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Jordan - Energy Sector Adjustment Loan, First, Second, and Third Economic Reform and Development Loan Projects (English)

The audit rates the performance of the Energy Sector Adjustment Loan (ESAL), and of the First, Second and Third Economic Reform and Development Loan Projects (ERDL I-III), as follows: ESAL was assessed as moderately satisfactory, with unlikely sustainability, and modest institutional development impacts; similarly, the outcomes of the ERDL I-III were moderately satisfactory, but with sustainable likelihood, and substantial institutional development. The performance of both the Bank, and the Borrower show satisfactory results. Lessons from the four projects are summarized as follows. The political vulnerability in borrower countries, as well as the policy reforms themselves, may hamper rapid economic growth, because linking policy changes in a short Country Assistance Strategy period, may potentially rise expectations which later on, may not be fulfilled. Thus, important aspects of the ESAL project were not implemented, i.e., adjusting energy prices to economic levels did not fully succeed, neither did the establishment of a regulatory commission, nor completion of the sector's institutional restructuring. Nonetheless, sequencing reforms proved beneficial, in that it emphasized rising sectors, such as exports, to prod the incentive changes, easing the rising unemployment discontent, in the face of declining non-competitive sectors. This should also enhance private sector confidence for internationally competitive investments. The efficiency of the resident mission, and substantial technical assistance were crucial to the implementation of complex reforms, and new institutions, and laws.

Details

  • Document Date

    2001/03/23

  • Document Type

    Project Performance Assessment Report

  • Report Number

    22035

  • Volume No

    1

  • Total Volume(s)

    1

  • Country

    Jordan,

  • Region

    Middle East and North Africa,

  • Disclosure Date

    2017/11/20

  • Disclosure Status

    Disclosed

  • Doc Name

    Jordan - Energy Sector Adjustment Loan, First, Second, and Third Economic Reform and Development Loan Projects

  • Keywords

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Jordan - Energy Sector Adjustment Loan, First, Second, and Third Economic Reform and Development Loan Projects (English). Washington, D.C. : World Bank Group. http://documents.worldbank.org/curated/en/366891511185568183/Jordan-Energy-Sector-Adjustment-Loan-First-Second-and-Third-Economic-Reform-and-Development-Loan-Projects