Capacity Building Workshop on Partnerships for Improving the Performance of Water Utilities in the Asia and Pacific Region
25 Jul 2006 - 27 Jul 2006
Bangkok, Thailand

Workshop Summary

The United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Division for Sustainable Development (UNDESA/DSD) organized a capacity building workshop for the senior water utility managers of the Asia and Pacific Region. The workshop was held at the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) at Meeting Room A, level 1, United Nations Conference Centre (UNCC). It served as a forum for sharing country-specific knowledge and experiences about the nature and extent of policy and institutional reforms implemented in public utilities of various countries, and their impact on improving the performance of utilities.

The 13th session of the Commission on Sustainable Development emphasized the need to strengthen the capacities of water utilities to meet the challenge of service expansion and efficient delivery of services. This workshop will contribute towards the implementation of the global water and sanitation agenda.

The workshop focused on five interlinked themes.
  • issues and challenges in urban water supply;
  • strengthening partnerships between regulators and operators;
  • making water utilities financially sustainable;
  • improving the performance of public water utilities; and
  • launching the water operators’ partnership.

The workshop was an important step forward in helping the managers of public water utilities acquire expertise in: implementing institutional and policy reforms; strengthening institutional governance and accountability; formulating capacity building plans for the public utilities; and developing and administering partnerships among water operators. Such expertise will enable the public utilities to become more efficient, responsive to their clients, commercially astute and financially solvent. Moreover, this meeting served as a vehicle for raising awareness about the progress being made and the way forward. Results of this workshop will lead to improved south-south cooperation, especially among water utilities.
Statements & Presentations

Number of statements/presentations: 41

Utility Case Studies
Arasu Sivaraman, Public Utilities Board Singapore
Desalination and Ulu Pandan Newater Dboo Projects - PUB's Experience
Hedayetullah Al-Mamoon, Managing Director, Dhaka WASA, Bangladesh
Water Utility Services in Dhaka City: Present and Future
Mazhar Ali Khan, Department of Public Health, Punjab, Pakistan
Pro-Poor Initiatives in Water Supply and Sanitation by Government of Punjab
Mohammed Osman Amin, Chittagong Water and Sewerage Authority (CWASA), Bangladesh
Status of Water & Sanitation Services in Chittagong Water Supply and Sewerage Authority, Bangladesh
N.C. Muniyappa, Bangalore Water Supply and Sewage Board, India
Improving the performance of Public Water Utilities: A case study of Bangalore
P.B. Ramamurthy, Karnataka Urban Water Supply and Drainage Board, Bangalore, India
Improving the Performance of Public Water Utilities: A case study of Urban water supply systems in Karnataka state
Pan Anjun, Beijing Water Authority, China
Water Management in Beijing
S.R.J.R. Senanayake, National Water Supply & Drainage Board (NWS&DB), Sri Lanka
Comprehensive Proposal for Institutional Development for the National Water Supply and Drainage Board (NWSDB)
Tian Qi, Ministry of Water Resources, China
Providing Sustainable Water Services to Cities: The Chinese Experience
Wutichai Rangsiyawath, Metropolitan Waterworks Authority (MWA) Bangkok, Thailand
Metropolitan Waterworks Authority: Bangkok Water Supply Improvement Projects
Public Utility Partnership Experiences
Abdelali I Zerouali, African Water Association
Providing Water and Sanitation Services to Urban Poor in Africa Region
Mohd Zin Othman, Ranhill Water Services, Malaysia
Capacity Building Workshop on Partnerships for Improving the Performance of Water Utilities in the Asia and the Pacific Region
Vibhu Nayar, Tamil Nadu Rural Water Supply Programme, India
Democratisation of Water Management: The Tamilnadu Experiment - Improving Service Delivery
Vibhu Nayar, Tamil Nadu Rural Water Supply Programme, India
Democratisation of Water Management: Establishing a Paradigm Shift in Water Sector - The Tamil Nadu Experiment with Governance Reform
Visoth Chea, Phnom Penh Water Supply Authority, Cambodia
Performances Improvement: Phnom Penh's Experience
Thematic Presentations
Andre Dzikus
Water for Asian Cities: Issues and Challenges in Urban and Peri-Urban Areas
Antonio Miranda
Institutional Framework for Improving the Performance of Water Operators
Antonio Miranda
Water Operators Partnerships – WOPs
Batdelger Luuzan
Water Supply & Sanitation Services, the Poor & Public–Private Partnerships
Christel Rose
Hyogo Framework of Action (HFA): Building the Resilience of Nations and Communities to Disasters 2005-2015
David Boys, Public Services International
Partnership with the Workers; A Priority for Improving Performance
David O’Connor
A Financial Framework for Water Utility Management
Gerard Payen, Gurria Task Force
Water and Sanitation Services: Enhancing Access to Finance for Local Governments/Operators
Hubert Jenny
Public Private Partnership in the Water Sector: How ADB could help?
Jean-Luc Redaud, ISO/TC224 Secretariat
Service activities relating to drinking water supply systems and wastewater systems
John Pasch
Experiences/Lessons Leaned in Connecting Regulators/Operators to the Urban Poor
Kenzo Hiroki, Inter-regional Adviser
Overview of the Compendium of Actions: United Nations Secretary-General’s Advisory Board on Water and Sanitation
Kulwant Singh
Capacity Building Challenges and Opportunities in Urban Water Management
Le Huu Ti
Tracking the Progress on W&S Goals in the Asia and Pacific Region
M. Aslam Chaudhry
Managing Public Water Utilities for Efficient Service Delivery
Manuel B. Dengo
Introduction of the CSD Partnerships Database
Meera Mehta
Financing Mechanisms and Reforms to Leverage Local Resources
Mikio Ishiwatari, JICA
Water ODA Policy of JICA and its Implementation in Asia
Nadim Mulhem, GTZ
Improving PU Performance in Conflict Affected Areas - JWU Case Study
Niels van Dijk
Innovative Financing Approaches to Water and Sanitation Infrastructure
Sergio Feld
Sustainable Water and Sanitation Services and Poverty Reduction
Sven-Erik Skogsfors, SIWI
Experiences and Lessons Learned in Financing Municipal Water Services
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