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Country Assistance Strategy (CAS)

Background on the World Bank’s Country Strategy products

The Country Assistance Strategy (CAS) - in some cases also called Country Partnership Strategy or Joint Assistance Strategy (JAS) - lays out a selective program of World Bank Group support for a particular country. This strategy is developed by Bank staff in meetings with government officials, in consultation with country authorities, civil society organizations, development partners and other stakeholders. It takes as a starting point the country's own long-term vision for development and takes into account the Bank Group's comparative advantages in the context of other donor activities. The strategy is designed to promote collaboration and coordination among development partners in a country. 

For more information, please refer to the World Bank CAS website

An Interim Strategy Note for a period of one to two years is prepared for countries where circumstances preclude preparation of a full CAS.

Country Assistance Strategy for Guinea-Bissau

In June 2009, the Board of Executive Directors of the World Bank discussed an Interim Strategy Note for Guinea-Bissau covering a period of about 18 months, in the transition period expected for the country to reach the HIPC Completion Point. This Interim Strategy is paving the way for a more comprehensive and medium-term future CAS. The Interim Strategy concentrates on 2 pillars: (i) Strengthening economic management and laying the foundations for improvements in the productive sectors, and (ii) Increasing access to basic services, especially for the rural population. Capacity development will be a cross-cutting theme and building partnerships a guiding principle for Bank operations in the country in the months and years to come.

The latest full Country Assistance Strategy for Guinea-Bissau was approved in May 1997. CAS implementation was interrupted by the June 1998 uprising and the violent conflict that ensued.

Regional Integration Assistance Strategy for Sub-Saharan Africa

Guinea-Bissau is also covered by the Regional Integration Assistance Strategy (RIAS) for Sub-Saharan Africa of June 2008.  The strategy focuses Bank engagement around three key pillars of support and one cross cutting-theme: (i) development of regional infrastructure to create economies of scale and connect landlocked countries to regional and global trade routes, (ii)  institutional cooperation and economic integration with a particular focus on regional policy harmonization, reduction of tariff and non-tariff barriers, regional business environments and development of regional financial markets, and (iii) coordinated investments in support of regional public goods by focusing on shared water resources, climate change, emergency response, agricultural productivity, cross-border transmission of HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases, and rationalization of research and tertiary education.

For more information, see website on Regional Integration in Sub-Saharan Africa.

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