Workshop - Unlocking Finance For Railways

Unlocking finance for railways – capacity building for sustainable PPPs

Workshop – Wednesday December 6th 2017 – UIC Headquarters - Paris


Addressing the challenge of the complex and capital-intensive rail infrastructure, and delivering faster, better and safer projects are of key importance to economic development worldwide. What is needed is a better use of public sector revenue sources together with greater recourse to private finance. New approaches with private sector participation (PPPs) appear to be the way forward in developing countries to unlock capital and expertise, while they are increasingly used in the OECD bloc.

In the margin of UIC General Assembly, which is gathering railway leaders worldwide, the present workshop aims to overview and assess the current state of PPPs in railways and the future opportunities and challenges they offer. It will bring together international PPP experts across all relevant backgrounds, to discuss the requirements for a greater anticipation and follow up capacity within national railways for both having a global whole-of-life view of PPP projects and fostering private investment, all with regards to sustainable development, economic, operational and legal considerations.


The purpose of the workshop is to provide practical overview on best practices in rail PPPs, help reach a more mature understanding of PPP schemes and discuss the tools to effectively address risk sharing mechanisms and oversee long-term management.
The main discussion topics include:

• Global rail PPP principles: Why choose a PPP scheme? When is it well suited? How to address it?

• Common project preparation barriers and capacity gaps (formulation of major member’s needs and main barriers to lunching successful and well-balanced PPPs)

• Priorities and key success factors for project identification, preparation and long-term management

• Outlook on a harmonized railway approach to PPPs and the role of a central body to concentrate best practice and provide guidance on rail PPPs

Target Group

This workshop will be of particular interest to UIC members and all the public and private stakeholders, at the global level, which look forward to boosting their PPP capabilities or are involved in implementing PPPs in the rail sector. This includes policy makers, public officials, private sector service providers, funders and advisers, academics and international organizations.

Sponsorship opportunities

Please contact:
Zakaryae Boudi, Economic Development Advisor:
Nick Craven, Head of Sustainable Unit:


There is no charge for participation; however places are limited and will be allocated on a first come first served basis. To reserve your place please complete the form below.

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