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OECD Studies on Water
Water Governance in Jordan
Overcoming the Challenges to Private Sector Participation
OECD Publishing , Publication date:  25 Jun 2014
Pages: 112 , Language: English
Version: Print (Paperback) + PDF
ISBN: 9789264213722 , OECD Code: 422014171P1
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This report assesses the main governance and financing challenges to private sector participation (PSP) in the water supply and sanitation sector of Jordan, and provides ways forward to address them, based on international experience and OECD compendium of principles and good practices. Using the diagnostic analysis of the governance challenges to PSP in the Jordan water sector (Chapter 1), the report identifies ways forward to overcome bottlenecks focusing on three key pillars (Chapter 2): i) managing public-private partnership in a fiscally constrained environment through appropriate budget processes; ii) reducing the regulatory risks through supporting the development of a high-quality framework; and iii)managing and enhancing stakeholder engagement to improve accountability and buy-in. The report also includes an action plan with concrete measures to implement the recommendations proposed in the report.

The report has been developed as part of a water policy dialogue conducted by the OECD jointly with the Global Water Partnership-Mediterranean (GWP-Med) in the context of the project labelled by the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM) “Governance and Financing for the Mediterranean Water Sector”, with the support of the FEMIP Trust Fund of the European Investment Bank.

Table of contents:

Acronyms and abbreviations 7
Executive summary 9
Assessment and recommendations 11
Chapter 1. Governance challenges to private sector participation in the Jordanian water sector 19
-Institutional roles and capacities: Who does what in relation to water private sector participation in Jordan? 20
-Overview of private sector participation stocks and flows in water infrastructure 25
-Policy, legislative and regulatory framework 30
-Achieving financial sustainability and the link to the budget process 34
-Transparency, accountability and value for money 38
-Annex 1.A1. Perception of some private companies on the governance challenges to private sector participation in the water sector of Jordan 45
-Annex 1.A2. Main institutions in water and private sector participation in Jordan and their organisational structure 47
-Annex 1.A3. Current roles and organisational structure of the Project Management Unit 48
-Annex 1.A4. Performance indicators in the water sector 51
-Bibliography 51
Chapter 2. Ways forward: Improving financial sustainability, the regulatory framework and stakeholders’ engagement 57
-Improving the budget processes and strengthening financial sustainability 58
-Improving the regulatory framework for water 63
-Enhancing stakeholder engagement to improve accountability and citizen buy-in 68
-Annex 2.A1. OECD Recommendation on Principles of Public Governance of Public-Private Partnerships 81
-Annex 2.A2. The transfer of risks in public-private partnerships 83
-Annex 2.A3. The public-private partnership procurement process for build-transfer-lease projects (BTL) in Korea 85
-Annex 2.A4. OECD perspective on regulatory framework for water and wastewater services 86
-Bibliography 89
Chapter 3. Action Plan for the Jordanian water sector 91
-Bibliography 101
Annex A. List of stakeholders consulted during the policy dialogue 103
Glossary 107

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