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Lao - Country assistance strategy (English)

Dialogue and engagement between Lao PDR, and the Bank have strengthened since the last Country Assistance Strategy (CAS), catalyzed by the National Growth and Poverty Eradication Strategy (NGPES), the Nam Theun 2 Hydropower Project, and government interest in regional integration. The present CAS has been designed to support the NGPES, and within same, key drivers of future growth, as well as better targeting of social outcomes and reductions in vulnerability. The Bank's analytical and advisory activities (AAA) program and Poverty Reduction Support Credit (PRSC) framework, will provide strategic support for strengthening the dialogue on the reform agenda. This new CAS incorporates a stronger emphasis on building capacity, and its objectives seek to: 1) sustain growth through improved management of key drivers-regional integration and private sector development, rural development, and natural resource management; 2) improve social outcomes and reduce vulnerability, through strengthened public financial management and service delivery capacities, targeting poverty reduction programs; 3) adopt a strategic approach to capacity development and partnerships in support of better NGPES results; 4) support implementation of Nam Theun 2 (NT2) as an example of an area-based, sustainable natural resource development program that contributes to growth, social outcomes, capacity development, and stronger partnerships. Investment operations in selected sectors will support NGPES priorities, and in collaboration with other donors, will complement the International Finance Corporation (IFC) and Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA) support to private sector development, while emphasizing sector-wide approaches (SWAps) where appropriate. During the first years of the CAS period, International Development Association (IDA) lending/grants will focus on key operations to support the NT2 development framework and associated social and environmental measures. The Bank will also continue to work closely with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) on issues of macro-economic management and monitoring.


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    Country Assistance Strategy Document

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    Lao People's Democratic Republic,

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    East Asia and Pacific,

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    Lao - Country assistance strategy

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Lao - Country assistance strategy (English). Washington, D.C. : World Bank Group.