ACCIONA’s infrastructure finance manager in Chile, Christian Haaxman, took part in the third edition of the Chilean Energy & Infrastructure Finance Forum, organised by IJ Global on 8 May in Santiago de Chile.
Attended by leading Chilean and international companies, as well as several government officials, the latest advances in the market and the country’s infrastructure as well as the portfolio of energy projects underway in the country were presented at the event, while the new strategies for financing social infrastructure projects were also discussed.
Christian Haaxman sat on the panel to discuss “Social Infrastructure: a strategy for developing and financing hospitals”, in which he shared ACCIONA’s experience in hospital finance and construction by presenting the portfolio of projects that the company is currently working on in the country, highlighting the Exequiel Gonzalez Cortés, Marga and Philippe Pinel hospitals in particular.
“While economic factors are indeed a very important part of the proposals assessment process, so too are the technical factors in terms of the design and functionality of each hospital. With that in mind, it would be interesting to see tender terms and conditions provide bidders with the option to propose design and functionality solutions, and for these solutions to be objectively assessed during the bidding process”, explained the ACCIONA manager.
He went on to underline the importance of considering characteristics in the design of hospital projects that can ensure these infrastructures become even more resilient. “ACCIONA believes it is essential for project assessment processes to include such aspects as sustainable installations and energy efficiency improvements capable of not only saving money but also translating into greater development interest for private enterprise as well as investors and financiers”.