Indonesia: Court annuls water privatisation contracts of Suez & Aetra over negligence in providing access to water for Jakarta residents


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10 April 2015

Suez will fight to keep its Jakarta water contract

Author: Geert De Clerck, Reuters

France's Suez…will fight a court decision that annulled its Jakarta drinking water concession and has blamed water problems in the Indonesian capital on lack of investment and frozen tariffs...Marie-Ange Debon, head of international operations at Suez, said the…contract has not been suspended by the court…because the companies will appeal."…[W]e will appeal in the first instance and at a higher level if necessary. The story is far from over," she said…Losing the Jakarta contract, which accounts for about a sixth of Suez's Asia revenue, means losing a foothold in one of South-East Asia's biggest countries...[Debon] said lack of investment made it harder for water companies to meet targets for reducing leakage and boosting connections. [She] said the citizens' group lawsuit targeted not only the water firms but also the Indonesian authorities. "It is a court action against private operator participation in general," she said. [Also refers to Veolia]

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24 March 2015

Jakarta court cancels world's biggest water privatisation after 18-year failure

Author: Public Services International

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