28 May 2009. ESPI has been invited to present the results of the study conducted with Euroconsult and Milbank on PPP in the satcom sector in a conference organised by ASI, which took place in Rome today.
Considering the growing relevance of Public Private Partnership (PPP) models for structuring, building and financing space infrastructures and in order to better assess the opportunities of implementing such models in a new Italian satcom institutional mission, the Italian Space Agency (ASI) organised a conference on PPP space projects.
This event included the participation of the Italian Minister of Education, University and Research, Maria Stella Gelmini (Chairwoman of the last ESA conference at Ministerial level), Admiral Filippo Maria Foffi, Capo VI Reparto Stato Maggiore Difesa, Eric Beranger, CEO of Astrium Services, Matthew O’Connel, CEO of Geoeye and was chaired by ASI’s Commissioner, Enrico Saggese.
ESPI was asked to introduce the topic of the conference. ESPI Project Manager at that time, Andrea Franzolin, presented the main results of the study initiated by ESA on the applicability of PPP in the next generation satcom systems. This study had been conducted by ESPI with Euroconsult SA and Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP, and concluded with a conference on 31 March 2009 (see related webnews here). The other speakers at the event in Rome presented their experiences and the main successes of PPP models, especially in military programmes.