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The Gambia - Country engagement note for the period of FY18-FY21 (English)

The Gambia’s most recent development strategy, the 2012-2015 Program for Accelerated Growth and Employment (PAGE), promoted growth, employment, and poverty reduction. The PAGE was designed to contribute to the goals of The Gambia’s longer-term Vision 2020. Reflecting political realities, the implementation period of PAGE was extended for one year through 2016. The PAGE strategy was structured around four pillars: (i) accelerating and sustaining economic growth; (ii) improving and modernizing infrastructure; (iii) strengthening human capital stock to enhance employment opportunities; and (iv) improving governance and fighting corruption. Authorities did not conduct a final evaluation of the PAGE, but a mid-term evaluation in 2014 noted the PAGE was highly relevant to stakeholders, but rated its effectiveness in consolidating macroeconomic management and achieving development results as low. To move forward, the new Government has supported immediate and medium-term plans for recovery and development. To mitigate immediate challenges, MoFEA developed the ANRP, which covered July-December 2017. The aim of the ANRP was to seek and leverage donor’s financial and technical support to widen fiscal space and ease pressure on the budget, thereby resuscitating the economy and putting The Gambia on a sound socio-economic and political trajectory. Specific objectives of the ANRP were to: (i) enhance macroeconomic management and good governance; (ii) reinforce key social and economic drivers (health, energy, agriculture and tourism); and (iii) support NDP, donor coordination and resource mobilization. Data on how well the Government implemented the ANRP is lacking at this early stage. The World Bank will continue to cooperate with leading development partners per their interest and presence in sectors covered by the CEN. A good working relationship established with EU partners in energy helped leverage US 60 million dollars in financing from the EU and European Investment Bank (EIB) as joint co-financers of The Gambia Electricity Restoration and Modernization Project, which is under preparation. The WBG will continue to coordinate closely with partners on governance, climate change, energy, ICT, and private sector development issues considering their present and planned programs.

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The Gambia - Country engagement note for the period of FY18-FY21 (English). Washington, D.C. : World Bank Group. http://documents.worldbank.org/curated/en/986341530895907648/The-Gambia-Country-engagement-note-for-the-period-of-FY18-FY21