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Macedonia - Financial and Enterprise Sector Adjustment Credit Project (English)

This is the Implementation Completion Report (ICR) for the Financial and Enterprise Sector Adjustment Credit (FESAC) in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. The FESAC supported the government's efforts to reduce the quasi-fiscal deficit by stemming the flow of enterprise losses. This complimented the macroeconomic program supported by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) Stand-by Arrangement. Specifically, the FESAC addressed four major issues: (a) the slow pace of privatization; (b) the losses incurred by 25 politically sensitive enterprises; (c) the adverse social impact of labor shedding in those 25 enterprises; and (d) the illiquidity of 80 percent of the banking system. Bank's performance was satisfactory. Borrower's performance was satisfactory. The key lessons learned were as folows: (a) the design weakness of the ERL, leaving implementation of agreed reforms to a "follow-up operation", the FESAC, made preparation of the FESAC more difficult than it otherwise might have been; (b) when dealing with a new member state, the Bank needs to be very careful about the signals it gives; (c) when a country is committed to reforms, it will implement them with or without conditionality; (d) difficult and painful reforms can be implemented only with strong political support; (e) where institutions are weak, adjustment operations have to be accompanied by technical assistance to ensure that the country has the required expertise to implement agreed reforms; (f) in spite of a government's best intentions, some measures prove to be too politically difricult to implement; and (g) to avoid misunderstandings concerning the necessary actions prior to tranche release, it is extremely important to have consistency in wording among the body of the President's report, the policy matrix and the Loan Agreement.

Details

  • Document Date

    1997/06/02

  • Document Type

    Implementation Completion and Results Report

  • Report Number

    16648

  • Volume No

    1

  • Total Volume(s)

    1

  • Country

    North Macedonia,

  • Region

    Europe and Central Asia,

  • Disclosure Date

    2010/06/18

  • Disclosure Status

    Disclosed

  • Doc Name

    Macedonia - Financial and Enterprise Sector Adjustment Credit Project

  • Keywords

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Macedonia - Financial and Enterprise Sector Adjustment Credit Project (English). Washington, D.C. : World Bank Group http://documents.worldbank.org/curated/en/664401468272370260/Macedonia-Financial-and-Enterprise-Sector-Adjustment-Credit-Project