Modeling Macro-Critical Energy Sectors in Low-Income Countries : A General Framework and an Application to Côte d’Ivoire

Author/Editor:

Holger Fabig

Publication Date:

June 1, 2008

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Summary:

This paper proposes a general framework for monitoring macro-critical energy sectors in low-income countries, defined as consisting of the three subsectors of crude oil and natural gas production, refinery, and electricity production. It aims to derive consistent information on physical and financial flows in the sector, including on interlinkages between the subsectors. It then applies this framework to Côte d'Ivoire. While being an important source of growth, the Ivoirien energy sector is found to have important shortcomings, in particular as regards transparency, efficiency and contribution to fiscal revenue. Among the key problems are partially intransparent production sharing arrangements for hydrocarbon production, price distortions for natural gas, administered prices for refined petroleum products, underfunding and lack of investment in the electricity sector, and inefficient government subsidies in the latter two subsectors.

Series:

Working Paper No. 08/156

Subject:

Frequency:

Annually

English

Publication Date:

June 1, 2008

ISBN/ISSN:

9781451870145/1018-5941

Stock No:

WPIEA2008156

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$18.00 (Academic Rate:$18.00)

Format:

Paper

Pages:

30

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