PPIAF hosted a kick-off workshop on February 26, 2015 for the Improving Infrastructure Regulation for Low-Income, Fragile and Low-Capacity Countries Program. The program is a PPIAF-led initiative, implemented with Public Utility Research Center (PURC) at the University of Florida, that aims to support the development of sustainable regulatory systems. It will develop tools and knowledge products on regulation that are targeted to low-income, low-capacity and fragile countries, including an updated Body of Knowledge on Infrastructure Regulation and self-assessment tool for regulators.
The kick-off workshop included a panel of regulatory experts, including water, energy, and transportation sector specialists from WBG Global Practices and IFC, that discussed the importance of sector regulation for PPPs in least developed and fragile countries and the challenges faced by these governments as they seek to strengthen their regulatory systems. It also included presentations by PPIAF and PURC to introduce the program and outline how it will assist governments with these regulatory challenges. We will provide additional information on this initiative as progress is made.