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Multi-Utilities and Access : Can Private Multi-Utilities Help Expand Service to Rural Areas?

RURAL SERVICES DELIVERY ACCESSIBLE SERVICES PRIVATE ENTITIES CONCESSIONS PUBLIC UTILITY PRICING RURAL WATER SUPPLY RURAL ELECTRIFICATION CROSS-SUBSIDIES CONTRACT FORMULATION MULTI-OPTION FACILITY ACCOUNTING BACKBONE BUSINESS MODELS CONCESSION CONCESSION CONTRACT CONNECTION CONTRACTUAL OBLIGATION CROSS-SUBSIDIZATION DEBT DEVELOPING COUNTRIES ECONOMIES OF SCALE ELECTRICITY ELECTRICITY GENERATION ELECTRICITY SALES ELECTRICITY SECTOR ELECTRICITY SERVICES ELECTRICITY SYSTEMS ELECTRICITY TARIFFS FINANCIAL RESOURCES GENERATION GENERATORS GOVERNMENT INVESTMENTS INFRASTRUCTURE SERVICES INNOVATIONS INTERNATIONAL FINANCE INVENTORY INVESTING INVESTMENT PLANNING LEGAL FRAMEWORK LOCAL MARKETS LOCAL WATER LOWER TARIFFS MAIN URBAN AREAS METERING MUNICIPAL COMPANIES NATIONAL UTILITY NETWORKS PREPAYMENT PRIVATE COMPANIES PRIVATE INVESTMENT PRIVATE OPERATOR PRIVATE OPERATORS PRIVATE PARTICIPATION PRIVATE SECTOR PRIVATE SECTOR PARTICIPATION PUBLIC OFFERING PUBLIC OWNERSHIP RESIDENTIAL CUSTOMERS RURAL COMMUNITIES SERVICE EXPANSION SERVICE PROVISION SERVICE QUALITY SERVICE STANDARDS SHAREHOLDERS SMALL BUSINESS SMALL TOWNS TARGETS TARIFF STRUCTURE TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE TELEPHONE TRANSACTION TRANSMISSION URBAN AREAS URBAN CENTERS USES UTILITIES WATER CONNECTION WATER COVERAGE WATER CUSTOMERS WATER SECTOR WATER SERVICE RURAL SERVICES DELIVERY ACCESSIBLE SERVICES PRIVATE ENTITIES CONCESSIONS PUBLIC UTILITY PRICING RURAL WATER SUPPLY RURAL ELECTRIFICATION CROSS-SUBSIDIES CONTRACT FORMULATION MULTI-OPTION FACILITY
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World Bank, Washington, DC
Africa | Gabon
2012-08-13T14:49:24Z | 2012-08-13T14:49:24Z | 2002-06

In 1997 Gabon awarded the first real concession in Africa, under a contract that introduced coverage targets for expanding service to previously unconnected rural areas. SEEG, the new concessionaire, offers both water and electricity service, with the electricity business cross-subsidizing the less developed water business. Five years on, the concessionaire has performed well in established service areas, often exceeding targets, but has made less progress in more isolated areas. This Note assesses lessons for the design of contracts with incentives for expanding service beyond the immediate circles of major urban centers-and on the potential role of multi-utilities.

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