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Regional: Development of the Pacific Energy Regulators Alliance

Sovereign (Public) Project | 53209-001 Status: Active

The objective of the proposed TA is to promote modern regulation of energy utilities in the Pacific through the development of a regional platform for delivery of capacity-building interventions, the exchange of knowledge and skills, and leveraging of Pacific countries' limited resources to address common challenges. The TA will, in the first instance, elaborate a model for the institutionalization (without prejudice as to eventual legal status) of a Pacific Energy Regulators Alliance, define its administrative and governance structures and scope of activities, determine its resource requirements, and prepare an initial workplan to provide for its sustainability and mechanisms for attraction and management of additional financial resources, including support from other development partners and from members of the Alliance themselves.

Project Details

Project Officer
J. Michael Trainor Pacific Department Request for information
Country
  • Regional
Sector
  • Energy
 
Project Name Development of the Pacific Energy Regulators Alliance
Project Number 53209-001
Country Regional
Project Status Active
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 9868-REG: Development of the Pacific Electricity Regulators Alliance
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 225,000.00
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Regional integration
Drivers of Change Gender Equity and Mainstreaming
Governance and capacity development
Knowledge solutions
Partnerships
Private sector development
Sector / Subsector

Energy / Energy sector development and institutional reform

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Some gender elements
Description

The objective of the proposed TA is to promote modern regulation of energy utilities in the Pacific through the development of a regional platform for delivery of capacity-building interventions, the exchange of knowledge and skills, and leveraging of Pacific countries' limited resources to address common challenges. The TA will, in the first instance, elaborate a model for the institutionalization (without prejudice as to eventual legal status) of a Pacific Energy Regulators Alliance, define its administrative and governance structures and scope of activities, determine its resource requirements, and prepare an initial workplan to provide for its sustainability and mechanisms for attraction and management of additional financial resources, including support from other development partners and from members of the Alliance themselves.

The proposed TA will advance the Alliance's development by assignment of consultants to engage with the Alliance's members, the Secretariat of the Pacific Community, and prospective development-partner contributors to:

(i) elaborate a model for the institutionalization of the Alliance (without prejudice as to eventual legal status);

(ii) define its administrative and governance structures and scope of activities;

(iii) determine its resource requirements; and

(iv) prepare an initial workplan to provide for its sustainability and mechanisms for attraction and management of additional financial resources, including support from other development partners and from members of the Alliance themselves.

Additionally, the proposed TA will demonstrate the tangible value of the creation of a regional platform for knowledge sharing and skills development by hosting one regional training workshop on regulatory fundamentals for the benefit of regulatory body employees and/or policymakers from current and prospective Alliance member countries. The workshop will also be the venue for presentation of consultants' findings and recommendations relating to the Alliance's institutionalization and further development and activities.

Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy Regulation of public utilities in the Pacific, including the electricity sector, remains in its infancy. In most instances, electricity services are provided by state-owned vertically integrated natural monopolies, with sector regulatory decisions being driven by political imperatives on an ad hoc and unpredictable basis. Regulatory and sector governance regimes of this nature, especially in capital-constrained environments that typify countries in the Pacific, do not provide for efficient management of scarce resources, nor deliver satisfactory utility sector development and outcomes. Where countries have stated their desire to attract private investment into the sector to supplement or supplant scarce public resources, a robust and predictable regulatory regime becomes all the more important.
Impact

(i) strong leadership, governance, coordination, and partnerships to effectively overcome coordination, communication, and resource issues;

(ii) improved capacity development, planning, policy, and regulatory frameworks for proper planning and effective policy and regulatory framework to achieve energy security in the Pacific.

Project Outcome
Description of Outcome Better energy-sector regulatory environment in Alliance member countries supported
Progress Toward Outcome
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

Alliance institutional framework defined and operational guidelines agreed and implemented

Capacity of the Alliance members improved

Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)
Geographical Location Regional
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design
During Project Implementation
Responsible ADB Officer J. Michael Trainor
Responsible ADB Department Pacific Department
Responsible ADB Division PAEN
Executing Agencies
Asian Development Bank
6 ADB Avenue,
Mandaluyong City 1550, Philippines
Timetable
Concept Clearance -
Fact Finding 24 Apr 2019 to 24 Apr 2019
MRM -
Approval 15 Nov 2019
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 21 Nov 2019

TA 9868-REG

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
15 Nov 2019 - 15 Nov 2019 31 Jul 2021 - -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
225,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 225,000.00 15 Nov 2019 0.00

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Tenders

Tender Title Type Status Posting Date Deadline
Development of the Pacific Energy Regulators Alliance Firm - Consulting Closed 20 Dec 2019 03 Jan 2020

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