World Bank Group holds meeting on Country Partnership framework



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Robert Anane, GNA

Accra, Dec. 15, GNA
– The World Bank Group has held its first discussion in Accra with a number of
civil society organisations and development partners, on the group’s country
partnership framework with Ghana for the next six years.

Mr Pierre Laporte, World
Bank Country Director, said whenever the World Bank Group had engagements with
any country, such engagements were always carried out within the context of a

He said the Country
Partnership Framework is important for both government and the World Bank Group
teams, “so that we collectively agree upon the focus of our engagement going
forward, even though there may be a need for adjustments along the way.”

Mr Laporte said the
World Bank Group sought to launch the six-year partnership framework in July
2020, to lay out the Group’s development partnership with Ghana within the

He said the Group
would hold consultations with major stakeholders in the country’s development
such as parliamentarians and people in both the public and private sector in
order to come up with a framework that is as relevant as possible to the actual
developmental needs of the country.

“We would like the
Country Partnership Framework to be very strategic. There is the need to focus
on fewer larger engagements, which can yield sustained and substantial
results,” said Mr Laporte.

He said the aim of
the World Bank Group was to have a situation where after some months of
broad-based discussions, Ghanaians would have a common view of which areas had
to be dealt with in the country partnership framework.

Mr Laporte said the
framework was coming at an important time, with regards to the government’s
Ghana Beyond Aid initiative.

“It is an
opportunity for the Bank to help Government leverage the significant
development gains, into ongoing wider and shared prosperity,” he said.



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