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.

49th PURC/World Bank International Training Program on Utility Regulation and Strategy

Save the date – June 2022
Specific dates and application coming soon!
Gainesville, FL
Program Brochure

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

Program Fees

  • Program tuition
  • Accommodations for 11 nights (arrival Sunday and departure Thursday)
  • Daytime meals on weekday training days (breakfast, refreshment breaks and lunch)
  • Closing Program Awards Reception Wednesday
  • Reading and classroom material
  • Basic Economic Training (this economic refresher will be delivered virtually via Zoom in advance of the program)

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

PURC receives 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.