Global Midwest Alliance
HomeAbout UsProgramsPSLOMeetings & EventsPartnershipSponsorshipNews

Driving Innovation and Growth
Challenges & Opportunities in Sustainable Development for the Private Sector:
Environment, Urban Development, Agriculture, Water & ICT


PSLO Contacts:        

May 21-24, 2012

Washington, DC

​Rebecca Riebe
Chicago, IL
Phone +1 (630) 333-0964
[email protected]
The Private Sector Liaison Officers (PSLO) Network invites you to join the World Bank Group, Inter-American Development Bank, Millennium Challenge Corporation and the Caribbean Development Bank for a multi-country visit program focusing on the opportunities in urban development, agriculture and water in the environmental sector at the International Financial Institutions in Washington, DC.

This three-day program is designed to provide an opportunity for initiating a dialogue with project officers responsible for current and pending environmental sector projects to gain an understanding of the requirements for engagement. Attendees will include consulting firms, individual consultants, equipment manufacturers and suppliers, design firms and producers, and developers and prospective sponsors of private sector projects from multiple countries. 

Participants will be involved in unique programming with the development community to:

  • Learn what types of projects are being planned and financed 
  • Focus on opportunities in environmental, water and sanitation, urban development, ICT and agriculture
  • Learn which technologies, products and services are attractive to regions in emerging markets
  • Discover how projects are initiated and developed 
  • Meet key contacts to stay informed for future projects
  • Dialog with attendees and representatives from multiple participating countries

Participation for this program is limited.  Cost to participate is US$750.00.  Registration and payment must be made by May 15, 2012.

Copyright © Global Midwest Alliance, 2017.  All rights reserved.  |  Privacy Policy  |  Terms of Use
The PSLO network is a group of 100 business intermediary organizations in 86 countries around the world working to foster trade and investment between countries with the support of the World Bank Group’s products and services. PSLOs facilitate private sector access to World Bank Group business opportunities, services and knowledge, and act as the voice of the private sector in advising the World Bank Group on how to better engage companies on development issues.

​Jessie Yu
Houston, TX, USA
Phone +1 (713) 844-3662
[email protected]

​Shane Jaffer
Alberta, Canada
Phone +1 (403) 297-6592
[email protected]
Sponsored by:

Welcome Gathering
Renaissance Washington D.C. Dupont Circle Hotel
City Center Ballroom, Lower Lobby Level
1143 New Hampshire Avenue, NW
Washington, DC  20037 

Understanding How to Do Business with The World Bank Group 
Welcome and Overview of the World Bank Group
How to Find and Bid on World Bank Projects
Speaker: Nancy Bikondo, Procurement Specialist
MIGA Products and Services
Speaker: Frederica dal Bono, Senior Business Development Officer
How to Do Business with the IFC and Understanding the Sustainability Framework 

Dinner Reception and Networking

World Bank Group Headquarters
Room MC2-800
1818 H. Street, NW
Washington, DC

Registration (Photo I.D. Required)

Green Growth: The Path to Sustainable Development
Emerging Priorities for the World Bank and the Role of the Private Sector 
Green growth for all is smart growth. It means putting in place policies that will encourage efficiency and removing those that don't. Inclusive green growth will be more affordable in the long-run, create new opportunities and take into account the true value of natural assets, the ecosystems on which we depend.  We will discuss what green growth is, what it means for the Bank's operations -- specifically in the area of environment -- and the role of the private sector.
Speaker: Mary Barton, Director, Environment Department 

Harnessing Urbanization for Growth and Poverty Alleviation
No country has grown to middle-income status without industrializing and urbanizing. The economic future of most developing countries will be determined by the productivity of their burgeoning urban populations. More than half of the world’s population now lives in urban areas. This population of about 3.3 billion people is projected to reach 5 billion by 2030. Ninety percent of that growth will take place in developing countries. Cities and urban areas are where all of the opportunities and challenges of sustainable development meet face-to-face. This panel will provide an overview of the World Bank’s urban strategy, the strategy for cities and disaster risk management, urban planning, and public private partnerships and cities. 

Overview of Urban Strategy (trends & opportunities) and the Impact of Climate Change on Cities, Building Sustainable Cities (eco-cities)
Speaker: Daniel Hoornweg, Lead Urban Specialist, Urban Development

Cities and Disaster Risk Management (strategy, lending and project portfolio) 
Speaker: Abhas Jha, Lead Urban Specialist, East Asia, Urban Development

Urban Planning (Transportation and Cities) (strategy, lending and project portfolio)
Speaker: Andreas Kopp, Lead Transport Economist, SDN Public Private Partnership and Cities 

Case Studies/Examples of PPP
Speaker: Adriana de Aguinaga de Vellutini, Program Manager, Public Private Infrastructure Advisory Facility

Coffee and Networking Break

Water in a Rapidly Changing World
The world has met early the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) target of halving the proportion of people without access to safe water, according to the UNICEF/WHO. However, much work remains. There are still 2.5 billion people without safe sanitation and 783 million without safe drinking water. Meanwhile water stresses like rapid urbanization and increased extreme weather occurrences are increasing. Countries will have to step up management of water resources if they are to grow sustainably. What will this mean for the private sector? This session will cover challenges and opportunities in urban water supply, rural sanitation and overall water resources management.

Overview of Water Portfolio (trends and opportunities)
Speaker: Julia Bucknall, Sector Manager, Water

Urban Water Supply and Sanitation (waste water management focus-strategy, lending and project portfolio)
Speaker: Francis Ato Brown, Sector Manager, Water

Water Resources Management (agriculture focus-strategy, lending and project portfolio)
Speaker: Seema Manghee, Senior Water and Sanitation Specialist, Water

Rural Sanitation (strategy, lending and project portfolio)
Speaker: Eduardo A. Perez, Senior Water and Sanitation Specialist, Water

MC East Dining Room

Green Growth and the IFC  
The speaker will discuss the IFC’s vision for green growth, how it is impacting the way the way IFC does business, and opportunities for the private sector.
Keynote Speaker: Rashad Kaldany, VP Global Industries, IFC

Sustainable Agriculture and Opportunities for the Private Sector Panel
Staple food prices are predicted to remain high and volatile for the foreseeable future, and climatic change, water scarcity and soil degradation are slowly but certainly changing countries’ agro-ecological potential. Countries must reposition themselves and update their agricultural and rural development strategies. This session will cover global challenges and trends in agriculture, including how the World Bank is working to help countries increase agricultural productivity and enhance food security. 

Trends in Agricultural Development
Speaker: Mark Cackler

Climate Smart Agriculture (Pilot Projects in Africa) 
Speaker: Patrick Verkooijen/ Marjory-Anne Bromhead 

Livestock and Food Safety: Opportunities for PPP 
Speaker: Francois Le Gall

​Coffee and Networking Break

Opportunities in ICT
The World Bank Group is the largest multi-lateral financier and provider of policy advice in the field of ICT in developing countries. Over the past five years, the World Bank Group has provided more than US$3 billion of funding in over 80 countries. This presents significant opportunity. This session will provide an overview of the Bank’s ICT strategy, trends and opportunities.
Samia Melham, Senior Operations Officer, ICTL
Laurent Besancon, Senior Regulatory Specialist

Wrap Up and Closing, World Bank Group Program

Dinner and Program with the Asian Development Bank

Program with the Inter-American Development Bank
Room CR-2
1330 New York Avenue, NW 
Washington, DC

Registration (Photo I.D. Required)

Welcome Remarks
Speaker: Hector Malarin, Division Chief, Environment, Rural Development and Disaster Risk Management Division

Protecting the Region’s Biodiversity 
Speaker: Michelle Lemay, Environment, Rural Development and Disaster Risk Management Division

Agriculture Programs Financed by the IDB 
Speaker: Paul Trapido, Environment, Rural Development and Disaster Risk Management Division

Coffee and Networking Break

Developing LAC’s Urban Environment
Speaker: Vicente Fretes, Fiscal and Municipal management Division

Improving Regional Sanitation Systems 
​​Speaker: Coral Fernandez Illescas, Water and Sanitation Divisio​n


One-on-One Meetings

World Bank Group Headquarters
Room MC2-800
1818 H. Street, NW
Washington, DC

Program with Millennium Challenge Corporation & Caribbean Development Bank in Environment, Water, Agriculture, ICT, Urban Development

                                                              REGISTER NOW

Monday, May 21, 2012

3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

8:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.

8:30 a.m. - 9:15 a.m.

9:15 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.

10:45 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

12:30 p.m. - 12:45 p.m.

12:45 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.

2:15 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

3:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

4:00 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.

5:15 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

5:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

9:00 a.m. - 9:15 a.m.

9:15 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

9:30 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. 

10:15 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

11:00 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.

11:15 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

12:00 p.m. - 12:45 p.m.

12:45 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

2:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Thusday, May 24, 2012

8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.