The ICP is organized on a regional basis. The regions are Africa, Asia and the Pacific, the Commonwealth of Independent States, Latin America and the Caribbean, and Western Asia. Georgia and Iran are each considered “singleton” countries that are linked like regions. Regional implementing agencies execute the program in each region, and provide the mechanism to coordinate activities and to liaise with participating countries. Also, the Global Office works in close collaboration with the Eurostat-OECD PPP program, and publishes global data linking ICP and Eurostat-OECD results for more than 199 countries.
Role of Regional Offices
The ICP Regional Coordinators carry out the work required to implement the ICP at the regional level. Their responsibilities are similar, but not identical, to the ICP Global Office. In particular, each Regional Coordinating Agency, under the direction of the Regional Coordinator and in consultation with the Regional Committee, has these responsibilities:
- Design and implement regional programs, database management standards, guidelines and procedures as agreed with the ICP Global Office
- Coordinate the efforts of participating countries in the region
- Provide technical guidance and effective leadership to participating countries
- Monitor implementation of the program in order to signal, if necessary, possible delays, budgetary overshoots or major technical flaws, and subsequently to take preventive or remedial action if required
- Submit quarterly progress reports and comprehensive annual reports to the Executive Board through the Global Office
Memoranda of Understanding (MOU) between the Global Office within the World Bank and each regional implementing agency set out the agreed roles and responsibilities of each party.