Russian PPP Week is held to demonstrate best practices in implementing PPP projects in a variety of infrastructure sectors with a view to encouraging their further dissemination in Russian regions. Russian PPP Week is organized by the PPP Development Center with the assistance of Russia's Ministry of Economic Development and the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Russian Federation. Among the strategic partners are: the Agency for Strategic Initiatives, Russian Direct Investment Fund, Gazprombank, etc.
The topical issues include amendments to the legislation on concessions due to come into effect in 2015; a mechanism of private initiative; prospects for adopting a federal law on PPP; subsidization of regional PPP projects from the federal budget; mechanism of providing state guarantees, etc. Particular attention will be paid to establishing the required by-laws and to developing an effective PPP management system at both federal and regional levels.
On the first day, the congress will bring together key individuals directly involved in developing public-private partnership in Russia, namely representatives of the Russian Government, State Duma, ministries and departments; heads of Russian regions and local authorities; key investors and consultants; experts from development institutes, research and non-governmental organization organizations.
Traditionally, the ranking of Russian regions based on the PPP development level will be presented at the event. According to the decree issued by the Russian Government, such rankings must be taken into account and used as an indicator to measure the effectiveness of investment strategies carried out by governors. The decree also sets a target of increasing the average level of PPP development across the country by 30%.
Other important events of the first day of Russian PPP Week include a panel discussion on participation of private companies in the implementation of infrastructure projects in Moscow; a legal talk show about key trends in legislative regulation of public-private partnership; and a forecasting session on prospects for unifying rules related to implementation of PPP projects in Eurasian Economic Union Member States and in the CIS. The focus of the second day of the congress will be on the following sectors: transport and public utilities.
As regards the public utilities sector, the Ministry of Construction, Housing and Utilities of the Russian Federation is to hold an all-Russian semenar to address the issues of granting concessions to unitary enterprises in the public utilities sector. In addition, there will be a number of thematic sessions related to utility infrastructure sectors.