95 articles in Mexico
Therese Nicklasson and Robin Rotman report on progress towards the Millennium Development Goals from the Fourth World Water Forum in Mexico City.
* The campaign against private water took a bizarre turn when 10,000 people showed up to protest against the World Water Forum in Mexico City.
Christopher Gasson raises questions about Mexico City.
* Argentina’s Aguas Santafesinas, ASSA, the new state-owned utility that took over water and sewerage services in the Santa Fe province from France’s Suez, will increase its rates this month.
With investment in the water sector falling below 2% of GDP, and foreign private firms in a rout, there are a lot of reasons to feel pessimistic about the region’s water sector. There are also a lot of reasons to feel the worst is over.
Suez may be leaving Argentina (see story, p14), but it hasn’t given up on Latin America altogether.
The country needs to invest more than $1 billion a year in its water and wastewater sector. Jesus Campos from the Comission Nacional del Agua wants the private sector to help.
Chile’s consumers’ association Odecu is seeking to revoke a water concession awarded to Spain’s Iberdrola, accusing the European company of poor management of the Essal water firm in southern Chile.
A good performance by Agbar means that private sector participation is seen as the way ahead.
The two key financial institutions for Mexico’s water sector, Banobras and the NADB, see lack of expertise rather than money as the main problem.