07 Jul 2017

AIPM Fellow shares insights into successful project delivery with China

AIPM News, Strategic Alliances

AIPM Fellow shares insights into successful project delivery with China

AIPM Fellow Richard Fechner FAIPM recently represented the Institute with keynote presentations at conferences in China, as the country pursues its One Belt One Road initiative to improve global infrastructure linking Europe, Asia, Oceania and Africa.

At an event coordinated by the Shaanxi Provincial Government and the North Western Polytechnical University, he outlined the core Public Private Partnership (PPP) processes now followed to deliver successful PPPs, including case studies and learning from PPPs over the last 20 years.  

This seminar, held in Xi’an, a historic departure point for the Silk Road and a growing modern logistics hub, led to many thought-provoking questions from around 200 attendees during an extended Q&A session.

“Many attendees were seeking a deeper understanding to assist with what will be a significant number of internationally based PPPs being driven by the One Belt, One Road program.  The key issues include procurement processes, probity and the risks associated with forecasting tolls and demand for economic infrastructure,” said Richard.

Richard was also a keynote speaker the 10th China Project Management Conference, held by the Project Management Research Committee in Guangzhou. This global conference of more than 600 delegates from government, academia, contractors and consultants was focussed on innovation, technology and building project sustainability.  

The presentation focused on the search for value, maximising project outcomes by balancing economic, social and environmental impacts. “Our experience in driving openness in stakeholder dealings, best use of the natural environment with a balanced view on profit and economic development was well regarded, and was a common theme shared by my fellow keynote speakers from France and Poland,” he says.

The AIPM would like to thank Richard for his contribution, and our friends at Project Management Research Committee China (PMRC) for graciously hosting Richard.