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Country Assistance Strategy (CAS)

Background on Country Assistance Strategy

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 the 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 at the World Bank CAS website.


Status of Country Assistance Strategy (CAS) for Seychelles

As of April 2004, Seychelles is in non-accrual status with the Bank. This precludes all lending activity until arrears are cleared. The World Bank has continued to engage the government in a policy dialogue. An economic and social update has been prepared, and a Development Policy Review is in the final stages of preparation.



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