South Asia: CLDP Leads Study Tour on Competitive Power Market

May 7, 2018 - May 11, 2018

From May 7-11, in coordination with the South Africa Department of Energy’s Independent Power Producer (IPP) Office, CLDP led a study tour for delegates from five South Asian countries to Johannesburg and Pretoria to learn about South Africa’s competitive power market and cross-border energy trading in the Southern African Power Pool (SAPP). The IPP Office hosted delegates from Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, and Sri Lanka for sessions on electricity generation planning, tendering and evaluation, power purchase agreements, and credit enhancement, as well as two roundtable discussions with representatives from banks and project developers. Later in the week, the delegates met with Eskom, South Africa’s electricity public utility, as well as lawyers working in the energy sector and representatives of SAPP’s Project Assistance Unit. As governments of South Asian countries seek to increase private sector participation in their energy markets and facilitate cross-border energy trade, the South African experience provides valuable examples and lessons learned. Energy security and competitive energy markets open to private sector participation, including by American companies, are of strategic interest to the U.S. government, and this program marks the culmination of three years of CLDP assistance to South Asian governments on energy issues.

Upcoming Programs

October 21, 2018 - October 24, 2018
October 22, 2018 - October 27, 2018

CLDP in Action

September 24, 2018 - September 25, 2018

On September 24-25, in Manama, CLDP led a workshop and focus group on government tendering in cooperation with the Bahrain Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Tourism (MOICT), Bahrain Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the American Chamber of Commerce in Bahrain, Bahrain Businesswomen Society and several government contracting agencies. The workshop focused on Bahrain’s recent reforms to promote set-aside programs for small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). Such programs aim to set aside a set percentage of public contracts to be awarded exclusively to SMEs. The workshop was the fourth meeting led by CLDP and MOICT, and largely focused on electronic procurement mechanisms and online registry to move forward on the pilot program to promote the use of SMEs in public procurement. In implementing the pilot program, MOICT has considered incorporating many of CLDP’s recommendations, including creating a small business oversight body, online registration system, and online advertising platforms that are similar. While the pilot program is expected to be launched in early 2019 for three government agencies, CLDP expects to continue to provide technical assistance on SME procurement reform to help make small business set-aside programs a reality.

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