Enabling & Structuring for Private Sector Participation in Finance and Innovation

Course Dates

Module 2a & 2b:
15–18 March & 22–25 March 2021*

Module 1 (Run 2):
May 2021+

SMU Administration Building
81 Victoria Street, Singapore 188065

* The course will be conducted virtually due to the Covid-19 situation.  + Dates to be confirmed, depending on the Covid-19 situation.

Overview of the
Growing Infrastructure Course

Infrastructure Asia (InfraAsia), World Bank Group (WBG) and Singapore Management University (SMU) have joined hands to develop a bespoke course that builds leadership capabilities within the infrastructure sector across the region.
Titled “Growing Infrastructure – Enabling & Structuring for Private Sector Participation in Finance and Innovation”, this course was co-designed by all three organisations and will be delivered by SMU in partnership with InfraAsia.


Course Highlights

The course combines the strengths of each partner – InfraAsia’s connections with the regional infrastructure ecosystems, SMU’s industry collaborative networks, and the WBG’s global development expertise. Called “Growing Infrastructure – Enabling & Structuring for Private Sector Participation in Finance and Innovation”, it aims to support regional infrastructure development and raise participants’ awareness of solutions from Singapore-based companies. In particular, it will equip participants with the knowledge and skills to create a regulatory environment that is friendly towards private sector involvement in infrastructure.



Who Should Attend

Senior and mid-level decision makers and policymakers in the infrastructure sector, from South and Southeast Asia.
For the run scheduled in March 2021, InfraAsia is inviting government officials working on clean energy to apply.

Selection Criteria
All registered participants will go through a selection process by InfraAsia before receiving confirmation to attend the course. Application to the course does not constitute a guaranteed admission.

Course Objectives

Build regional government officials’ capabilities in preparing infrastructure projects for private sector involvement.
Hone regional government officials’ thinking and analytical skills to form objective and independent views on macro-initiatives.
Foster a common level of knowledge and understanding amongst government officials of PPPs and improve structuring and financing support for specific infrastructure sub-sectors.
Provide a platform for networking and peer-to-peer learning opportunities.
Public Private Partnership
(PPP) Certification

The PPP Certification, organised through the APM Group (APMG) PPP Foundation Certification, aims to foster a common minimum level of knowledge and understanding amongst individuals working on PPPs, create consistency in the usage of PPP terms, and standardise the process for the delivery of PPP projects. The PPP Foundation Certification is the first stage of the APMG PPP Certification Program. Module 1 will be done via APMG certification. This will be three days in total.

Infrastructure Finance
and Project Structuring

This module would include two main activities: (i) Sector Focused Infrastructure Finance sessions (i.e., energy, transport, urban development, and water sectors) which would aim to provide practitioners with sector-specific skills and solutions including technical, legal, regulatory, operational, and financial aspects; and (ii) A Project Structuring Lab to provide participants with the tools to analyse the different aspects of project structuring, including project finance and the core elements of PPP bankability.

Integrating Innovative Technologies
in Infrastructure Project Design

This module would provide an opportunity for delegations to develop a deeper understanding of new technologies in a specific sector. This will be done through an immersive approach comprising workshops, site visits, peer-to-peer knowledge sharing and action planning. The module would provide a framework on the processes of planning and institutionalizing new technologies to infrastructure would also provide insights on how innovation and new technologies are harnessed in Singapore and internationally.

Programme Directors

Prof Phang Sock Yong
Programme Director
Celia Moh Chair Professor of Economics
Singapore Management University
Prof David Fernandez
Co-Programme Director
Director, SMU Sim Kee Boon Institute
for Financial Economics (SKBI),
Director, Asia Green Finance Centre
Singapore Management University
Client Director

Dr. Flocy Joseph
Client Director
Executive Development
Singapore Management University

Press Release

The Straits Times
The Business Times
Lianhe Zaobao
Berita Harian
The Business Times Online
Bangkok Post
The Edge Singapore
BNN Bloomberg
Market Screener
Lianhe Wanbao
Smart Energy
Power Engineering International
Built Environment Sector - New SMU programme for regional policymakers to launch by 2021
(Singapore Tonight, 10pm) (Jun 1)

Channel 8
(Hello Singapore, 6.30pm) (Jun 1)

(Tamil Seithi, 8.30pm) (Jun 1)


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The Institute conducts fundamental and applied research which aims at solving real-world issues. Besides research, SKBI also actively engages in outreach, executive training and research dissemination through organising courses, seminars and conferences.


Infrastructure Asia supports Asia’s economic and social growth through infrastructure development. By harnessing the networks and collective capabilities of public sector agencies and private sector firms, we partner stakeholders across the region to meet Asia’s infrastructure needs. We do this by: • Connecting partners by matching solutions providers and financing to ready projects; • Building capacity in demand markets; and • Providing top-level project consultancy services to improve project viability


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