Belarus Water Sector Framework, 2nd phase - Regionalisation
The Belarusian water sector is currently fragmented having a large number of small municipal water utility companies in most cases owned by the Regions which are unable to utilize economies of scale. The capacity of these companies to properly manage the operation of the facilities at quality level and to undertake the much-needed large reconstruction projects is relatively weak. Their organisational structure and management practices are often suboptimal.
The Ministry of Housing and Communal Services, who is the main regulatory body in the sector, would like to assess the possibilities of regionalising the water operations via merging the individual utility companies on an Oblast level or in another similar way. The Ministry has selected Vitebsk Region as a pilot region for the purposes of this study.
The aim of this study is to help assess the regionalisation opportunities for water utilities in Vitebsk Region and allow the Ministry to assess the possibilities of regionalising at the state level.
In a first step the Viability of Regionalisation versus the “Status-quo” will be assessed on several levels and especially in terms of potential economic benefit. If this approach is deemed viable, then a suitable set up of a regional water company shall be elaborated.
- Overall project management
- Technical and institutional analysis of the status-quo
- Elaboration of regionalization concepts and their technical, legal and institutional analysis
- Quality Control & Quality Assurance