Program Manager and long-term Privatization Advisor to the Government of Ethiopia and the Ethiopian Privatization Agency (EPA) in a GTZ-funded technical assistance project with lead responsibility for evaluating, preparing, managing, and implementing the conversion of state-owned enterprises through to successful private sector financing and ownership. Primary advisor to the Government in all aspects of strategic orientation of the Privatization Program and respective alignment of direct contributions and assistance of donors thereto.

Policy Advisor to the Government for the commercialization of national utilities, i.e. municipal water service providers, Ethiopian Telecommunications Corporation (ETC), Ethiopian Electrical Power Corporation (EEPCO). In cooperation with EU, advised the Ethiopian Government on modes of commercialization of Ethio-Djibouti Railways. Also advised on the outsourcing of municipal and regional services to private contractors.

In the water sector, reforms were targeting improvements in operational and financial performance of Addis Ababa Water and Sewerage Authority (AAWSA) in cooperation with the Ministry of Water Resources. Training and capacity building measures were covering tariff reforms, sector governance and regulation, as well as operational performance, asset management and management issues. Since the Government of Ethiopia did not allow for private sector participation in water and sewerage service delivery, the strategy revolved around measures for introducing commercialization, corporate culture and for promoting decentralization.

Similarly in the electricity sector, restructuring activities of 2000, which saw comprehensive asset valuations being carried out and a privatization strategy developed, were stopped by the Government in early 2001.

In non-infrastructure sectors, over 200 public enterprises comprising of agro-industrial and agriculture institutions, retail shops, beer and soft drink factories, food processing plants, pharmaceutical industries, public transport enterprises, and hotels were successfully privatized.

2010-2013The two year SUWASA project in Ethiopia assisted the Town of Hawassa to transform its water and sanitation utility, the Hawassa Town Water Supply and Sanitation Services Enterprise, into an efficient and sustainable enterprise functioning under commercially oriented principles. To achieve this, the project supported the development and implementation of a performance agreement based on clear performance indicators and targets, supporting the utility with tools and strategies to implement cost reflective tariffs; to make investment decisions and be held accountable to transparent performance to a board of directors. The reforms in Hawassa were in accordance with the decentralization policy of the Federal Government of Ethiopia’s Ministry of Water and Energy, and the institutional framework for urban water and sanitation service delivery in Ethiopia.