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On internal policy matters, the Board approved the establishment of an Economic and Technical Cooperation Unit within the Bank to provide strategic and policy support to the Bank's operations departments on regional integration matters and serve as the Bank's primary interlocutor with external agencies on regional integration issues.
The Board also approved a programme of decentralization that will ensure that the Bank has an expanded field presence in Africa. According to the programme, the Bank will open eight new offices in 2005 and eight more in 2006, bringing the total number of offices to 25. Each office will have the responsibility of improving the quality of the dialogue with country officials as well as the implementation of Bank-funded projects.
The Board approved a loans and grants package of some US$ 26.5 million to support efforts to strengthen the capacity to generate viable statistics by regional members of the International Compensation Programme (ICP-Africa). The resources will be used by national statistics offices, government ministries involved in the production and use of socioeconomic data, institutes that train statisticians, and sub-regional organizations that participate in the process of generating statistical data.
The Board approved loans and grants to four countries in the region: Botswana, Ghana, Mali and Namibia: