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[Workshop] Regulating Water Services Provision in MENA

Tags: MENA Region / Water / 2015
  • Starts: Jul 28, 2015
  • Ends: Jul 30, 2015
  • Location: Marseille, France
  • By: World Bank Water Global Practice
  • The World Bank and the Center for Mediterranean Integration (CMI) in partnership with GIZ and the Public-Private Infrastructure Advisory Facility (PPIAF), are organizing the first regional workshop on Regulating Water Services Provision in MENA in Marseille, France, on July 28-30th, 2015.

     

    The workshop brings together water and sanitation service providers, regulatory authorities and policy-makers from several countries of the MENA region (Egypt, Morocco, Palestine and Tunisia) as well as Albania, Australia, France, the Netherlands and the US. Development partners and civil society representatives are also participating in the workshop, with the objective of discussing the potential for regulation of water services as an instrument to reach sustainable water and sanitation services for all in the region.

     

    Regional Context 

    Scarce and unevenly distributed water resources have made water a key economic and social development issue in the Middle East and North Africa region. More than three quarters of the population of World Bank client countries in MENA have access to clean water and improved sanitation, but service is often not continuous, and access to water in rural areas often lags behind, as do access to sanitation and wastewater treatment.

     

    Balancing cost-recovery and affordability concerns are recurrent priorities for service providers and policy-makers in MENA World Bank client countries, as well as improving environmental sustainability and water resources management, given the scarcity of water resources in the MENA region.

     

    Scope of the Workshop

    This workshop looks at the potential of regulation for improving these aspects of water and sanitation services provision, by considering the experience of developing and developed countries alike. It focuses on 4 MENA countries, which are currently undergoing or considering a reform of the water sector: Egypt, Morocco, Palestine and Tunisia. The agenda of the workshop is available here .

     

    Expected output

    As well as a summary report on the proceedings of the workshop, this event has sparked interest in the creation a formal or informal Community of Practice on the topic of the regulation of water and sanitation services in the MENA region.  

     

    Related links

    Workshop Summary Report

    regulationbodyofknowledge.org 

     

    Participants’ PowerPoint presentations

     

     

    Day 1, Tuesday July 28

     

    1. Mark A. Jamison, Director and Gunter Professor, Public Utility Research Center (PURC), University of Florida; "Regulation of Water Utilities: A Primer"
     

    2. Mark A. Jamison, Director and Gunter Professor, Public Utility Research Center (PURC), University of Florida; " Institutional Arrangements and the Political Economy of Regulation"
     

    3. Avni Dervishi, Chairman, National Regulatory Commission of the Water Regulatory Authority, Albania; "Water Regulatory Authority in Albania"
     

    4. William Kingdom, Global Lead for Water Supply and Sanitation, World Bank; "Regulating Water Service Provision: The Role of Benchmarking"
     

    5. William Kingdom, Global Lead for Water Supply and Sanitation, World Bank; "Benchmarking and data quality"
     

    6. Ben de Ru, Team Leader, Project Management, Waternet; "Benchmarking Wastewater in the Netherlands"

     

    Day 2, Wednesday July 29

     

    1. Mark A. Jamison, Director and Gunter Professor, Public Utility Research Center (PURC), University of Florida; " Approaches to Rate-Setting, Cost, Incentives and Prices"
     

    2. Eric Groom, Consultant and former Regulator, IPART, Australia; "Case Study on Water Regulation in Australia: Sydney Water"
     

    3. Roland Werchota, Senior Advisor, GIZ; " Pro-Poor Regulation"
     

    4. Mark A. Jamison, Director and Gunter Professor, Public Utility Research Center (PURC), University of Florida; "Pro-Poor Regulation: Tariff Structures, Subsidies, Citizen/ Pro-poor Engagement"
     

    5. Hachmi Kennou, Executive Director, Institut Mediterranéen de l'Eau; "Civil Society Implication in Urban Services of Water and Sanitation in the Mediterranean"
     

    6. Mark A. Jamison, Director and Gunter Professor, Public Utility Research Center (PURC), University of Florida; "Fragile States"

     

     

    Day 3, Thursday July 30

     

    1. Mark A. Jamison, Director and Gunter Professor, Public Utility Research Center (PURC), University of Florida; "Body of Knowledge on Infrastructure Regulation"
     

    2. Jean-Marc MERTZ, Deputy Director for water and yacht harbors management, Marseille Provence Metropole, “Contracts Governing Delegation of Water and Sanitation Services”  [French Version]
     

    3. Alain MEYSSONNIER, Deputy Director in Charge of Development, Societe des Eaux de Marseille, “The new delegation contract for water service in Marseille: An implementation of smart city solutions."