UK for further strengthening the institutional capacity in WB countries in the domain of two important thematic areas PPP and PP.
It is designed to achieve the following objectives:
o To enhance capability of institutions responsible for PPP and PP to carry out the tasks in designing and implementing PPP projects in an efficient manner;
o To elaborate lesson learned approach in both areas;
o To equip the participants with the required project oriented know-how;
o To maintain the continued learning process for PP and PPP practitioners.
The specific objectives of this workshop are as follows:

o To upgrade competences in the PPP project cycle with emphasis to the project identification, Public Procurement process, the project proposal development and development and application of the justification criteria, funding and financial impacts and financial modelling;
o To improve understanding of various PPP aspects and the PP process (bottlenecks);
o To improve understanding of various stakeholders prospective;
o To enhance the quality of the project proposals and decrease the project mortality rate and improve PP process as a whole and in domain of PPP projects.


The structure of the study visit is designed as to match the expressed priorities and to deliver other related topics in order to obtain the comprehensive program compiling the most important PPP and PP related topics.

Target group

This 2 day study visit is designed for PPP and PP expert working group senior professionals in public administration responsible for investment planning and policy, sectorial regulatory agencies, public services delivery, development of public infrastructure with at least 5 years’ experience of working on project preparation and implementation or development of public investment strategies at national, regional and municipal levels. Preferably, the participants are required to have direct responsibility for implementation of public infrastructure investment projects. As preconditions the following are desirable: understanding PPPs and PP principles, pros and contra PPPs; the role of PP in PPP, EU PP and PPP policy requirements from the prospective of EU accession countries; the importance of the strategic planning from the prospective of the public sector in line with EU requirements.

Workshop trainers

Matthew Jordan-Tank, Head, Infrastructure Policy, EBRD
Matthew is the Head of Infrastructure Policy at EBRD, providing advice and structuring for the Municipal Infrastructure and Transport sectors. Previously, he was Senior Urban Transport Specialist at EBRD from 2007-2013, where he focused on both private and public sector urban transport project structures in line with the Bank’s mandate, involving over 50 individual projects across some 20 countries in Eastern Europe, Russia and the CIS and Turkey. His active project portfolio includes Belgrade, Istanbul, Warsaw, Wroclaw, Budapest, Sofia, Kiev, Sofia, Almaty, Bursa, and Izmir, amongst others.
The focus of his policy work covers transport sector funding, urban public transport regulation and commercialisation, public service contracting, performance-based contracting for roads, automated fare collection projects, ITS/traffic management, parking concessions, road safety, rail sector reforms, delegated management contracting and social infrastructure PPP development.
Prior to joining EBRD in 2007, he worked as a Transport Specialist for Inter-American Development Bank in Washington, DC from 1999-2007. He holds a Masters in Planning from the University of Maryland, USA.

Alexei Zverev, EBRD Senior Counsel
Alexei Zverev, a Russian national, graduated from Moscow State University. Prior to joining EBRD, he engaged in private practice first in Russia and then with a major international law firm. Since 1996, he has worked in the Office of the General Counsel, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, London, first as Counsel and then as Senior Counsel.
His responsibilities at the EBRD include leading public private partnership/concessions legislative and regulatory advisory projects throughout Central and Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union and also supervising on behalf of the EBRD law reform in Russia. Recent undertakings include leadership of EBRD project teams advising on PPP/concession law and policy upgrade in the Czech Republic, Latvia, Hungary, Lithuania, Slovenia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan and the Russian Federation. Alexei has contributed to the drafting of the UNCITRAL Model Legislative Provisions on Privately Financed Infrastructure Projects, approved by the United Nations Commission in 2003. He is actively involved in the legal working group of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe on Public Private Partnerships and in the activities of the PPP Alliance.

Veljko Sikirica, Senior Adviser, EBRD Procurement Policy Department
Veljko is responsible for EBRD client’s procurement assessment and capacity building, policy dialogue and policy review, training of trainers, outreach to private sector, EBRD staff capacity building, Nuclear Safety projects procurement guidance and review, as well as, for procurement for sustainable development, independent procurement reviews and internal audit reports. He is responsible for all EBRD procurement related learning programmes in the Bank, as well as, externally with the clients. He teaches at the International Master in Public Procurement Management, University of Rome Tor Vergata and is a member of the Executive Committee.
Before joining EBRD in 2008, he worked in the Inter-American Development Bank from 1984, as team leader, procurement and engineering expert for energy and infrastructure projects, including work in the field (Bahamas and most of LA and Caribbean countries) responsible for project execution. Responsibilities in procurement included a wide range of tasks from conducting and reviewing procurement processes, documentation, audits, training and institutional capacity assessment and building, supervision, systems development and advisory services, to complaints review and resolution.
Prior to 1984, he worked in EXIM Bank of Yugoslavia. Veljko holds a Graduate degree in Electrical and Mechanical Engineering from “Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico” and a Masters degree in Finance from the University of Maryland, USA. He has accumulated more than twenty years of teaching experience as a practitioner.


The event will be delivered by utilizing:
• Presentations,
• Discussion
• Review of case studies,
• Presentation of ReSPA regional studies in domain of PPP and PP.

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