Kiribati Critical Utilities Reform project has been established to strengthen the management of the public utilities, improve the delivery of utility services and to deliver selected improvement works in Kiribati. The project has a five-year timeframe, and FCG has been contracted for the first 3 years of the project. The focus of the project are the urbanised areas of South Tarawa and Kiritimati Island. The main project beneficiaries are the Ministry of Infrastructure and Sustainable Energy (MISE), the Public Utilities Board (PUB) and the Ministry of Line and Phoenix Islands Department (MLPID).
The PUB and the MLPID are responsible for delivering electricity, water supply and sanitation services in their respective jurisdictions. The PUB is a State-Owned Enterprise (SOE) and came into effect on 1 August 2013 due to the passing of an Act to amend the State-Owned Enterprises Act. The PUB has an independent Board which appoints a Chief Executive Officer. The PUB Board reports to the Minister for Infrastructure and Sustainable Energy. The MLPID is a Government Ministry with departmental and functional responsibilities.