The WES team of water experts organised a hybrid Consultation Workshop on 16 March 2023, at the Tulkarm Municipality Meeting Hall in Palestine, during which they presented:
- The results and findings of the rapid review and assessment of the existing institutional and legal framework governing the engagement of the private sector in water services in Palestine.
- The actions recommended for improved billing and collection practices in the pilot Area of Tulkarm municipality, and the conclusions regarding the feasibility of Micro PSP as an option at this stage to improve the financial management of public water services in the country. Good practices on regional/international level and respective improvements on existing practices were also stated.
Following the above presentations, the WES experts discussed the recommended improvements to procedures of billing and collection, as well as the main challenges and requirements for possible implementation of a Micro PSP approach, with more than 70 participants representing the Palestinian Water Authority, Ministry of Local Government, Ministry of Finance, Tulkarm Municipality being the pilot area, Water Sector Regulatory Council, EU delegation in Palestine and private sector.