On 12 October 2019, Moscow will host the V Strategic Transport Infrastructure of Russia Forum, which is part of the cycle of events held by the ROSINFRA Infrastructure Congress and organised by the National PPP Centre and the Roscongress Foundation.
The Forums main topic this year is implementation of regional transport PPP projects as part of the national project Safe and Quality Highways and the Comprehensive Plan for modernising and broadening the highway infrastructure. Despite the impressive budgets of RUB 4.8 trln and 6.3 trln, quality improvement and development of the transport infrastructure are impossible without private money. Even though Russian and overseas investors compete for major federal projects, small regional and municipal projects without obvious returns face difficulties.
The Forum participants will discuss ways of supporting regional PPP projects in the transport sphere, the prospects for rolling out life-cycle contracts, and the impact of the project for creating the EuropeWestern China international transport corridor on the economic growth of regions. One hot topic on the Forum agenda is the law on roads in the Far North, which permits building of toll roads where there are no free duplicate highways. This will promote more active development of the infrastructure where the regional budgets are limited. The experts will discuss whether investors will go to the North, on what conditions, and whether such projects will cause public disturbances.
There will be a separate session on applying PPP mechanisms within the railway infrastructure. Major mining and processing companies are declaring more and more often their readiness to build commercial railway tracks without active support from the federal centre, these projects stall for many years. In parallel, RZD is implementing its own network modernisation and expansion programme. Market participants are discussing how a private railway might be built in Russia, whether the government should help the investors and whether businesses could create a federal network for the needs of the whole country.
PPP mechanisms are also gaining popularity in urban transport, with more and more projects emerging in the regions. These involve not only purchase of vehicles under Life Cycle contracts but also creation of express tram lines, cable ways and smart stops. Is it possible to roll out successful urban transport practices? What is the future of private cable ways? If there a place for PPP in smart transport? These and other questions will be raised during the relevant session.
The topic will be continued by the participants in the session: «PPP in the context of digital solutions in the field of transport and logistics». Smart services and information systems are penetrating ever deeper into the transport sphere, introduction of technologies taking place only with active participation by the state. Market representatives will discuss whether there is a place in this sector for private investors, what niches they might occupy, how penetration of smart solutions in the regions can be speeded up and what prospects in this sphere are opened up by the law signed by the President of Russia on the possibility of transferring to a private partner the exclusive rights to IT facilities created within the scope of PPP agreements.
The first day of the Forum will culminate with a roadshow of PPP projects applying for pre-project finance. Representatives of the regions will present the concepts of projects for development of the transport infrastructure that could be implemented with private investors.
The second day of the Forum will see a Master Class on «PPP projects in the transport sphere: from idea to return on investment» arranged by the PPP Institute.
The Forum programme and registration are available on the website p3transport.ru.
Venue: Centre for Digital Leadership SAP, Moscow, Kosmodamianskaya Embankment, 52/7
Tel.: +7 (495) 988 7713