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Turning off the Lights

By Stephen Thomas,Iromi Ruana Rajepakse
ISBN: 9781853395949
This book explains the background to the GATS negotiations and the international context across the globe, and looks in detail at the case of Sri Lanka, just embarking on the liberalization of its electricity sector, and will provide valuable ammunition to campaigners for a fairer approach to GATS, and to energy policy planners and researchers
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  • Synopsis
    The World Trade Organization's General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS) could threaten services and projects specifically aimed at or managed by poor communities. This book explains the nature of that threat, taking community-run electricity schemes in Sri Lanka as an example. It will help to galvanize support for a pro-poor agenda in future negotiations by illustrating the dangers if the concerns of poor communities are not taken into account. Twenty years of privatization and liberalization have weakened poor communities throughout the developing world, while strengthening business and the private sector. Civil society groups and service user groups have struggled to ensure that their legitimate concerns are heard. Now international pressure through the GATS negotiations could threaten the survival of even those projects which have focused on poor communities, such as off-grid micro-hydro power schemes which are widespread in Sri Lanka. This book explains the background to the GATS negotiations and the international context across the globe, and looks in detail at the case of Sri Lanka, just embarking on the liberalization of its electricity sector. Turning Off the Lights will provide valuable ammunition to campaigners for a fairer approach to GATS, and to energy policy planners and researchers. About the Authors: Stephen Thomas is a senior research fellow at the University of Greenwich. He has researched widely in energy policy and planning. Iromi Ruana Rajepakse is a lawyer specializing in public, civil and labour law. She is the author of An Introduction to Law in Sri Lanka.
  • Table of Contents
    Acronyms
    Executive summary
    List of Boxes and Tables
    Introduction
    Problems with the conventional electricity sector in Sri Lanka
    Resources and consumption
    Organization
    The planning process and government policy
    Problems with the electricity sector
    Rural electrification and non-traditional energy resources in Sri Lanka
    The Sri Lanka electrification programme
    Non-traditional energy resources in Sri Lanka
    Reforms to the Sri Lankan electricity industry
    The proposals
    The British Model and its suitability for developing countries
    Critique of the proposals
    Stimulating investment in Sri Lanka’s electricity industry
    The World Trade Organization and the GATS negotiations
    The World Trade Organization
    Progress on offers and requests
    General arguments on the GATS
    The Cancún Summit and subsequent developments
    Conclusions
    The GATS
    The Sri Lankan electricity system
    The GATS and the Sri Lanka electricity system
    Appendix 1: Retreat of multinational electric companies
    US companies
    European companies
    Appendix 2: Information on the WTO and GATS
    Appendix 3: Perceptions of the Sri Lankan electricity industry
    The planning process
    Consumer perceptions of the problems
    The Reforms
    Rural electrification
    Appendix 4: The CEB generation plan – 2002-2016
    Appendix 5: Examples of operating micro-hydro projects
    Kithulritiella Village micro-hydro project, Perupalla, Maliboda, Daraniyagala
    Thanthrikanda Village hydro project, Thanthrikanda, Miyanawita, Daraniyagala
    Veediyawatta Village hydro project, Daraniyagala
    Appendix 6: The Cancún negotiations
    Notes and references
  • Details
    Sub Title N/A
    Author Stephen Thomas,Iromi Ruana Rajepakse
    Editor No
    Number of Pages 48
    Format Paperback / softback
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