PURC/World Bank International Training Program on Utility Regulation & Strategy

The International Training Program on Utility Regulation and Strategy, scheduled each January and June in Gainesville, is a collaboration between PURC and The World Bank.

43rd PURC/World Bank International Training Program on Utility Regulation and Strategy

January 15 – 26, 2018
Gainesville, FL

The international training program is an intensive, two-week course specifically tailored to the professional requirements of utility regulators and regulatory staff. The course is designed to enhance the economic, technical, and policy skills required for implementing policies and managing sustainable regulatory systems for infrastructure sectors.

Everyone attending our January 2018 program will not only leave with a Certificate of Completion for the PURC/WB International Training Program on Utility Regulation and Strategy, but will also have the opportunity to earn an additional certification: Our new PURC Certification Training Course for PPP Foundations will be included in our January 2018 course. This certification accredited by APMG is the only globally recognized PPP credential. So you will be among the first in the world to achieve this professional distinction.

Each program encompasses more than 50 sessions that include case studies, practical exercises and panel discussions with leading experts and international faculty.

You will learn:

  • Why countries are reforming their utility sectors and the basic approaches
  • How competition affects tariff rebalancing, cross-subsidization, and funding of social obligations
  • How to conduct price reviews
  • How to determine the cost of capital and assess the projects, particularly in countries with scarce or unreliable cost information
  • What incentive rules promote competition, efficiency, and innovation
  • What the effective regulatory strategies are for monitoring performance and enforcing compliance
  • Where competitive forces can be introduced or strengthened
  • What the key considerations are in rate design
  • What the key considerations are for the establishment and functioning of regulatory institutions
  • How the regulatory process can promote legitimacy and credibility of regulatory decisions

Program Fees

US $7,200 for utility regulators
US $8,400 for staff from private or public infrastructure companies

The fee includes the following:

  • Program tuition
  • Living accommodations for 13 nights (arrival Sunday, January 14 and departure Saturday, January 27)
  • Daytime meals Monday – Friday, including breakfast, refreshment breaks and lunch
  • Welcome Reception Sunday January 14, Dinner Social Tuesday January 16, and Closing Awards Dinner Friday January 26
  • Reading and classroom material
  • Campus tour and transportation to local shopping area
  • Basic Economic Training (January 14, 2:00pm – 5:30pm)
  • Plant visit(s)

PURC training is part of a package of programs that support the creation and training of infrastructure regulators. The World Bank, through the Private Provision of Public Services group, provided seed money to PURC in 1996 and continues to collaborate by providing speakers and marketing assistance.

The National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) is an official promoter of the PURC/World Bank International Training Program on Utility Regulation and Strategy.

Past International Training Programs

Since 1997, utility regulators, policy-makers and infrastructure managers around the world have traveled to Gainesville, Florida to participate in the PURC/World Bank International Training Program on Utility Regulation and Strategy.

3322 world-wide graduates since 1997, from 154 nations

44th PURC/World Bank International Training Program: June 11 – 22, 2018

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January 27, 2018

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  • Ian Flemming
    Cost & Profitability Manager
    Telecommunications Services of Trinidad & Tobago

  • Alfred Mwila
    Director Economic Regulation
    Energy Regulation Board, Zambia

  • Haliru Dikko
    Deputy General Manager - Tariff & Rates Regulation
    Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC)

  • Sifiso Masina
    HOD: Petroleum Pricing & Tariffs (PPT)
    National Energy Regulator of South Africa (NERSA)

  • Martin Untiedt
    Senior Engineer
    National Energy Regulator of South Africa (NERSA)

The World Bank Award

The World Bank presented a Certificate of Recognition to PURC during the 13th International Training Program on Utility Regulation and Strategy for "outstanding support and partnership provided to Supporting Infrastructure Regulators Team for the year 2002." Each year, the president of The World Bank recognizes two or three groups within the Bank with an "Award for Excellence." The projects associated with the award are typically Bank-lending operations that pioneer some new methods of accomplishing program goals. In 2003, The World Bank included a set of rather non-traditional projects, initiatives that include the PURC/World Bank International Training Program, which has been presented twice yearly in Gainesville since 1997.


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