Tuesday, 26 February 2013 18:06 | Written by Pura | | |
11th February 2013
Capacity Building: Four PURA staff return from the 33rd International Training Program on Utility Regulation and Strategy held in Florida from the 14th – 25th January 2013.
The Public Utility Research Center (PURC) at the University of Florida, established in 1972, is sponsored by energy and telecommunications groups in Florida and the Southeast and by the Florida Public Service Commission.
PURC’s goals are;
to provide a neutral forum for the exchange of ideas,
to undertake public policy research in the energy, telecommunications, and water industries,
to serve the university and outside community, and
to enhance student knowledge of and interest in public utilities and regulatory agencies.
Public Utility Research Center is located in Gainesville, Florida, USA and runs an intensive two-week programme twice a year. The programme is collaboration between the World Bank and PURC to enhance the capacity of regulators in all fields (economic, technical, and policy skills) required to design and manage sustainable regulatory systems for infrastructure sectors. The program provides an international forum for the dissemination of relevant best practices and research. Fifty sessions include case studies, practical exercises, and panel discussions with leading experts and international faculty.
In recognition of its important role in international training, PURC received the World Bank’s President’s Award for Excellence in 2002 for “outstanding support and partnership” provided to infrastructure regulators. PURC was the first organization outside of the World Bank to receive the award. PURC remains on the forefront of issues that confront the energy, telecommunications, and water industries and performs a constructive role in developing methodologies that improve decision-making in the regulatory process.
PURA has been participating in PURC since its inception 2006. This year, four staff were sent to participate in the 33rd Utility programme run by PURC. The program hugely broadened their knowledge on utility regulation and the general principles in energy, telecoms and water regulation. It also provided an opportunity to know and share practical experiences with other participants and see things from a different perspective. The involvement of industrial experts was critical to the success of the programme and they brought practical experience. The use of case studies through the sessions helped to easily understand the issues using real life situations.
‘'Regardless of the intense nature of the programme, every regulator must endeavour to attend this program as it undoubtedly equips regulators with the vital skills and knowledge necessary for the effective and efficient regulation of utilities’'' PURA Staff