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Sustainability and Transformation of Public Utilities in LAC
Contribute to the development and improvement of the electricity service sector in LAC, supporting public utilities improve its sustainability and transformation. In particular, this TC proposes to carry out activities in three work areas: i) database (e.g., Electrorating), ii) menu of solutions (e.g., Toolkit), and (iii) implementation of programs. The type of support proposed includes: (a) diagnosis (governance, rates, technology, financial sustainability); (b) proposal for operational, commercial, technological, and organizational improvements; (c) practical cases and bilateral workshops with companies; (d) creation and repository of information, benchmarking; (e) capacity building; and (f) collaboration with regional entities.

Project Detail



Project Number


Approval Date

May 21, 2020

Project Status


Project Type

Technical Cooperation





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Facility Type


Environmental Classification

Likely to cause minimal or no negative environmental and associated social impacts

Total Cost

USD 200,000.00

Country Counterpart Financing

USD 0.00

Original Amount Approved

USD 200,000.00

Financial Information
Operation Number Lending Type Reporting Currency Reporting Date Signed Date Fund Financial Instrument
ATN/OC-18008-RG Sovereign Guaranteed USD - United States Dollar Ordinary Capital Nonreimbursable
Operation Number ATN/OC-18008-RG
  • Lending Type: Sovereign Guaranteed
  • Reporting Currency: USD - United States Dollar
  • Reporting Date:
  • Signed Date:
  • Fund: Ordinary Capital
  • Financial Instrument: Nonreimbursable

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Implementation Phase
EOI RG-T3686 - Final.pdf
Published Aug. 26, 2022
Documento de CT - Divulgación_34318.pdf
Published Oct. 29, 2020
Other Documents
Published Nov. 12, 2021
Published Nov. 12, 2021
Published Dec. 15, 2021
Plan de Adquisiciones_82905.pdf
Published Oct. 29, 2020
Términos de Referencia_58406.pdf
Published Oct. 29, 2020

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