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Towards Adopting a New CSP Approach

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Towards Adopting a New CSP Approach

Members of the Board of Directors of the African Development Bank (ADB) Group recently praised the Mozambique Country Strategy Paper (CSP), referring to it as "a very good and well written report and indeed one of the best quality strategies ever produced under the results-based format."

Meeting on Wednesday, June 21, 2006 in Tunis, the Board members unanimously approved the Country Strategy Paper (CSP) for Mozambique covering the period 2006-2009.  The document comes with a funding allocation of UA 178 million for Mozambique, one of the largest from the African Development Fund, the AfDB’s concessional window.

The 3-year strategy, presented by Mr. Frank Black, Country Operations Director, and Mr. Duarte da Silva, Country Economist, proposes to focus Bank interventions in Mozambique in the areas of governance and infrastructure.

While meeting with the Mozambique Country Strategy Paper team on Friday, two days after the approval of the CSP, President Donald Kaberuka again praised the document for its high quality. The President had earlier indicated, during the Board session on Wednesday that the document "should serve as a benchmark for other CSPs." The president also used the occasion to inquire about the preparation process of the CSP and had a strategic conversation with the team on the Mozambican economy.

As to why the CSP was special, Operations Department North, East and South (ONCF) Director, Frank Black, said the team had adopted an innovative, pragmatic and flexible approach in the design of the strategy, placing strong emphasis on its readability.

The Mozambique CSP, it should be recalled, seeks to address the country’s development constraints, while aligning the Bank with its harmonization and results-based agenda. The Mozambique Country Strategy Paper team which met with President Kaberuka included ONCF Director, Frank Black, Country Economist Duarte da Silva and Marina Coelho who is seconded to ONCF from the Portuguese Cooperation.

At the core of the Bank’s country assistance programming process, the CSP defines the scope of such assistance and represents the institution’s business plan for supporting the country’s national development agenda, which primarily aims at stimulating economic growth and reducing poverty.

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