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Agenda Overview

Agenda: Thursday, September 7, 2017

8:15AM Registration and refreshments
9:00AM Forum´s opening remarks
9:10AM Keynote address: What opportunities will the government´s Build! Build! Build! programme present to the private sector?
Hon Ernesto Pernia, Socio-economic Planning Secretary and NEDA Director-General, Republic of the Philippines
9:30AM Keynote address: How does the government picture the optimal funding strategy for energy and infrastructure projects?
9:50AM In-depth analysis: What has been achieved and what still needs to be accomplished to usher in the ‘golden age of infrastructure’?

Duterte´s administration has been vocal about its evident focus on infrastructure development since its takeover last summer. The country’s strong economic performance, unprecedented FDI commitments from China and Japan, and the domestic private sectors´ wide interest in unsolicited proposals appears to have put the Philippines on the right track to deliver its ‘golden age of infrastructure’ aim. But what are the practical implications of these positive signs and what are the potential uncertainties?

  • How will the government respond to the mounting number of unsolicited proposals?
  • What is the PPP programme’s future?
  • How and when will be the pledged ODAs invested?
  • What other countries could declare their interest and support?
  • How will the Comprehensive Tax Reform Program (CTRP) impact infrastructure development?
  • What are the opportunities for your business?
Mia Tahara-Stubbs, Senior Reporter, Asia-Pacific, IJGlobal
John Eric T. Francia, President and CEO, Ayala Corporation Energy Holdings, Inc.
Aloysius B. Colayco, Co-Founder, Argosy Partners Inc.
Karen Singson, Chief of Staff and Undersecretary for Privatization and office of Special Concerns, Department of Finance, Republic of the Philippines
10:40AM Coffee and networking break
11:10AM Panel discussion: How will the new PPP Act impact the established programme?
  • What are the most significant amendments to the existing scheme?
  • How will regional governments benefit from the new PPP scheme?
  • What are the new opportunities for the private sector to set up joint ventures between Government-Owned and Controlled Corporations (GOCCs)?
  • What role could capital markets play in financing PPP projects?
  • How will the proposed hybrid financing model be implemented for actual PPP projects deals?
Pecson Ferdinand A., Executive Director, Public-Private Partnership Center of the Philippines
Roel A. Refran, SVP, Chief Operating Officer, The Philippine Stock Exchange, Inc.
Dean Van Drasek, Executive Director, Arch Advisory Limited
12:00PM Panel discussion: What are the desired financing strategies for energy and infrastructure deals?
  • What is the optimal combination of ODA, multilateral and commercial banks loans for financing infrastructure projects?
  • Is there any room for international banks to collaborate with domestic financial institutions?
  • What is the level of interest in financing infrastructure projects in the provinces & regions?
  • How active will the AIIB and other multilaterals be in funding energy and infrastructure deals?
  • What is the timeline to develop a well-established and functioning project bonds market in the Philippines?
Allard M. Nooy, Chief Executive Officer, InfraCo Asia Development Pte. Ltd.
Geoffrey Tan, Managing Director, Asia Pacific, Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC)
Alix Burrell, Principal Investment Specialist, Private Sector Operations Department, Asian Development Bank
12:50PM Lunch
2:00PM Presentation: What are the legal implications of the competition law on energy and infrastructure sectors?
2:30PM Panel discussion: Where do opportunities for the private sector lie in developing the railway and road networks?
  • What role does the government see for PPPs and the private sector in delivering roads and railways?
  • How will these deals be funded? What is the ideal and realistic mix of ODA, multilateral and commercial loans?
  • Where are the opportunities for the private sector in Manila´s public transportation network – including Mega Manila subway and EDSA Bus Rapid Transit?
  • What are the latest updates on the Mindanao Rail project?
  • What government incentives could be provided?
Frederic Pergay, PPP Infrastructure Development Director, Bouygues Construction Australia
Rommel Gavieta, Former Undersecretary for Planning, Department of Transportation, Republic of the Philippines
Roberto T. Lastimoso, Chairman, The Philippine National Railways (PNR)
3:20PM Coffee and networking break
3:50PM Panel discussion: How will the Philippines´ energy mix evolve in the next five years?
  • How will the forecast power oversupply impact pipelines and the country´s energy mix?
  • With coal now out of favour, which energy sources will be prioritized?
  • What is the outlook for renewables?
  • How can the Philippines secure a stable gas/LNG supply after Malampaya gas field is depleted?
  • What are the plans for upgrading and strengthening the country’s power transmission network?
Frank Thiel, Managing Director, Quezon Power Philippines Ltd
Edward McCartin, Director, Asia Greentech Pte Ltd
Roel Z. Castro, President & CEO, Palm Concepcion Power Corporation
Mark D. Habana, Vice President for Commercial Affairs, Vivant Corporation
4:40PM Panel discussion: How will renewable energy space develop after the end of the feed-in-tariff scheme?
  • How will investors and developers respond?
  • Do developers need other government incentives?
  • Which renewable energy asset classes are most attractive to investors and developers in the new market conditions?
  • What is the potential for geothermal and ocean energy generation?
Reman Chua, Vice President, Business Unit Head, Energy Development Corporation
Tom Teehan, President & CEO, SOLREV Energy, Inc.
Carlos Jose Periquet Gatmaitan, Chairman, MRC Allied, Inc.
Ruth Yu-Owen, President & CEO, PhilCarbon Inc.