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March 1, 2013

Concessions and their Regulation in the Different Network Industries

The use of concession agreements to provide public services in the different network industries has been growing over the past decades around the world, mainly as a way to facilitate private investment. Motorways, seaports, water and sewage, among other sectors, have gained experience in the use of these instruments and some important lessons have been learned. The articles in this issue highlight some of the most relevant considerations in the use of concession contracts, their advantages and disadvantages compared to the traditional public provision, the implications for institutional design, the way of dealing with new investments during the contract period, […]
December 1, 2012

Consumer participation and Regulation process

Over the past three decades the main infrastructure industries are becoming significantly liberalized. Market liberalization is a complex process and many challenges are emerging. One of them is related to consumer participation as democratization of the regulatory process. The new governance paradigm stresses the importance of the involvement of all stakeholders in regulatory decision making. Democratisation of the regulation of infrastructures assumes a regular dialogue between users, service providers, professional organisations and the Government. Mechanisms should be put in place in order to ensure that collective interests of consumers as end users are adequately represented in the decision-making fora where […]
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