IPFA Turkey: Istanbul: The Role of the Private Sector in Railway and Metro Systems (Liberalisation, Opportunities and Suggestions)
The Law on the Liberalisation of Turkish Railway Transportation came into force in 2013 with the ambitious goal of liberalising the railway industry and increasing efficiency and quality through private sector investments. However, there has been limited progress since 2013 arguably due to delays in the issuance of secondary legislation and guidelines for private sector participation.
The Regulation on the Authorisation of Railway Operations, which came into force in 2016, establishes the rules and procedures for obtaining a railway operation licence. With the enactment of this regulation and other secondary instruments over the course of the past two years, liberalisation efforts have intensified and the legal framework finally appears to be ready to support private sector involvement in Turkish railways in 2018.
The private sector is already active in the metro systems market through public procurements and on the basis of the build-operate-transfer model. However, new models are on the government’s agenda.
2.30pm Opening Speech and Presentation on Current Legal Framework
To be announced soon
3.00pm Panel Discussion
Anıl Özgün, Manager of the Competition Branch Office, Directorate General of Railway Regulation, Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure
Serdar Ünsal, Head of Department, Department of Urban Rail Systems, Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure
Aslı Şahin, Department of Rail Systems, Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality
More panelists to be announced soon
4.45pm IPFA Update
IPFA Turkey Council Member
4.50pm Closing Remarks
Representative Bezen & Partners
5.00pm Networking Drinks Reception kindly hosted by Bezen & Partners
Please note that this event has limited capacity.