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.
48th PURC/World Bank International Training Program on Utility Regulation and Strategy
IMPORTANT MESSAGE: Due to the global impact of the COVID 19 virus and the increasing travel difficulties, it is with our greatest regret that we cancelled the June 8 – 19, 2020 and January 11 – 22, 2021 offerings of the PURC/World Bank International Training Program on Utility Regulation and Strategy. Applications will soon be available for our next program, tentatively confirmed October 11 – 20, 2021 in Gainesville, Florida.
October 11 – 20, 2021
Program Brochure coming soon
The international training program is an intensive 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.
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
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.
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.
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.