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Country Assistance Strategy

Background

The Country Assistance Strategy (CAS) is the most important World Bank country document. It is tailored to the needs and circumstances of each country and lays down the World Bank Group's development priorities, as well as the level and type of assistance the Bank will provide for a period of three years.

The CAS preparation is a participatory process. Before its adoption, key elements of the strategy are discussed with government representatives; and to ensure the widest possible involvement, public dialogues are also held, with Internet-based discussions taking place in many countries.

However, the CAS is not a negotiated document. Any differences between the country's own agenda and the Bank's strategy are highlighted in the CAS document. A progress report is issued in the intervening year. More information is available on the OPCS website.

 

Country Assistance Strategy for Chad

 

The World Bank closed its offices in Chad on February 1, 2008, but partially reopened the office as of January 2009 to enable close supervision of the Bank’s portfolio of projects directly benefiting the poor. The Bank has not drawn up a Country Assistance Strategy for Chad since 2004-06. An Interim Strategy Note (ISN) is currently in preparation for the remainder of International Development Association (IDA) grants.

 

Regional Integration Assistance Strategy for Central Africa, 2003 - 2008

Chad receives some Bank assistance through the Regional Integration Assistance Strategy for Central Africa.  The regional strategy includes IDA funding for various technical assistance and infrastructure investments, designed to improve trade links and enhance the economic integration of six Central African countries.  The region is comprised of Chad, the Central African Republic, Cameroon, the Republic of Congo, Equatorial Guinea, and Gabon.

While the ultimate goal of poverty reduction remains primarily a national responsibility, the Bank's regional strategy is based on the premise that regional integration can contribute to poverty reduction by:

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Strengthening the links between the poorer landlocked countries and their more prosperous coastal neighbors ; and

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Helping to establish the basis for faster economic growth.

The strategy includes plans to build new roads and improve existing ones, modernize and integrate the financial sector, and speed up transaction time at the ports and customs. This will facilitate the movement of goods, people, and capital and reduce transaction costs.

For more information, please refer to Regional Integration Assistance Strategy for Central Africa (PDF).




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