Published : Monday, 29 June, 2015 02:15 PM

In keeping with the government’s topmost agenda i.e fast-paced Infrastructural growth, CII has announced what is likely to be one of its most important conferences in 2015. CII will be conducting the Conference on Financing Infrastructure on the 11th and 12th of September 2015, at Ahmedabad. The critical role of Knowledge Partner will be executed by The Centre of Project Finance, Adani Institute of Infrastructure Management (AIIM).

 AIIM is the only niche institute of its kind, focussed on world class capacity building for the Indian infrastructure industry. Backed by the 9 billion-dollar Adani Group, AIIM has a Center of Excellence, called the Centre of Project Finance - that researches ways and means of addressing financial challenges faced by all kinds of infrastructure projects.         

“The right infrastructure is absolutely essential to achieve the objective of turning India into a manufacturing hub,”said Mr. Malay Mahadevia, Director of Adani Ports, and Adani Institute of Infrastructure Management. “While welcoming the ‘Make in India’campaign, the Adani Group is deeply conscious of the fact that we first need to ‘Make India’. This has been at the centre of all our endeavours at AIIM, and the Centre of Project Finance, AIIM has rightly proposed “Thinking Afresh” as the theme of this very important conference on Financing Infrastructure.”

The range of knowledge support from the Centre of Project Finance, AIIM, to CII for this conference is quite expansive. Right from the theme, to the programme structure, designing the sessions, and identifying and suggesting the subject experts for each session…. the ‘Things-to-do’list is rather exhaustive. Equally important part as Knowledge Partner, is to make its experts at the Centre for Project Finance, AIIM, available to moderate as well as form a part of the session panels.  

“The broad objective of the conference is to discuss and debate policy and business aspects of infrastructure financing with fresh pair of eyes,” says, Prof. Pramod Yadav, Head, Center of Project Finance. Prof. Yadav will be moderating a Technical Session on Attracting Institutional Investors to Infrastructure Development, during the Conference. “CII’s collaboration with AIIM rests on intellectual, academic, and research prowess of AIIM in the field of infrastructure - particularly infrastructure finance. The one variable that prominently drove the design and flow of the conference session was our concerted efforts to keep the trajectory of the conference forward-looking. Each session is designed with the primary objective of“what next?”; each session provides a building block to the succeeding session.”

Over the years, AIIM has gathered exhaustive knowledge, research, and professional network in the field of Infrastructure Financing. Extensive discussion with relevant stakeholders, and experience in the field has enabled the Centre of Project Finance, AIIM to review the infrastructure financing scenario in India, identify the critical areas of strategic and policy gaps, and accordingly, design the entire conference.

However, as Knowledge Partners to CII for the conference the most crucial job that AIIM will execute will be that of contributing significantly to preparing  conference report , and structuring the deliberations/recommendations for the consumption of decision-makers in the policymaking and business world.

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