A roundtable on Public Private Partnerships opportunities for SMEs

National Bank of Abu Dhabi (NBAD), the safest bank in the Middle East and the Emerging Markets, will present on June 3rd a practical roundtable on Public Private Partnerships (PPP) opportunities for SMEs, at Etihad Towers in Abu Dhabi, in collaboration with Dubai-based CPI Media group.

The roundtable called “Public Private Partnerships – the skills and technologies to work with world-class businesses” will bring together high-profile speakers from the government and private business sides, to discuss concrete PPP opportunities in the country:

  • HE Dr Maryam Matar, Chairman, UAE GDA
  • Paolo Serra, VP, Dubai World Central
  • Mohanna Al Muhairi, COO, Emirates Foundation
  • Archie Berens, MD, Bell Pottinger ME
  • Alexandar Williams, Head of Business Development, DED
  • Rajiv Shah, CEO, DIC Consultants
  • Bassem Zein, Director, SME Advisor Arabiya
  • Rudolph Lohmeyer, Executive Director, AT Kearney Asia
  • Laudy Lahdo, CEO, Servcorp

Panellists will guide SMEs through application processes for them to improve efficiency and win competitive tenders. Participants will learn how to use technology and connectivity to work 'smart', meet the high expectations of the public sector in terms of project management and structured delivery, as well as understand aspects such as quality classifications, risk management and public liability.

Nilanjan Ray, Managing Director of Global Commercial Banking at NBAD, said: “This roundtable is another milestone in NBAD’s commitment to empowering SMEs across the region with a view to encouraging economic diversification. Public Private Partnerships (PPPs) are a key theme of the Abu Dhabi Economic Vision 2030 and the Dubai Vision 2020. The UAE will offer remarkable PPP opportunities for small and medium-sized companies in the years ahead and we are pleased to support them with our expertise.”

In addition to getting first-hand and practical information, enterprises attending the roundtable will enjoy priority access to a PricewaterhouseCoopers report that will be compiled on the subject after the conference with unique primary data. As part of the PWC Insight series, the report will be published online.

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