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PFI CONFERENCE PROGRAMME LAUNCHED

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A public-private partnership contract for the provision of a programme of Private Finance Initiative (PFI) conferen...
A public-private partnership contract for the provision of a programme of Private Finance Initiative (PFI) conferences by the treasury taskforce has been awarded to the Capita Group Plc, a leading provider of conference and support services to the public sector, following a competitive tender.

Taskforce chief executive Adrian Montague said:

'The Bates Review of PFI made a number of recommendations about retaining the benefit of acquired knowledge in this area of work. I see the introduction of three or four taskforce conferences a year as an ideal way of concentrating the central message, spreading best practice and sharing lessons learned.

'Since arriving in this post, I have received a large number of invitations to speak at other events, the majority of which I have had to turn down. There are simply too many PFI conferences and seminars going on at the moment, of varying quality and relevance. I have become aware that people just don't know which events are going to be of most value.

'By ensuring that people realise that the taskforce events are guaranteed a high profile with a central endorsement, attendance will be concentrated on a smaller number of higher quality gatherings. I and other members of the taskforce will be addressing current PFI issues throughout the programme.'

The first conference is planned to take place in April 1998. The format has yet to be finalised, but is likely to include workshop groups as well as presentations and open forum sessions. The initial

event will be in London, but there may be some scope for subsequent regional events.

The networks that the conferences will facilitate will be a key mechanism for the exchange of views of key players in the public and

private sectors who have a current or future interest in PFI projects.

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