government of The Gambia in collaboration with the World Bank on Monday 20
November 2017 held the Country Portfolio Performance Review (CPPR) for the
ongoing WB projects in The Gambia.
The review focused on the projects’ implementation progress, key challenges and constraints affecting their implementation, and the way forward.
Speaking on the occasion, Abdoulie Jallow, permanent secretary No. 1 at the Ministry of Finance said the lessons learnt will avail The Gambia the opportunity to improve the WB resource envelope allocated to the country, thus, complementing the efforts of the new government’s development aspirations as stipulated in our National Development Plan (NDP).
He pointed out that the WB portfolio currently consists of 5 national projects and 3 regional projects mainly in Education, Agriculture, Energy, Fisheries, and Health which are geared towards improving the livelihood of each and every citizen of The Gambia.
He stated that the smooth and effective implementation of the projects is a key priority for the government as it continues to provide the enabling environment.
Mr. Jallow thanked the World Bank for the immense support it has rendered the government over the years and also counted on its continued support in bridging some of the financial gaps in the new validated National Development Plan.
World Bank Country Representative EleneImnadze said the objectives of the projects can only be achieved through a conservative process in which implementers contribute, identify constraints and also propose possible solutions.
She added that the review will help them propose measures to be considered as they prepare for the new program for The Gambia, noting that the goal is to end poverty in The Gambia.
A strong government ownership is a critical factor to ensure the proposed measures are followed up and implemented; she went on, while assuring government of the World Bank’s assistance and collaboration to strengthen the portfolio performance of The Gambia.