PFI Rio 2017 - A New Era in Brazil's Ports & Terminals
Brazil's ports and terminals have long been at the centre of the country's economic and political scrutiny. Just last year, the resignation of Ports Minister Helder Barbalho, a mere 5 months after he assumed the position, came as the country was pushing through a Reais$10-billion (currently around US$3.2-billion) port concession process. But now the economy is beginning to show signs of improvement, with Brazil's Central Bank recently announcing it was slashing its benchmark interest rate as policy makers ramped up efforts to jumpstart the country's shrinking economy. Additionally, the creation of a new National Secretariat of Ports (NSP) within Brazil's Ministry of Transport, Ports, and Civil Aviation (MTPAC) is designed to help the government forge ahead with its $10 billion-plus port concession process.
Indeed, although Brazil's economy has not yet recovered from the worst recession in decades, there are other signs of life, for example Santos Port, the largest port complex in Latin America, is forecasting to move a record 120.6 million tons of cargo in 2017, according to Companhia Docas do Estado de São Paulo – CODESP (Santos Port Authority), and discussions about other new developments and investments are gaining momentum – such as the Port of Rotterdam's MoU to investigate opportunities for growth in Pecém port.
But while there are certainly signs of positive movement, many are still concerned about the slow pace of growth, with weak import and exports cited as a continuing concern by many – where levels are still well below those of 2012-2014 before the recession, and the lack of reform and speed in the country's public ports sector governance and bureaucracy.
With this in mind, PFI is excited to be returning to Rio on 21 - 22 June 2017 to shine the spotlight on the status of the country's port and terminal developments, and their impact on the national economy. Where are investments being focused, and what are the effects of these investments on Brazil's beleaguered economy? What factors will influence these developments, such as the role of politics and the knock-on impact of current trends and merging alliances in the shipping market. What is the outlook for the country's trade and what role do Brazil's ports and terminals have in this?
PFI Rio 2017 will bring port finance, maritime, transport, infrastructure and industrial experts together to assess the challenges and opportunities of Brasil's promising maritime and port market outlook.
Where: Centro de Convenções Bolsa do Rio, Rio de Janeiro
When: 21 – 22 June 2017
Who: We invite all those involved in port and terminal operations, especially with an interest in Brazilian and broader South American developments, to join us. Discounts are available.
Key topics to be covered during the conference will include:
• The impact and role of the new National Secretariat of Ports
• Modernization and expansion to optimize efficiency in Brazil's ports
• Reviewing public and private sector collaboration for infrastructure development
• Ports and terminals as key drivers for the Brazilian economy
• Accelerating growth and the key to attracting foreign direct investments
• Case studies and comparisons: Port PPPs and financing solutions
• Legal/institutional challenges in Brazil's port sector and how to overcome these?
• Eliminating barriers to improve the transport and supply chain performance
• The impact of latest shipping trends and developments on Brazil's port and terminal market
• Current and future financing market of ports and terminals
• The cabotage question: issues and future outlook
• How to ensure bankability of large scale port project
• A regional or hub role within a wider South American focus
• Plus – case studies, C-level panel discussions, roundtable sessions and networking opportunities for informal development and debate.
If you have a project or product that you would like to share with this audience, or if you would like to use this event to talk to 100+ leading port experts, please get in touch.
For more information please contact:
Director, Port Finance International
Murillo Corrêa Barbosa
ATP-Associação dos Terminais Portuários Privados
João Emilio Freire Filho
Carlos Campos Neto
Head of Infrastructure Economics
IPEA - Instituto de Pesquisa Econômica Aplicada/Institute of Applied Economic Research
Project and Export Finance Manager
KfW IPEX Bank
Jose Luiz Canejo
Notre Dame Consulting/Member of Infrastructure Department, DEINFRA
Luis Fernando Resano
Executive Vice President
Drewry Shipping Consultants
Strategy & Innovation
With futher speakers to be announced
Session 1: Ports and terminals as key drivers for the Brazilian economy
Session 2: Industry trends impacting the future of Brasil's ports
Session 3: Solving bottlenecks in the transport chain
|Session 4: The increased role of PPP in Brasil's port development project
• Overview of public and private investments in the Brazilian port sector in recent years
• Investment perspectives for the next few years in Brasil
• Mobilizing investments from public and private sources; international partnerships required
Session 5: Port concessions and bankability of investments
*Certain speakers, topics, titles and content may be subject to alteration. The organiser reserves the right to make changes to the programme as necessary
Centro de Convenções Bolsa do Rio
Praça XV de Novembro, 20 Térreo - Centro - Rio de Janeiro / RJ - CEP 20010-010
Early Bird Rate: €745
* Book before 4th of May
Standard Rate: €1095
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