Jordan: Conclusion of the Policy Dialogue and official Launch of the Report on Governance Challenges to Water PSP

The national Report entitled “Water Governance in Jordan: Overcoming the Challenges to Private Sector Participation” was launched during the Third Workshop of the Water Policy Dialogue in Jordan and in the presence of H.E. Basem Telfah, Secretary General of the Ministry for Water and Irrigation, as well as a wide range of stakeholders, including authorities, utilities, donors, civil society and private sector, in Amman, on 4 June 2014.

The Report provides a diagnostic analysis of the key governance bottlenecks to private sector participation (PSP) in water supply and sanitation services of Jordan along with concrete policy recommendations to overcome them and an Action Plan for their implementation. The findings reflect a broad consensus on the governance challenges faced in the water service sector of Jordan and of the steps needed to deepen the current reform process in three particular areas:

  1. Managing private sector participation in a fiscally constrained environment through appropriate budget processes
  2. Reducing regulatory risk through developing a high-quality water regulatory framework
  3. Engaging stakeholders to secure political and social acceptability of private sector participation

The value added of this technical work lies not only on the fact that it provides a snapshot of the current situation in water services, but also allows, through the Action Plan, to identify where potential overlaps occur in donor-supported initiatives and where gaps remain.

During the Launch, the participants strongly welcomed the conclusions and recommendations from the Report and praised the multi-stakeholder policy dialogue process as a useful coordination tool on water governance initiatives in Jordan. Moreover, concrete suggestions were made by the participants to ensure that the Report has a sustainable impact. Overall the Report was seen as a timely endeavour, aligned with existing and planned policies and programmes, and feeding into a number of current high-level efforts, including the on-going national study on the success of PPPs and the elaboration of the 10 year national framework, both of which are under the leadership of His Majesty, the King of Jordan.

The Report constitutes the tangible outcome of the multi-stakeholder GWP-Med/OECD Dialogue conducted over the past year (2013-2014) in Jordan and of the technical work carried out by a team of OECD experts. Discussions during the two multi-stakeholder Consultation Workshops of the Policy Dialogue held in Amman (23 October 2013 and 5 February 2014), additional contributions received prior and after the workshops as well as direct input during bilateral meetings with key stakeholders have been taken into account.

The Jordanian Water Policy Dialogue was conducted jointly by GWP-Med and the OECD in the framework of the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM) labelled project Governance & Financing for the Mediterranean Water Sector, in close cooperation with the Ministry of Water and Irrigation (MWI) and with the support of the FEMIP Trust Fund of the European Investment Bank (EIB), the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) and the Mediterranean Component of the EU Water Initiative (MED EUWI).

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The Report “Water Governance in Jordan: Overcoming the Challenges to Private Sector Participation” is available on the OECD i-library.