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Latin America: Public-private partnerships (PPP) training in Colombia

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Partners Mark Dennison (finance), Dominic Lacey (construction), Agnes Koko (commercial) and Senior Associate Kate Shannon (finance) from our Energy & Infrastructure team recently delivered a PPP training workshop in Cali, Colombia, following an invitation by the British Embassy. The main components of the training included:

  • explaining how the English PPP model and expertise has been shared around the world;
  • sharing Eversheds Sutherland's global expertise in high speed and light rail and discussing how that expertise could help in the delivery of the proposed Cali light rail project;
  • exploring current issues in construction and operation contracts;
  • running role play scenarios where guests had the opportunity to negotiate issues in PPP by representing the government, a sub-contractor or a lender;
  • discussing finance and bankability and why the existing pipeline in Colombia has stalled.

Over 100 guests attended, including KPMG, PWC, WSP, PPP Agency Medellín (currently the only formal PPP body in Colombia), various junior and senior officials across regional government bodies and various companies across the infrastructure market.

To view a video summary of the conference, please click here.

If you would like to discuss receiving a tailored PPP training programme for your team, please contact us on the details below.

The infrastructure opportunity in Colombia

Colombia’s GDP has tripled since 2000. In 2018, it achieved OECD status and a much greater amount of foreign investment is now expected.

Colombia is going through a transition in the delivery of its infrastructure. It is currently expanding its PPP programme into rail (including the $4bn Bogotá Metro Project) and is about to launch a series of social infrastructure projects for the first time.

To learn more about PPP opportunities in Colombia and the wider Latin America region, please contact the team below.