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Abuja Water Summit Rejects Privatisation Projects

Unions, civil society organisations and allies convened a Water Summit in Abuja on 29-30 January to call a halt to the water privatisation plans being foisted on the government of Nigeria and state governments by the World Bank, by the US Millennium Challenge Corporation and other groups ideologically committed to privatisation and market control.

Abuja Water Summit Rejects Privatisation Projects

Abuja Water Summit Rejects Privatisation Projects. Unions, civil society organisations and allies convened a Water Summit in Abuja on 29-30 January to call a halt to the water privatisation plans being foisted on the government of Nigeria and state governments by the World Bank, by the US Millennium Challenge Corporation and other groups ideologically committed to privatisation and market control. The meeting called on Nigeria’s president and the governor of the state of Lagos to immediately halt all negotiations on privatisation.

Source: PSI

Summit against water privatization gathers in Abuja

Global activists, unionists and human rights advocates will meet in Abuja, on 29-30 January for a national summit that aims at achieving the human right to water in Nigeria and around the world. Participants will come from communities around the world which have been directly impacted by the damages caused by private water industry.

Source: PSI

Japan Enacts a Revised Water Supply Act to all for-profit PPPs

Despite the mounting evidence of the problems of public-private partnerships (PPPs), private concessions, or other forms of turning public water utilities into profit machines for private corporations, the pro-market national government of Japan snuck in a legislative provision to do just that. PSI supports Jichiro, Zensuido and allies opposing water privatisation bill in Japan.

Why privatizing Providence water is a bad idea?

Leading up to the recent election, Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza proposed privatizing the water supply to close the city’s budget gap. Privatizing water is an attractive proposal for urban areas facing budget crises, but it has tremendous risks. J. Michael Denney professor of political science at the University of Massachusetts Boston explains why privatizing Providence water is a bad idea.

Source: peopleoverprof.it

Victory for anti-privatization activists

In a victory for anti-privatization activists, the National Water Commission (Conagua) has postponed the entry into force for six months of the new Conagua Digital system. Several social organizations have denounced Conagua for its plan to “open national waters to massive privatization through the automatic and unconditional granting of concessions” over the internet until they are exhausted.

Mexico City needs more planning for its water system

Jesús Villanueva Manzo, a specialist in engineering and hydraulic infrastructure, says that Mexico City needs more planning for its water system. “He explained that to avoid a possible privatization of water, close wells, treat leaks in the water network, rescue the National Canal, rehabilitate the treatment plant of Cerro de la Estrella and establish a domiciliary program of capture of rainwater,” will only cushion the water problem, not solve it.

Privatization of water should be prohibited by law

Senate President Marti Batres says the privatization of water should be prohibited by law. “The Morena legislator said it is a cyclical issue, given the intention of President Enrique Peña Nieto to grant concessions for the exploitation of water before concluding his mandate, and although they can be revoked by Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador when he assumes government, it is important to establish in law the explicit prohibition of delivering the country's water resources to individuals.”

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