Fitch Ratings invites you to their January 26 Sovereign Hotspots conference in New York. The focus will be on Latin America, Turkey, Russia & CIS and Latin American Energy. And its free.
Juan Ferrero's article in today's New York Times discusses the poor results of water privatization and nationalization in Bolivia, as well as the country's turbid future as it struggles to reform.
Part of oil companies’ windfall profits should be used to cushion the impact of high oil import bills on African economies, the African Development Bank’s new president proposed on Monday.
France’s conservative government has finally given the go-ahead for the partial privatisation of EDF. Some 15% of the vast company—the world’s biggest generator of nuclear power—is set to revert to private ownership in the next few days.
Jordan Schwartz and Mukami Kariuki have just published an excellent new paper on small-scale private service providers (SPSPs) of water and electricity – including some great figures, maps and datasets.
Garry Emmons hypothesizes that skyrocketing demand might make water, not oil, the century’s most essential resource – and that the private sector will play a key role in its delivery and treatment.
Our latest Viewpoint highlights recent trends in private sector participation in infrastructure. All in all, flows increased by a welcome 12% in 2004, though this growth was mostly limited to the telecommunications sector. Greenfield projects also continued to be the main mode of entry. Perhaps the most interesting story is the increasing importance of sponsors from emerging markets.
The Asian Development Bank has released an updated version of their 2005 Asian Development Outlook - originally released last April. This new version projects regional GDP to grow by 6.6% this year, slightly up from their original 6.5% prognostication. The highlight is an entire new section dedicated to the challenge of higher oil prices in a region of both energy guzzlers and net exporters.
MIGA has published a new series of briefs outlining the investment challenges in 10 different global sectors.