CBS-Sauder-Monash Conference on PPPs
PPP projects is carried out all over the world and in quite various contexts and why not share knowledge and expertise? This was the motivation behind a very successful conference on PPP’s the 26th and 27th of September 2012 where experts from Australia, Singapore, Italy, United Kingdom, Ireland, Scotland, United States and Canada met at CBS.
The conference was organized in cooperation between Copenhagen Business School, Sauder School of Business at University of British Columbia in Canada and Monash University in Australia. It was sponsored partly by the Sauder-CBS foundation. The conference was the first of three conferences. The next two conferences will be held in Vancouver (2013) and Melbourne (2014).
The papers presented focused on everything from “Do State PPP Enabling Laws Attract Private Infrastructure Investment” to “Private Finance, Public Insolvency: Learning the Lessons of the South London NHS Trust” and “Reflection of the Econom-ics PPPs”.
A paper on “Hydropower in Frontier Economics: The Case of Nam Theun in Lao People’s Democratic Republic” gave an insight to a great PPP project that had led to increased poverty and economic growth in one of the poorest coun-tries in the world Lao. After a five year construction period the NT2 project—the largest hydropower plant in Lao PDR went into operation. The project was the first collaboration between the Lao Government and private players as the World Bank.
Great responses from participants
According to Eoin Reeves, Senior Lecturer in Economics at the University of Limerick, Ireland, and Director of Privatization and Public-Private Partnerships Research Group:
“The CBS-Sauder-Monash Conference on PPPs was a hugely valuable exercise. It brought together scholars from different countries and different disciplines but with a common interest in PPP. The quality of the pa-pers and discussions were first-class and the event provided an excellent opportunity to share ideas with internationally recognised experts in the field of PPP research. I look forward to future events as part of this new and exciting alliance.”
Veronica Vecchi, Professor at SDA Bocconi school of management, Milan Italy express:
"The CBS Sauder Monash conference has been a very useful experience, thanks to the mix of academic and professional point of views and different backgrounds from several countries (and jurisdictions). It has been a "first class" opportunity to meet colleagues, share ideas, receive/give feedbacks. I'm sure the network established will become an influential reference point worldwide on PPP. Therefore, I'm proud to be part of the network and I will work proactively to support it."
For more information regarding the conference, please contact Academic Director at the CBS Public-Private Platform and Professor Carsten Greve