We identified how pharmacists and District Health Boards could work together to reduce healthcare costs in New Zealand. District Health Boards considered spending cuts to reduce the cost of healthcare in New Zealand. This would result in lower dispensing fees, so the Pharmacy Guild of New Zealand hoped to identify additional services that could be purchased from pharmacists to preserve financial viability of pharmacies.
We advised Eastern Caribbean nations on establishing a regional electricity regulator. Island states in the Eastern Caribbean face high electricity costs, but are too small to justify a regulator for each country.
We wrote a report that will help governments scale-up electricity access with privately-financed mini-grids by selecting the appropriate regulatory, contract and subsidy designs. The World Bank identified that although creating mini-grids could accelerate the pace of electrification, information about best practices for regulating mini-grids wasn’t widely available.
Telecommunication company Vodafone and pay-tv company SKY Television wanted to merge. Castalia’s analysis helped convince the Commerce Commission, the competition authority in New Zealand, that the merger was anti-competitive. What are the potential effects on competition when content providers (those who produce programs) and delivery platforms (broadband and mobile services) propose vertical integration? We analyzed the implications and were able to provide a good test of the effects of vertical integration between content and delivery platforms in telecommunications.
Castalia appraised several options to reduce the water shortage in Jamaica’s North Coast and recommended an economically feasible and financially viable project to increase water supply and meet growing demand. Growing demand for water services driven by hotel developments along Jamaica’s North Coast was putting a strain on existing supply systems, leading to water shortages for residents and tourists.
Castalia appraised the Umbulan Springs Bulk Water Supply Project and found that it was economically and financially viable with Viability Gap Funding. We recommended that the IIGF provide a guarantee if the Provincial Government implemented our recommendations that would mitigate the residual Project risks that we identified. The Umbulan Springs Bulk Water Supply Project would increase water access for residents of the East Java Province, but it needed payment guarantee to attract a PPP company. The Indonesian Infrastructure Guarantee Fund (IIGF) would only provide a guarantee if it were satisfied the Project risks were well managed.
We argued that Jamaica’s national electricity utility needed a tariff increase to earn an adequate return on capital. Jamaica’s national electricity utility was not earning an appropriate return on capital, while being exposed to an inadequate level of risk.
We prepared an optimized investment plan for Malawi’s water sector, together with a financing plan Projects in Malawi’s water sector were scattered and largely donor-driven, so the government needed a strategy to prioritize investments.
Castalia helped a client prepare a rationale for freeing up capacity on its Hybrid Fibre Coaxial (HFC) Cable network and incorporating it into the National Broadband Network. Our client, a cable TV company, aimed to create value by enabling its HFC network to form part of a government plan to create a universal fiber network. This could be made possible by switching delivery of TV from HFC to satellite.