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Country Assistance Strategy (CAS)

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 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.

Interim Strategy Note for Togo (2008-2010)

On May 29, 2008, the World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors approved an Interim Strategy Note (ISN) for the Republic of Togo. It sets the framework for World Bank assistance to the country from May 2008 to June 2010. The ISN allows the Bank to re-engage with Togo, and to respond to new economic opportunities in the country. Projects, programs and studies proposed in the Note aim at supporting the implementation of three main pillars of the Interim Strategy for Poverty Reduction (I-PRSP) that the Togolese government adopted in March 2008. These are: (i) improving economic governance and transparency, (ii) the promotion of economic recovery and sustainable development, and (iii) taking into account urgent social needs. These projects and programs include: (a) two grants for economic recovery and for governance; (b) two operations to support policy development; (c) a technical assistance project on financial sector reform and governance; (d) a review of public expenditure management and financial management of the state; (e) activities to strengthen statistical capacity in the country; (f) two emergency projects to rehabilitate infrastructure; (g) a study on potential sources of growth; and (h) a community development project. Togo is also expected to participate in the regional Abidjan-Lagos Corridor Transport Facilitation Project. 

For more information, please refer to the Interim Strategy Note (2008 - 2010).

Regional Integration Assistance Strategy (RIAS), West Africa

Togo is part of the group of West African countries receiving support from the World Bank through the Regional Integration Assistance Strategy (PDF) for West Africa. This is an outgrowth of the World Bank's focus on regional integration in Africa. In addition to Togo, the strategy primarily covers 14 other West African countries: Benin, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Cote d'Ivoire, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, and Liberia. Bank strategy to assist regional integration focuses on the creation of an open, unified, regional economic space, as a means of creating an environment for a more efficient and competitive private sector. The strategy was prepared in a participatory consultative manner with several governments, key West African institutions, donors and representatives of civil society.

The regional strategy will create a larger market which can provide gains from larger scale economies and increased competition that national markets cannot provide. In addition, integration can help reduce poverty by accelerating growth, facilitating movements of people from the poorer to the better endowed parts of the region, and, possibly, by establishing mechanisms for financial transfers in the opposite direction.




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