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The government is looking to recover a privatized water utility

The government is looking to recover a privatized water utility. “Tumbes may be incorporated into a government plan to invest 532mn soles (US$160mn) this year to overhaul the country's bankrupt municipal water companies known as EPS, Bruce said. State water regulator OTASS is already operating a dozen of the country's 47 bankrupt EPS. Tumbes is a major fishing and agricultural area that is also home to oil and gas operations, including state oil company Petroperu's Talara oil refinery. (…) The bid to take over another private concession comes after the government previously announced it would develop the US$510mn Chinchero airport project as a state-run venture after scrapping the contract previously awarded to concessionaire Kuntur Wasi.”

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What lies beneath? A critical assessment of PPPs and their impact on sustainable development

This report shows that the last decade has seen a huge increase in the amount of money invested in PPPs in developing countries. This has been driven by economic growth and thus the need for infrastructure development, but also by low interest rates in developed countries which has driven investors to ‘search for yield’ elsewhere. Current estimates indicate that the developing world will experience a new wave of PPPs in the near future. This report looks at the empirical and theoretical evidence available on the nature and impact of PPPs, and analyses the experiences of Tanzania and Peru. It critically assesses whether PPPs deliver on the promises of their proponents and gives concrete recommendations for policymakers.

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