In Essential Services and Natural Resources at Risk: Selected Cases of Water Privatization in Asia, JSPMDD looks into the experiences of six countries – Bangladesh, Indonesia, Malaysia, Nepal, Pakistan, and Philippines – in privatizing the water industry. Each case presents the privatization measures, government’s role, policies and laws, the involvement of international financial institutions and the privates sector, struggles and campaigns against privatization and the impacts of privatization on various sectors.
Photo Courtesy of Ratan Bhandari/WAFED
In Essential Services and Natural Resources at Risk: Selected Cases of Power Privatization in Asia, JSAPMDD looks into the experiences of nine countries – Bangladesh, India, Korea, Malaysia, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and the Philippines – in privatizing the electricity industry. Each case presents the privatization measures, government's role, policies and laws, the involvement of international financial institutions and the private sector, struggles and campaigns against privatization and the impacts of privatization on various sectors.
Photo courtesy of Bangladesh Watchdog
MANILA, Philippines - Rising inequality still remains as a long-term problem for the Philippines and the rest of the Asia and the Pacific region, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) president said Wednesday.
"Unfortunately, while the region has made remarkable progress in reducing poverty, the benefits of growth have yet to reach several hundreds of millions of Asians who continue to struggle on less than $1.25 a day," Haruhiko Kuroda said in a press conference marking the start of 45th annual meeting of the bank's board of governors.
Kuroda said the Asian region's economic prospects will be the key focus of the four-day meeting, sharing optimism with regard to the countries' growth momentum.
Today, countries the world over celebrate UN World Water Day 2012, around the themes of water and food security. But for Asia, which wears the face of global hunger and poverty with about two-thirds of the world's 1.3 billion poor people residing in the region, it is not a celebration but rather a clarion call to action and resistance against the increasingly predatory moves of private corporations and the North governments behind them.
Rights campaigners yesterday opposed privatisation of education and healthcare services, saying that privatisation will take these facilities beyond the reach of majority of the population, including the poor.
Instead of privatisation, they demanded an increase in allocation for ensuring education, health, water and electricity for all.
These areas -- food, education and health -- offer scope to make more money, they said.