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Morocco - Country assistance strategy (English)

The goal of this Country Assistance Strategy (CAS) for the period 2005-09, is to help Morocco meet its key development challenges, notably 1) accelerate employment-generation and sustainable economic growth, and, 2) reduce poverty and marginalization. To achieve and sustain these goals, a series of institutional reforms are needed to improve the transparency, accountability, and inclusiveness of the public sector. This CAS reflects differences from the past: the overarching objective of poverty reduction and the underpinning objective of governance are both more fully integrated in our country program, and in addition, the environment for reform has matured. The main difference between this CAS period and the previous one (2001-04), is the more favorable political, and bureaucratic environment within which to implement institutional reforms. A greater sense of urgency prevails, and this has generated political will at the top levels of leadership as well as within civil society. The CAS will focus upon four objectives: improve competitiveness and the investment climate; increase access to basic services by poor and marginalized groups; improve the efficiency of the education system; and, improve water management and access to water services and sanitation. The instruments of the strategy will move toward greater use of programmatic approaches, and the program is designed to mitigate risks that could affect the effectiveness of Bank support, and to enhance monitoring and evaluation of CAS outcomes. Over the four coming years, the Bank program faces a series of risks. These include the government's continuing willingness to address the country's economic and social challenges, hesitant decision-making processes, and the possibility that the Bank financing will become less important to meeting the needs of this middle-income country. The Bank will mitigate these risks in several ways. It will undertake more systematic political economy analysis, and we will improve its ability to support reforms through informed outreach to important stakeholders. Moreover, it will offer high-quality, timely analytical work and technical advice, as well as an intelligent mix of lending instruments. The Bank also needs to build upon synergies with Morocco's other development partners-most notably, greater complementarity with the European Union.

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  • Document Date

    2005/06/14

  • Document Type

    Country Assistance Strategy Document

  • Report Number

    31879

  • Volume No

    1

  • Total Volume(s)

    1

  • Country

    Morocco,

  • Region

    Middle East and North Africa,

  • Disclosure Date

    2005/06/27

  • Disclosure Status

    Disclosed

  • Doc Name

    Morocco - Country assistance strategy

  • Keywords

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Morocco - Country assistance strategy (English). Washington, D.C. : World Bank Group. http://documents.worldbank.org/curated/en/152301468276560853/Morocco-Country-assistance-strategy