The goal of the TA is the promotion of regional trade and cooperation, private sector investment, and infrastructure development in the energy sectors in East and Central Asia by advancing regulation of the electricity sector in a harmonized fashion. The purpose is to generate the knowledge base necessary to help members develop the appropriate package of reforms necessary to accomplish these goals.
|Project Name||Establishment of the CAREC Members' Electricity Regulatory Forum|
|Project Type / Modality of Assistance||Technical Assistance
|Source of Funding / Amount||
|Strategic Agendas||Inclusive economic growth
|Drivers of Change||Governance and capacity development
Private sector development
|Sector / Subsector||
Energy / Energy sector development and institutional reform
|Gender Equity and Mainstreaming||No gender elements|
|Description||The goal of the TA is the promotion of regional trade and cooperation, private sector investment, and infrastructure development in the energy sectors in East and Central Asia by advancing regulation of the electricity sector in a harmonized fashion. The purpose is to generate the knowledge base necessary to help members develop the appropriate package of reforms necessary to accomplish these goals.|
|Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy||
Member regulators, utilities and governments are eager to learn from the experiences of their neighbors in the region as they attempt to devise approaches that are suitable to their own economic and technical conditions, and objectives. Each approach carries with it a set of issues and roles that must be considered carefully by regulators, in light of international and regional experience.
A key problem in most CAREC countries is the high commercial losses and poor bill collection rates of distribution companies. In combination with the inadequacy of regulated tariffs to cover costs, this has undermined the cash-flow in the sector and adversely affected the financial health of the utilities. The resulting financial fragility of the utilities severely compromises their attractiveness as trading partners, and has led to a large-scale deterioration of existing infrastructure and inability to finance new infrastructure.
Rigid industry structures, and the entrenched monopolies they sustain, are having a stifling effect on competition. Regional trade is a form of competition. Restructuring of these sectors is vital for regional trade to progress. CMERF aims to empower regulators to provide policy advice and supervision of such reforms that will counter the anti-competitive instincts of entrenched players.
Finally, as each of these changes improves the financial position and economic signals operating in the sectors, regional trade will emerge as a least cost solution to meeting electricity demand. Regulators will be required to facilitate such trade through harmonization of regulations, particularly as they relate to access to the grid and pricing of transmission.
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|Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)|
|Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects|
|Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation|
|During Project Design|
|During Project Implementation|
Consulting requirements will include a total of 47 person-months of domestic consultant time to collect and verify numerical data and facts; and
12 person-months of international consultant time to supervise domestic consultants, analyze data in the context of international best practice in economic regulation, and prepare the reports. Three studies to be funded under this RETA
A. Designing and approving efficient and Adequate Tariff Structures Appropriate to Different Consumer Categories, and involving lifelines, reliability premiums, discounts for prepayment, and/or wattage limitations, participating country: Tajikistan
(person months are in parentheses)
International energy economist (3)
Domestic Tajikistan power sector specialist (5)
Domestic survey design expert (1)
4 domestic enumerators for 1 month each (4)
B. Possibilities and Pitfalls in Privatizing Distribution Company management
Team leader-international economist/regulatory/public-utilities specialist (4)
International legal expert (1)
Domestic Kyrgyz Republic power sector specialist (5)
Domestic Mongolia power sector specialist (5)
Domestic Azerbaijian power sector specialist (2)
Domestic Kazakhstan power sector specialist (2)
C. Costs and Input Requirements of Power Utilities across Member Countries
One international consultant (power engineer) working for 4 person-months will be required.
Domestic consultants in each member country each working for 3 person-months (21 person-months total) will be required to collect data.
|Responsible ADB Officer||Byambasaikhan, Bayanjargal|
|Responsible ADB Department||Central and West Asia Department|
|Responsible ADB Division||Transport and Communications Division, CWRD|
Asian Development Bank
6 ADB Avenue,
Mandaluyong City 1550, Philippines
|Concept Clearance||10 Mar 2005|
|Fact Finding||03 Feb 2005 to 21 Mar 2005|
|Approval||03 Nov 2005|
|Last Review Mission||-|
|PDS Creation Date||28 Feb 2006|
|Last PDS Update||27 Aug 2007|
|Approval||Signing Date||Effectivity Date||Closing|
|03 Nov 2005||-||03 Nov 2005||30 Nov 2006||31 Aug 2007||-|
|Financing Plan/TA Utilization||Cumulative Disbursements|
|500,000.00||242,800.00||0.00||0.00||0.00||0.00||742,800.00||03 Nov 2005||669,165.25|
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|Title||Document Type||Document Date|
|Establishment of the CAREC Members Electricity Regulators Forum||TA Completion Reports||Feb 2008|
|Establishment of the CAREC Members Electricity Regulators Forum||Technical Assistance Reports||Nov 2005|
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