Reinforcing Infrastructure Development in Iraq: Second Meeting of the Working Group on Infrastructure Finance in Iraq

 

Paris, 29-30 April 2010

 

The prioritisation of infrastructure projects and their configuration as attractive public-private partnership opportunities or development bank loan applications was the focus of the second Working Group on Infrastructure Finance in Iraq meeting held on 29-30 April 2010 in Paris.

 

The meeting was a follow-up to the 17-18 February meeting of the Working Group in Amman, at which participants called on the MENA-OECD Investment Programme to develop a methodology for infrastructure prioritisation and establish a list of priority infrastructure projects attractive to private investors and loan agencies.

 

The meeting brought together over 50 participants, including top-level representatives of 11 Iraqi government ministries and agencies, major corporate players in the infrastructure field (Ernst & Young, GDF Suez, HSBC), and guarantee agencies (COFACE, MIGA, and OPIC). It featured presentations of potential infrastructure projects by Iraqi ministries, followed by advice from technical experts on how to develop the projects into viable PPP opportunities or institutional finance applications. Discussions were complemented by case studies of successful public-private partnerships and the highlighting of key issues such as integrity in public procurement.

 

Meeting documentation

 

Meeting Presentations