Strategies in Energy Subsidy Reform: Learning from Global Experiences | October 22, 2014 | Presentations

Session 1 | Implementing Energy Pricing Reforms

Setting the Stage Anita M. George, Senior Director, World Bank Group
Welcome Martin Lidegaard, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Denmark
Moderator Ronald Steenblik, Senior Trade Policy Analyst, Trade and Agriculture Directorate, OECD

Chile. Evolution of the government’s attempt to deal with oil price volatility through price insurance and price stabilization schemes; compensation to the vulnerable.

Dr. Vivianne Blanlot, Director, VBS Consultores


European Commission. Producer subsidies for coal; growing move to price carbon among member countries.

Humberto Delgado Rosa, Director for Adaptation to Climate Change and Low Carbon Technology, European Commission


Kenya. Gradual elimination of power sector subsidies followed by re-introduction, and another attempt to eliminate subsidies; attempts to limit fuel price increases through price ceilings and tax cuts.

Frederick Nyang, Ag. Director General, Energy Regulatory Commission



Session 2 | Protecting the Poor and Vulnerable Against Energy Price Increases


Moderator: Elements of Successful Energy Price Reform Strategy

Ruslan Yemtsov, Lead Economist, World Bank Group

Indonesia. Targeted cash transfers, use of smart cards (Bantuan Langsun Tunai targeting 35% of population), and other social welfare programs (health insurance, school operational assistance, rural infrastructure support). Dr. Mohamad Ikhsan Advisor, Vice President, Indonesia
Iran. Cash transfers initially targeted to a high share of the population. Efforts to improve targeting in light of growing inflation and fiscal burden. Ms. Elham Hassanzadeh Research Fellow, Oxford Institute for Energy Studies
Pakistan. Benazir Income Support Program and replication of BISP mode. Analysis of block tariff to protect the poor and vulnerable from energy subsidy reforms. Thomas Walker Economist, Social Protection & Labor, World Bank Group


Session 3 | Building Consensus for Sustainable Energy Subsidy Reform



Scott Vaughan, President & CEO, IISD


Philippines. Political leadership, early planning, communication with a wider audience to build trust

Atty. Jay Layug, Former Undersecretary of Energy


Dominican Republic. Improving service delivery of electricity (call centers to handle costumer complains, gradual reduction of outages duration and frequency)

Mr. Magin Diaz, Deputy Minister, Ministry of Finance


Peru. Sustaining market pricing for Oil and Gas products under pressure from internal stakeholders

Mr. Humberto Campodonico Sanchez, Consultant ECLAC, Ex-Chairman of the Board of Directors of PETROPERU


Altura Partners: Multiple Country Examples. Country experiences on managing political economy challenges

Dr. Simon Commander Managing Partner, Altura Partners



Session 4 | What Type of Support Do Countries Need for Successfully Implementing Reform?

Moderator Joerg Husar, Programme Manager, LAC Region, International Energy Agency
Discussion & Survey Delegates from country governments and representatives of International Institutions

Concluding and Wrap-Up

Dr. Marianne Fay, Chief Economist, Climate Change Group, World Bank Group


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