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.

Campaign against water privatisation in Italy gets 1 million signatures

The Italian campaign against water privatisation -  Forum Italiano dei Movimenti per l’Acqua - collected over a million signatures in 2 months in support of a demand for a referendum to prevent the privatisation of water services.The campaign is organised and supported by hundreds of organisations and bodies, including water operators, community and releigious organisations, and the Italian trade unions.

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.

Nigeria: Nine month power plan

Jonathan Rolls Out Nine Month Plan On Power
Fidelis Mac-Leva
29 June 2010, Daily Trust
Following the assumption of full responsibilities of Nigeria's troubled Power sector, President Goodluck Jonathan constituted a Presidential Action Committee to oversee the new reforms in the sector. To underscore the enormous task before it, Jonathan elected to head the all important committee which has the minister of state for Power, Nuhu Somo Way, as vice chairman.

Reform of the Urban Water Supply in Southern China

The Reform of the Urban Water Supply in Southern China  2010 June 15
This report aims to identify the problems of China’s current water supply sector reforms from a grassroots perspective and to present an overview of the issues casued by water privatization in Southern China.

Full implementation of power sector reform in Nigeria

Jonathan Orders Full Implementation of Power Sector Reform
7 June 2010, Daily Trust
President Goodluck Jonathan has directed the Ministry of Power to commence full implementation of the Power Sector Reform Act in order to create room for private sector participation and efficient service delivery to Nigerians, Minister of State [Power] Nuhu Somo Wya has said.

Zimbabwe Iron and Steel Company privatisation stalled

Zisco Privatisation Stalls
Lloyd Gumbo
11 June 2010,The Herald
Harare — Industry and Commerce Minister Welshman Ncube has stalled the privatisation of the Zimbabwe Iron and Steel Company contrary to his claims that the Presidency had thrown out the selected bids, a Cabinet minister has said.

Case for privatisation in Yobe State, Nigeria

Abacha Makes Case for Privatisation
Bala Ajiya
17 June 2010
Damaturu — Privatisation of government-owned industries would encourage regular payment of revenue to government and consequently increase the internally generated revenue of Yobe State, Chairman of the Advisory Committee on Revenue Enhancement in the state, Alhaji Mohammed Abacha, has said.

National Union of Electricity Employees opposes privatisation of electricity

Northern Electricity Workers Decry Treatment of Consumers
20 June 2010
Electricity workers in the North have decried what they call the lopsided development of the power sector in the country at the expense of northern consumers.
They also spoke against the privatization of electricity in the country saying that the unit price would be too high for consumers when privatized.

Politics of service delivery reform

What drives public service reform, and who resists it? This article, published in Development and Change, identifies the leaders, supporters and resisters of public service reform, drawing principally on research from Ghana, Zimbabwe, India and Sri Lanka. It finds that reform was often constrained by a lack of political commitment and by the interests embedded in existing organisational arrangements. Some reforms in the social sectors could be introduced quickly and without real political support, as long as there was little organised political resistance.

Impact of public sector reforms on public sector workers

This paper presents some initial findings from a survey of public sector workers, in a number of countries in Europe, Africa, North America, Latin America and Asia, and how they have been affected by policies of liberalisation in relation to wages, working conditions and other forms of socio-economic security.  This survey was a joint initiative between the International Labour Organization (ILO) and Public Services International (PSI), an international trade union.  The aim of the survey was to explore three themes: workers’ socio-economic security; quality and accessibilit

Political Economy of Power Sector Restructuring in Southeast Asia

During the last two decades, fundamental changes have taken place in power sector around world, and many countries have adopted market-oriented reforms to introduce more competition into the sector. However, while the case for restructuring from economic and technical perspectives might be unambiguously strong, the performance of such reform efforts in developing countries has been mixed so far.

ADB review of BLCP Coal-fired Power Project (Thailand)

Excerpts of Sep 2009 ADB review: The project is a 'Loan and Complementary Financing Scheme' -- On 12 November 2003, the Board of Directors of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) approved (i) a loan of up to $40 million from ADB's ordinary capital resources, (ii) a proposed loan under the ADB's complementary financing scheme (CFS) of up to $100 million in favor of commercial lenders, and (iii) a political risk guarantee (PRG) in favor of commercial lenders to BLCP Power Limited (BLCP) for the BLCP Power Project (Project).

Right to water in privatization of Angat hydro power plant

Commission on Human Rights (CHR) Advisory:
The human right to drinking water is fundamental for life and health. Sufficient and safe drinking water is a precondition for the realization of all human rights.”1

Bukidnon church group oppose Agus-Pulangi HEPP privatization

Bukidnon social action group: Don’t privatize Agus and Pulangui power plants
by Walter I. Balane / MindaNews,  13 Jan 2010, Philippines

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