The PURC/World Bank International Training Program on Utility Regulation and 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.

37th PURC/World Bank International Training Program on Utility Regulation and Strategy

January 12–23, 2015
Gainesville, FL

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. They learn problem-solving techniques, and exchange ideas and experiences during an international forum for the dissemination of relevant best practices and research.

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.

The program is a collaborative effort between the World Bank and PURC and is offered each January and June in Gainesville, Florida. 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 $6,700 for utility regulators
US $7,900 for staff from private or public infrastructure companies

The fee includes the following:

  • Program tuition
  • Living accommodations for 13 nights (arrival Sunday, January 11, departure Saturday, January 24)
  • Most meals (Monday-Friday) breakfast, refreshment breaks, lunches, and six dinners
  • Welcome Reception and Awards Dinner
  • Reading and classroom material
  • Campus tour and transportation to a shopping area
  • Basic Economic Training (January 11, 2-5:30 pm)
  • Plant visit

2961 world-wide graduates since 1997, from 152 nations

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The PURC/World Bank International Training of Utility Regulation and Strategy is the best regulatory training that I have ever attended. The two week program covered all critical fields for effective regulation delivered in an interactive manner by extremely competent and experienced facilitators. The diversity of the participants from over 35 countries coming from different regulatory jurisdictions provides a one stop avenue for valuable exchange of ideas. The entire planning, venue, tours, and empathy for participant’s comfort, to me, sets this training program as world class model for all regulators to attend!
Dr. Tony Akah
General Manager, Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC), Nigeria

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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Warrington College of Business Administration
100 BRY
PO Box 117150
Gainesville, FL 32611-7150
Phone: 352.392.2397
Fax: 352.392.2086

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