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Economic regulators conference planned for 2014

The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa), in collaboration with the Centre for Competition, Regulation and Economic Development (CCRED) of the University of Johannesburg, will be convening the second South African Economic Regulators Conference on 18 − 19 March, 2014 in Johannesburg, South Africa. This follows the success of the first South African Economic Regulators Conference which was held in August 2012.

The conference, which will provide a platform for debate on key issues in the field of economic regulation, aims to attract a wide range of participants from academia as well as from the energy, water, communications, financial services, ports and transport sectors. Cross-cutting issues relating to competition, consumer protection and regulated industries will also be covered.

The overall theme of the conference is “Economic Regulation in Africa: How can economic regulators best facilitate infrastructure expansion?”

The themes in this discussion include:

  • Regulating market entry into markets with entrenched dominant firms/natural monopoly.
  • Rates of return for infrastructure- risk and reward balance.
  • Funding infrastructure expansion and impact of regulation and legislation on capital investment in infrastructure.
  • Tariffs and pricing.
  • Competition without privatisation.
  • Should the regulatory dispensation for airports, energy, harbours, transport, telecommunications and water be the same?
  • Issues with regulation, increased participation and inclusive growth.
  • Benchmarking infrastructure operation.
  • Human resources requirements for regulators.
  • Regulatory processes and powers in making and enforcing a regulatory decision.

Interested parties are invited to contribute to this discussion by submitting abstracts on thought provoking and innovative topics, in line with the conference theme, for inclusion in this conference. Presenters will be required to register for the conference, but there will be no costs for the registration.

In recognition of the best papers presented, awards will be presented to the authors of these papers as selected by an independent panel in line with criteria related to the demonstrated rigour of research, impact on economic regulation and other criteria as specified in the call for papers.

For further information on the conference and for the guidelines on the submission of papers, please refer to the link here. The deadline for submissions is 15 November 2013.