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Welcome! The World Bank In Comoros
Haleh Bridi, World Bank Country Director for Comoros

On behalf of all the Comoros Country Office team, it is my pleasure to welcome you to our website.

Following many years of political and institutional instability, the Presidential and gubernatorial elections held in Comoros in late 2010 offer some hope that the cycle of instability can be overcome and that sustained efforts can be made to create economic opportunities and reduce poverty.

Poverty remains pervasive in Comoros. In 2004, the latest year for which data is available, about 45 percent of the population or 37 percent of households lived below the poverty line of about US$700 per capita per year. However, there has been good progress on several of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Comoros is on track to achieve MDG2 (universal primary education) and MDG6 (HIV/AIDS), with progress on MDG1 (poverty) and MDG7 (water access). The country has also made progress toward MDG4 (child mortality) and MDG5 (maternal health), indicators that many other countries have found very difficult to achieve. One of the most challenging targets, especially in the wake of the food price crisis, will be to halve the proportion of people who suffer from hunger.

The Bank’s new Interim Support Strategy (ISN), presented to the Board in May 2010 focuses on two objectives: (i) reducing social vulnerability and (ii) strengthening state capacity and accountability. We invite you to read the ISN on this web page and learn more about the full range of activities the Bank is supporting in Comoros.

We are committed to accompanying the government and the population of Comoros in their efforts to face the huge challenges ahead.

Haleh Bridi, World Bank Country Director for Comoros

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