IPWA Holding Financial Tools Conference Call Friday

The International Private Water Association (IPWA) will?hold a Financial Tools Taskforce meeting via?conference call this Friday, Dec. 5 from 9:30 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. (EST). The focus of the meeting will be the Caribbean Regional Fund for Wastewater Management (CReW).

The Caribbean Regional Fund for Wastewater Management (CReW) was established in 2011 and seeks to provide sustainable financing for the wastewater sector, support policy and legislative reform, and foster regional dialogue and knowledge exchange among key stakeholders in the Wider Caribbean Region. The four-year project is being funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF).?The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)?are serving as?the co-implementing agencies for the project.
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CReW aims at testing four individual Pilot Financing Mechanisms (PFMs) that will provide innovative financing models for wastewater management projects (in Jamaica, Belize, Guyana, Antigua, Barbados, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras, Panama, Trinidad and Tobago, Saint Lucia, etc.).

Wastewater management projects financed by the PFMs will have the following characteristics:

  • High priority projects for wastewater service providers;
  • High impact in terms of significant improvements or prevention from further deterioration in the quality of coastal waters;
  • Potential to stimulate policy reforms; and
  • Require innovative financial and advisory assistance to bring project financing costs within ratepayers’ ability to pay.

Friday?s presentation will feature two guest speakers ? Brad Johnson and Rodrigo Riquelme.

Brad Johnson is president of Resources Mobilization Advisors, an international consulting firm that facilitates private sector financing for infrastructure projects?in emerging markets.?Johnson has developed infrastructure financing programs for the World?Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank, the Global Environment Facility, the Asia Development Bank, JICA, USAID and private developers.
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Rodrigo Riquelme is a Water and Sanitation Senior Specialist at the Inter-American Development Bank.?He has more than twenty years of experience in analysis, development, and implementation of operational and infrastructure projects within the water sector. Riquelme has worked at different water utilities in Latin America and the United Kingdom?? focused on?operations improvement, planning and infrastructure management.?He has been involved with the development of asset management schemes for infrastructure in Chile and Australia; and has managed municipal solid waste projects which included design, contract development, procurement and construction.
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Please confirm your participation by Thursday morning, Dec. 4, by sending a confirmation email to Kathy Shandling at?kshandling@ipwa1.org.

The presentations along with the AT&T call-in number will be sent out by Wednesday afternoon. All Taskforce participants are connected to the Taskforce meeting by conference call. No travel is?required.
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