Paris, 4 - 5 November 2010
Feasibility studies and investor presentation documents will be prepared for six Iraqi infrastructure projects following the third meeting of the Working Group on Infrastructure Finance in Iraq.
The meeting included deliberations by six groups composed of international experts and senior Government of Iraq officials, each covering one of the six priority projects:
The meeting also focused on the regulatory framework needed for successful public-private partnerships (PPP) – one of two forms of extra-budgetary infrastructure finance identified by experts as suitable for Iraq:
Discussion of PPP regulatory frameworks drew on core OECD instruments such as the OECD Principles for Enhancing Integrity in Public Procurement and the OECD Principles for Private Sector Participation in Infrastructure.
The high-level Iraqi officials present at the Working Group meeting expressed their satisfaction at reinforced support for the priority projects by participating international and governmental organizations, and called for intensified work by the expert groups prior to the fourth meeting of the working group, planned for March 2011.
The Working Group on Infrastructure Finance in Iraq
The MENA-OECD Investment Programme partnership with Iraq
Opening remarks and overview presentations
Overview of the process and Activities of the Expert Groups to Date – Mr. Carl Dawson, Iraq Project Coordinator, MENA-OECD Investment Programme
Session 1: Translating Public-private partnerships Principles into Reality
Key elements of a public-private partnership regulatory framework – Mr. Alexander Böhmer, Head of Unit, MENA-OECD Investment Programme
Implementing key features of public-private partnerships: case studies from Turkey (Arabic) Mr. Mehmet Uzunkaya, State Planning Organization, Turkey
Session 3: Parallel Meetings of the Expert Groups – Expert Group on the Baghdad-Turkey Highway
Public-private partnership in highway projects in Iraq: problems and recommendations – Mr. Falah Mustapha, Business Development Consultant, Abu Dhabi
Final Declaration and Action Plan