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Kosovo - Transitional Support Strategy (English)

This Transitional Support Strategy outlines an 18 month strategy, which will allow the Bank to reconsider its position in mid-2005 in light of progress towards the Standards for Kosovo and the potential start of dialogue on final status, as well as taking into account deliberations on future Bank grant financing. As Kosovo emerges from a post-conflict situation, a future program will focus on: (i) encouraging broad-based and sustainable economic growth and employment creation; (ii) restructuring key sectors o f the economy as part o f the transition process; and (iii) assisting the PISG to address key economic Standards necessary to begin discussion on final status. This focus reflects the Bank's broad comparative advantage as a source o f advice and assistance for governments undertaking economic and structural reform. Given the newly established nature o f many o f the Kosovo institutions, capacity building will be a key cross-cutting focus throughout all new interventions. While new activities will be strictly focused, efforts to promote reconciliation and to provide benefits directly to poor people will continue through existing activities. To support new activities, management intends to commit $15 million of IDA resources to Kosovo on grant terms until June 2005. This maintains the level o f assistance provided by IDA over the past 18 months, and broadly maintains the burden share o f total assistance initially accepted b y the Bank after the conflict. Focused analytical work will underpin the new program and ensure that the Bank is able to maintain an adequate knowledge base to scale-up assistance once a lending program is able to begin. The strategy envisages a coordinated approach among all the members of the World Bank Group.




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Kosovo - Transitional Support Strategy (English). Washington, D.C. : World Bank Group.