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Welcome! The World Bank In Mozambique
Laurence Clarke, Country Director for Mozambique

I'm pleased that our Board endorsed a new World Bank Group Country Partnership Strategy with Mozambique for the next four years, 2012–15, the overall goal of which is to promote inclusive and broad -based growth.  This Strategy comes at a momentous period in the country’s impressive post-conflict journey of two decades of robust growth. More recently, we have  witnessed a deceleration of poverty reduction in the face of strong growth; a drop in the Human Development Index and Doing Business country rankings; and  prospects of decrease in aid among some bilateral donors. Yet, despite  capacity constraints, good and timely management of  increasingly important natural resources, including significant coal and newly discovered gas deposits ,will  by all accounts be a “game changer” for Mozambique’s future. While significant challenges of sustaining stability and building a more equitable society persist, the upside potential of leveraging its strong post-conflict performance towards broad-based and transformative growth in the medium to longer-term, is enormous. This Strategy constitutes the Bank’s response to this unique set of challenges and opportunities in the country’s economic history.

As you know, the CPS takes as its starting point the government’s Poverty Reduction Strategy (PARP) and the Bank’s own Africa Regional Strategy. The preparation of this Strategy entailed a series of consultative meetings with over 300 people country wide, among government officials at central and local levels, donors, private sector, academia, and community based organizations. Like the Africa Regional Strategy, the CPS encompasses two cross-cutting Pillars and a Foundation:

  • Competitiveness and employment. In view of structural issues and growth and poverty trends, the Bank looks to help improve the regulatory environment; prioritize investments through spatial planning; enhance agricultural productivity and employment in potential growth sectors; improve provision of transport, water, energy, and other infrastructure; and promote an educated, skilled, and healthy workforce.
  • Vulnerability and resilience. Given the country’s susceptibility to idiosyncratic and exogenous shocks, the Bank aims to help improve health services for the vulnerable; strengthen social protection; and encourage climate change adaptation and reduce vulnerability to natural disasters. 
  • Governance and public sector capacity. Key to achieving the country’s development objectives is improved public financial management, particularly at the sector and local levels; improved citizen participation in service delivery monitoring; greater contribution of wildlife conservation to the economy; and improved transparency in extractive industries.

In addition to the above, the CPS will mainstream gender, social accountability, and nutrition in its lending and non-lending activities. 

In terms of financing, the Strategy has a notional envelope equivalent to US$1.04 billion in financing from the International Development Association (IDA) for the first three years of its implementation. These resources will be supplemented by trust funds, parallel and basket financing from development partners and the private sector. Additionally, and given the potential for the mineral and gas sectors, agribusiness, tourism, and other sectors, as well as the government’s desire for the Bank to be a catalyst for large and complex infrastructure projects, the Bank will look at a range of instruments, including IBRD enclave financing, and will ensure coherence and complementary with the International Finance Corporation and the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency, both part of the World Bank Group. The Bank will also generate greater knowledge products, including South-South knowledge exchange across a range of areas.

To date, the World Bank has invested a total of US$4.1billion in Mozambique. The current portfolio is comprised of 18 projects in all major sectors, including budget support, transport infrastructure, energy, water and sanitation, agriculture, business environment and  SME support, spatial planning, decentralization, governance and municipal development, and education and health.

In closing, allow me to pay tribute to all of you and to my dedicated team, nationals and expatriates, Washington-based and local, who have been working tirelessly in collaboration with the Government of Mozambique officials, to international development partners, and members of civil society, and whose continued commitment, dedication, and creativity are essential as we pursue our common goal of a country free of poverty.

Sincerely,

Laurence Clarke, Country Director for Mozambique




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