Barcelona, 8 September 2014. Discussions refined the proposed recommendations and set the foundation for defining a roadmap to reduce regulatory risks in the water sector and enhance stakeholders’ engagement. There was a broad consensus on the need to reinforce the current reforms of the regulatory framework for water and sanitation services. The strengthening of an existing Performance Management Unit (PMU) in the Ministry to transform it into the utility regulator was recommended as a step in the right direction in Jordan, whereas in Tunisia the implementation of public-private partnerships (PPP) still requires a change not only to administrative culture, but also to water supply and sanitation services modalities.
The project’s First Regional Conference will be held on 28-30 October in Athens to share the experiences collected in the first phase with participants from around the Mediterranean. Building on successful collaborations, the Conference shall be held back-to-back with a Risk and Insurance Workshop (30-31 October) focusing on private sector participation, which is organised under the European Commission’s Sustainable Water Integrated Management (SWIM) programme .
The Governance & Financing for the Mediterranean Water Sector project is a joint undertaking of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the Global Water Partnership-Mediterranean (GWP-Med). It aims to diagnose key governance bottlenecks to financing through public private partnerships (PPP) for the Mediterranean water sector and to support the development of consensual action plans based on international best practices.