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safir-brochure 9march2007

safir-brochure 9march2007

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For the 8
consecutive time, the South Asian Forum for Infrastructure Regula-tion (SAFIR) is pleased to announce its Core Course on Infrastructure Regulation. The residential program offers participants the opportunity to learn the funda-mentals of regulations pertaining to infrastructure industries and regulatoryeconomics as well as topical issues attendant to those industries, to share theirexperiences, to develop practical solutions to regional problems.Organized by LIRNEasia, a the course maintains the tradition of teaching excel-lence which is a hall mark of the annual SAFIR Core Course.Four thematic modules, each with a series of lectures that progressively giveparticipants deep insight into the key and latest issues in infrastructureregulation.How to manage expectations amongst stakeholders and how to handlethe media through analysis, group work and simulated press conferences
Assignment on Regulator PerformanceModular design
SAFIR Core Course on Infrastructure Regulation1
– 8
April 2007 at Kalutara, Sri Lanka
What’s New?
4 Thematic Modules address the fundamentals of infrastructure regulation
 To increase the cohesiveness of the content, the Course is designed around 4 Thematic Modules that are designed to provide a thorough grounding onissues related to overall infrastructure regulation. This module will review almost two decades of international experience of restructuring infrastructure sectors. Aspects of private participation, commer-cialization, and liberalization of infrastructure and their impact on sector perfor-mance will be analyzed. Emphasis will be placed on the institutional dimensionof reform in South Asia, where the participants will exchange their experience inthis regard. This module will also review the role of the regulator as a catalyst incommercializing the traditional state owned infrastructure sector and in man-aging competition in and for the market. Sessions in this module will alsoexplore the design options for regulatory agencies and the institutionalrelationship between the regulator and the policymaker. Most mportantly alter-natives to privatization and public provisioning of infrastructure will bediscussed in the context of public-private-partnerships, design and implemen-tation of concessions and related regulation.
Starting with an in depth examination of the nancial analysis underpinningprice regulation, the module will cover important issues such as the treatmentof depreciation, asset valuation and the cost of capital. A particular focus will beon the technical aspects of a price review. The
Price Control Case Study 
successfully used in previous SAFIR courses will be used again, to providehands-on experience to participants. Underlying this module is the regulatorsrole in providing a frame work conducive to investment.How does a regulator measure its own success? How does it build legitimacy inthe eyes of the stakeholders and how should the regulator handle or manage itsrelationships, expectations and perceptions with regards to stakeholders,including the media. What indicators should it be monitoring and influencingto achieve its aims? The module includes a hands-on assignment, similar to acase study (details below), that will give participants experience in playing themultiple roles a regulator needs to play in today’s world. This module will include several topics that are important in the regulatorycontext, such as issues related to universal service policy/obligation, approachto the implementation of quality of service standards and experience of usingsmall scale and decentralized service providers as a solution to the infrastruc-ture gap between urban and rural areas.
Price and FinancialAspects of Regulation
The Regulator’s Perfor-mance and Legitimacy
Other Topics in Infrastruc-ture Regulation
Reform and Competitionin Infrastructure Sectors
 The course presents nearly 1.5 days of breakout sessions organized into 4sectors: Electricity,Telecommunications, Transport including Highways, andPipeline Industries (oil, gas, water). Content within each sector is designed toensure the balance between theory vs. practice, and international vs. regionalexperience. The sessions will begin with examining the key considerations in creating wellfunctioning whole sale electricity markets. International practical experienceand the theoretical grounding of privatizing electricity utilities versus publicownership will be examined. Regulation as a means of disciplining and improve-ment of utilities will be at a theoretical level, supplemented by case studies fromIndian electricity regulators’ performance contracts. Possibilities of regionalenergy trade in the SAARC region will be discussed, as well as multi-year tari regimes. The focus is on in-depth exploration of several key issues facing South Asian andother telecom regulatory agencies. The perennially important issue of intercon-nection will be addressed as will issues that are relatively new to the regionalsuch as auction design as an integral element of regulatory practice. The mostimportant discussion of extending service to under-serviced and under-servedpopulations will draw from recently concluded research on policy interventionsusing “smart subsidies.” There is signicant private presence in the region in highways, ports, airports,bus services, and now, even in rail transport. While there is some commonalityacross countries in the manner in which transport safety is overseen, theapproach to economic regulation of transport varies considerably across coun-tries and across sub-sectors. In many of these sectors, regulation is by contractrather than by agency. The focus will be on the relative merits of the twoapproaches, their applicability to the dierent sub-sectors with special referenceto universal service obligations. These sessions will focus on regulatory issues in industries with similar physicaland economic characteristics such oil, gas, water – i.e. all of which depend heav-ily on a network of pipeline infrastructure. Sessions will focus on principlesapplicable across these industries, but may draw on case studies or examplesfrom one particular industry. Regulatory frameworks for Pipeline Industries,institutional reform as a way of improving accountability in service delivery of pipeline utilities like urban water and sanitation, sustainable use of groundwater, policies surrounding the construction of pipelines for the supply of gas inurban areas are some of the issues that will be addressed.
In-depth analysis into 4 sectors:Electricity, Telecommunications, Transport and PipelineIndustries
TransportPipeline Industries

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