Transparency of power agreements faulted

28 January 2003

The World Bank recently argued that it could not release the Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) of the Nam Theun II dam in Laos because “it is a proprietary agreement and IDA is not at liberty to disclose it without the agreement of the signatories”. This follows an independent analysis of the PPA of the Bujagali dam, Uganda, which was found by Prayas Energy Group to be “not in line with international standards, and to entail massive extra costs for Uganda.” Campaigners are arguing that “if private sponsors seek public support, they must accept the basic principles of public accountability”.