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Monitoring MWSS privatization: Water Rates

The management of Manila’s water and sewerage distribution system (MWSS) was privatized in August 1997 in what has largely been touted as a ‘successful’ water privatization, and the largest to date in the Asia-Pacific region.  The International Finance Corporation (IFC), the World Bank’s private sector arm, was adviser to the privatization, which resulted in two 25-year concessions (east and west) competitively bid.

Public sector reforms in Asia

Contains: PSI’s position on public sector reforms (New Public Management; Privatisation, PPP, PFIs; Outsourcing or contracting out; Cost-cutting budget constraints; Performance pay and performance management); Other modes of PSR (Decentralization; Separation of Policymaking and Service Delivery; Emergence of e-government; Job losses, austerity measures due to global economic crisis); World Bank review of PSR; Reasserting the public in public services;  ADB-supported PSR in power, water, health, education sectors; Union actions in PSR

WB-Castalia report for Metro Iloilo Water District (Philippines)

Oct 09 Final report of Castalia consultants which will be basis of privitization of MIWD thru PPP. Board of Directors now in the process of signing a MOA with IFC for the conduct of the feasibility study.
Executive Summary:

WB expects increased privatization after temporarydecline

April 2010 -- A brief analysis produced by the World Bank's private sector development unit shows that the value of privatization transactions in developing countries fell by 70 per cent between 2007 and 2008. However the pro-privatization unit of the Bank notes with evident relief: "Concerns that the crisis would produce a wave of nationalizations appear to have been unfounded." It states that most government takeovers of collapsing banks and other firms were in industrialized countries and of a temporary nature.

INDIA: Karnataka to seek WB funds

June 2010 – The Karnataka government is in the process of seeking additional funds from the World Bank for development works like creation of sewage and drinking water system in the new areas of Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagar Palike (BBMP) or the Greater Bangalore City Corporation. The BBMP was created in 2007 by merging eight urban local bodies with the then Bangalore City Corporation. At present, there are 198 wards in BBMP and most of them lack basic civic amenities.

Liberia: World Bank and IMF cancel debt on basis of reforms implemented

Ellen Unveils Govt Next 'Major Priority'
D. Kaihenneh Sengbeh
1 July 2010, The Informer (Monrovia)
Following Tuesday's historic debt cancellation against Liberia by the World Bank and the IMF, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf Wednesday morning told the nation that her administration's next challenge remains the restoration of infrastructure particularly roads.

New World Bank Access to Information Policy (July 2010)

New World Bank Access to Information Policy Takes Effect July 1
WASHINGTON, June 3, 2010—The World Bank said today that it is on track to begin to implement the first phase of its new policy on Access to Information on July 1, one of several major reforms the Bank has undertaken to increase its effectiveness, efficiency, and accountability.

Health sector reforms in South Asia

The experience of health sector reform in South Asia presents certain common trends but also variations in terms of the political economy and health services development in the four countries (Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Pakistan, India).

WB: Public Sector Reform - What Works and Why?

An IEG Evaluation of World Bank Support (World Bank, 2008).
Historical Overview of Public Sector Reform at the World Bank
11 1946 to 1982: PSR at the Margins
12 1983 to 1989: Focus on Quality of Government
14 1990 to 1996: Increasing Awareness of Governance Agenda

India pays penalty for not utilising loans from lending agencies

22 Jun 2009, NEW DELHI:  While India is negotiating more loans from the World Bank to fund infrastructure development and to upgrade urban transport, an internal assessment of the finance ministry has revealed that many of its past projects are running far behind schedule to the extent that the government has been paying commitment charges of several hundred crores every year.

Privatization of Electricity Service in Indonesia

(Fabby Tumiwa/WG PSR, Dec 2004) -- Restructuring program carried out during 1999-2003 has attained the following result:
(a) The issuance of Law No. 20/2002 on Electricity approve in September 23, 2002 by the House of Representatives, replacing Law No. 15/1985; (b) Corporate Restructuring of PT PLN; (c) Tariff adjustment; (d) Extension of Private Participation in Power Sector.

Status of Restructuring and Privatization Programs (ao Dec 04):

Indonesia: Restructuring PLN

INDONESIA POWER SECTOR (March 2007) Indonesia's power sector faces shortages of electricity due to under-investment in new generating capacity. The generating capacity has been estimated recently at 28.1 gigawatts. The biggest producer is state-owned power utility PT PLN (Persero), formerly known as Perusahaan Listrik Negara (PLN). But the utility is still known as PLN.

PLN seeks $300M for Malaysia power link under ASEAN grid

(Oct 2009) -- PLN is seeking $300 million to finance the construction of an electricity connection to Malaysia as part of the unified Asean power grid project. The interconnector will link Riau in Sumatra with Penang state in Malaysia. PLN and Malaysia’s state electricity provider, Tenaga Nasional (TNB), signed a preliminary agreement in October 2009 for power swaps via the interconnector. The Asian Development Bank, the Japan International Cooperation Agency and the World Bank have shown interest in financing the project, which is expected to start in 2012 and be finished by 2015.

Loans put PLN on ‘Fast Track’ to power

Two Additional ‘Fast-Track’ Plants Leave PLN Seeking $416m (30 Oct 2009, Reva Sasistiya) -- State power utility PT Perusahaan Listrik Negara needs to come up with a further Rp 4 trillion ($416 million) to finance an additional two power plants to be built as part of the first stage of its “fast track” energy program, bringing the total funding requirement for completion of the massive project to Rp 11 trillion.

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