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Private participation in the delivery of Guinea's water supply services

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  • Triche, Thelma

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The Republic of Guinea has recently taken steps to restructure dramatically the urban water supply sector and to rehabilitate operations and improve financial performance. This paper outlines the theoretical arguments that are relevant to the project design, describes the institutional arrangements that were adopted, examines the key provisions of the legal documents, and explains how the major issues that arose during project preparation were addressed. It presents a general economic theory regarding the roles of the public and private sectors in providing public services. The main features and advantages of lease contracts are discussed, and the experience in Cote d'Ivoire with lease contracts and concessions for water supply is summarized. The recent history of the water supply sector in Guinea is also outlined. The paper discusses key features of the new institutional and financial arrangements with particular attention to the lease contractor selection process, the role of IDA funding, key provisions of the legal documents, and the resolution of uncertainties regarding the application of World Bank Group procurement policies to this case.

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  • Triche, Thelma, 1990. "Private participation in the delivery of Guinea's water supply services," Policy Research Working Paper Series 477, The World Bank.
  • Handle: RePEc:wbk:wbrwps:477
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    1. Easter, K. William & Hearne, Robert R. & DEC, 1993. "Decentralizing water resource management : economic incentives, accountability, and assurance," Policy Research Working Paper Series 1219, The World Bank.
    2. Menard, Claude & Clarke, George, 2000. "A transitory regime : water supply in Conakry, Guinea," Policy Research Working Paper Series 2362, The World Bank.
    3. Clarke, George R. G. & Menard, Claude & Maria Zuluaga, Ana, 2002. "Measuring the Welfare Effects of Reform: Urban Water Supply in Guinea," World Development, Elsevier, vol. 30(9), pages 1517-1537, September.
    4. Thierry Buchs, 2005. "Privatization in Sub-Saharan Africa: Some Lessons from Experiences to Date," Microeconomics 0502007, EconWPA.
    5. Kerf, Michel, 2000. "Do state holding companies facilitate private participation in the water sector? evidence from Cote d'Ivoire, the Gambia, Guinea, and Senegal," Policy Research Working Paper Series 2513, The World Bank.
    6. David HEALD, 1992. "How Much Privatization Should There Be In Developing Countries?," Annals of Public and Cooperative Economics, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 63(2), pages 229-269, April.

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