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ome of the water and wastewater utilities in the Arab region have been going through various reform and restructuring initiatives to improve operational performance, extend services, and advance management systems. The reform debate extended beyond shapes and structures to address business practices including autonomy, recovery of costs, corporate governance, and performance management; ACWUA will cease the opportunity through its Best Practices conferences platform and employ the topic of utilities reform in the 4th Best Practices Conference.

Conference key themes:

1. The paradigm shift in managing water utilities 2. Challenges prohibiting a successful utility reform 3. Capacity building in water utilities reform 4. Best practices in water utilities reform

The list of topics: • Water sector reform • Autonomy • Commercialization • Performance Contracting • Management Contracts • Private Sector Participation • Public-Private-Partnership • Public-Public-Partnership • Capacity building & organizational development

ACWUA Best Practices conference does not only provide an opportunity to enhance communication flows, synergies and the sharing of successful experiences, but as well, it will facilitate the creation of new partnerships that complement and maximize the impact of ongoing work in this sector for the benefit of all countries in the region.

• Triggers for water utilities reform • Utilities reform and customers satisfaction • Regulatory & institutional framework for utilities reform • Accountability • Water operators partnerships • Financing and subsidies • Utility governance • Economic regulations • Laws & regulations to achieve utility reform • Regulations & the social policy • Reform vs. Efficiency • Pros & cons for water utilities reform

Conference Themes and Topics

This year focus area will be Water and Wastewater Utilities Reform: Changes and Challenges

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• Pro poor-utilities reform • Reform requirements for Urban vs. Rural communities • Role of benchmarking in regulating water utilities


Invitation to submit a paper

Papers are expected to make an original and substantial contribution to the conference themes and topics. Speakers who are interested in presenting a paper should send an abstract for refereeing. Paper proposals will be selected by the conference scientific committee to cover different areas, methods, approaches and positions.

CONFERENCE REGISTRATION FEES ACWUA 4th Best Practices Conference

$400 per person

Discounts Valid till the 15th of November 2011 ACWUA members $350 per person Discounted fee for ACWUA members Discounted fee for groups of ACWUA members $315 per person (For groups of minimum 4 from the same company) Non ACWUA members Discounted fee for groups of non ACWUA members (for groups of minimum 3 from the same company)

$350 per person

Registration fees include: Attendance at the sessions, conference material, entry to the exhibition, 2 days lunches, 2 days morning and afternoon coffee breaks and one Gala Dinner.

EXHIBITION SPACE PRICE

Minimum Space: 6 Sqm - Each Sqm (with Shell Scheme): $350 - Each Sqm (without Shell Scheme): $300 Shell Scheme Stands include: 1 table, 2 chairs, spotlights, electricity connection, name panel (with company name displayed in English)

Arab Countries Water Utilities Association

ACWUA’s 4th Best Practices Conference Water and Wastewater Utilities Reform “Changes and Challenges” 7-8 December 2011 Sharm Al Sheikh, Egypt

ENQUIRIES

Technical and Scientific Program: bpconference@acwua.org General Information & Registration: Tel: 00-962-6-461 7934 Admin1@lawrenceconferences.com Arab Countries Water Utilities Association Umm Umarah Street 19/A Alrasheed Area P.O.Box 962449, 11196 Amman, Jordan Tel: 00962-6-5161700, FAX: 00962-6-5161800 www.acwua.org/events/conference Organizers Partners & Supporters

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