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

February 24, 2020 - February 26, 2020

CLDP in collaboration with the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade of Ukraine and the US Embassy Kyiv, supported the travel of the Government of Ukraine (GOU) delegation to the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA) Committee Meeting that took place on February 24 – 26. The GOU delegation consisted of two Ministry of Economic Development and Trade officials

The GOU participation in the GPA Committee Meeting will ensure Ukraine has a more active role on issues critical to Ukraine’s trade sector; it effectively accomplishes the procedural requirements, carries out the negotiations, and provides answers to questions posed by GPA Committee members, including the United States.

February 24, 2020 - February 26, 2020

On February 26-27, 2020, CLDP organized a workshop on best practices in government procurement for public-private partnerships in Kathmandu, Nepal, as a continuation of its Indo-Pacific portfolio on infrastructure development and finance. In March 2019, Nepal passed a PPP law and designated the Investment Board of Nepal (IBN) as the country’s PPP authority. CLDP’s training aims to build competency of IBN’s staff, as well as that of other Nepali government ministries. Through a series of trainings and capacity-building workshops, CLDP hopes to increase understanding of PPPs among the Nepali government, private sector, and public. 

CLDP in Action

December 12, 2019

On December 12, in Manama, Bahrain, CLDP held a workshop focused on technology transfer for representatives from government, academia, and the startup community. 

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