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Paraguay - Energy Sector Strengthening Project (English)

Ratings of the Energy Sector Strengthening Project for Paraguay were as follows: outcome was satisfactory, Bank performance was moderately satisfactory, and monitoring and evaluation quality was modest. Some of the lessons learned include: i) When designing complex projects, it is important to deeply assess the legal framework under which the implementation agency will be operating, especially regarding its flexibility and agility; ii) When implementing a World Bank project with a utility, the PIU needs capable full-time professionals and a strong footing within the sector agency; iii) World Bank projects can upgrade implementing agencies’ procurement capacity beyond the scope of the project-financed contracts; iv) When procuring goods following international bidding standards, PIU teams need to be prepared to deal with suppliers, with technical and commercial practices different from those applied by traditional providers. PIU teams also need to internalize the costs associated with contract management, under these new scenarios; v) Continuity of the World Bank fiduciary team members facilitates World Bank supervision in benefit of the implementing agency; vi) The institutional capacity-building component can be the facilitator of activities otherwise unreachable for implementing agencies; (vii) Continued and firm oversight is needed to secure satisfactory E&S management.

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Paraguay - Energy Sector Strengthening Project (English). Washington, D.C. : World Bank Group. http://documents.worldbank.org/curated/en/444951563297192195/Paraguay-Energy-Sector-Strengthening-Project