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REPORT
Participants Evaluation of the Conference
Strategies for Sustainable Regulation - Competing Forces, Depleting Resources
25th and 26th May 2009

Venue:
Best Western Premier Seri Pacific, Kuala Lumpur

NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS: 20

RESPONDENTS OF EVALUATION: 19

COURSE FEE: RM 1,000.00

PROFILE OF CONVENERS:

  1. Dr Sanjivi Sundar is currently NTPC Professor in Regulatory Studies in the TERI School of Advanced Studies and a distinguished Fellow at The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI). He brings to bear knowledge of both economics and law in addressing regulatory issues. He was the lead author of a TERI book Framework of Independent Regulation and was a Distinguished Visiting Professor at the Faculty of Law, University of Toronto.
     
  2. Mr Shahid Hasan is currently the Associate Director at TERI. In 2005, he headed a team of experts, advising the Energy Commission of Malaysia on electricity pricing and tariffs of Peninsular Malaysia and on the Grid Code and Distribution Code for Peninsular Malaysia in 2007. He has co-authored a book titled Privatization of Electricity Distribution: The Orissa Experience and has a number of publications to his credit. He is currently serving as Senior Member of the Institution of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc. and is a member of the State Advisory Committee of Haryana and Punjab Electricity Regulatory Commission.
     

ANALYSIS OF PARTICIPANTS’ EVALUTION

CONVENERS
To what degree do you feel the convener has contributed to achieving the objectives of the course?

Out of 19 participants who gave their responses, 11 found the speakers’ planning and preparation for the seminar above average (4 marks) while 5 gave top marks (5). The other 3 rated this at 3 marks.

More than 50% thought the speakers’ knowledge on the topic was excellent (5 marks) while 7 participants gave 4 marks for this. For the speakers’ method of presentation and interactions with participants, and relevance to participants’ needs, as well as overall seminar presentation; participants gave an average of 4 points for each segment.

With a general above average score of 4 and 5 marks overall, clearly the conveners have contributed well to achieving the course objectives.

To note are two areas that may need addressing:

  • 1 mark and 3 marks for the speakers’ interaction with the participants given by two respondents respectively. Knowledgeable and Livelier speakers?
     
  • The issue of course relevance to participants’ needs have to be addressed as this was the only area that did not score 5 marks.

Comments to note under this section are:

  1. The speaker is sometimes too technical (energy @ day 2) and monotonous to follow.
     
  2. Addressing question 4: Participant did not see the relevance of the course to his/her work.
     
  3. Please photocopy 2 slides per page. 3 slides per page are too cramped.
     
  4. The speakers were very knowledgeable. It was very helpful to give a broad understanding of sustainable development in different areas and regulation issues. Thank you.

 
PARTICIPANTS’ TAKE AWAY FROM THE CONFERENCE

  1. Regarding overall workshop experience, 9 participants (47%) rated their overall workshop experience as Very Good, with 3 participants rating theirs as Excellent and 7 others giving it a Satisfactory rating.
     
  2. As for meeting the participants’ expectations, 10 participants (53%) found that their expectations of the programme were Partially Met while 6 (31%) wrote that their expectations were Completely Met and 3 participants (16%) found that the programme Exceeded their expectations.
     
  3. In terms of the programme impacting their way of thinking about, or perspective on, the issues discussed, 12 participants (63%) said that it had Substantial impact, with 2 participants saying that the programme had a Significant impact.
     
  4. Almost all participants 17 (89%) agreed that they had acquired new information, skills and/or ideas to apply to their work from this programme. In the case of two more: one said No and one marked Not Sure
     
  5. As to whether the programme conducted a thorough critical analysis of pertinent issues 12 of the participants said Yes (63%). However, 1 participant said No, while 5 said Not Sure.

It is important that questions 7 and 10 had the most spread out responses as these were about the expectations of participants who found it hard to make the link between the topics presented with their work and with pertinent issues. Therefore the following comments relate.

  • The focus is more on depleting resources, environmental impact, etc rather than on the strategies for sustainable regulation or on how to improve relationships between the regulator and operator. (respondent marked expectations were Partially Met).
     
  • Could also incorporate the “how” element for regulation.
     
  • Well run programme though not as relevant to my work as expected. Professionally run. Well done. (respondent marked expectations were Partially Met).
     
  • The programme was good in that the TERI speakers were very knowledgeable but if we could run through real case studies – with numbers and analyses (to show how businesses and regulations have changed tack/operations) – it would be great. (respondent marked expectations were Partially Met)
     
  • I think that this kind of workshop should have more working group sessions in order to discuss more relevant issues among policy makers, regulators as well as the industries.
     
  • Expand the issue, not only the scope on energy but others as well, since we have 25 Ministries which look into various sectors i.e., Agriculture, Trade, Health, Education.

 
CONCLUSION

Generally the conference was a great success with mostly above average marks for conveners, programme structure and impact on its participants in their way of thinking, new perspectives, fresh information, ideas and skills that can be applied to their line of work. Many of the participants opined that this was a new and vast topic and agreed that more of such courses should be carried out to raise awareness on regulation, especially in industries, and ultimately to bring about a push for sustainable development in all areas of industry, governance and civil society.

 
GENERAL NOTE:

Participants of the conference comprised middle to high level managers from the aviation industry, regulatory bodies, government agencies and ministries, energy and transportation industry as well as non-governmental organizations.




Report prepared by Mohala Santharamohana,
Programme Manager, UMCoRS
2 June 2009