World Bank is optimistic about the Odisha Strategic Partnership for development of the State.
Country Director of World Bank Junaid Kamal Ahmad has informed the State Government in this regard.
However, he is waiting to receive a formal proposal for Development Policy Financing from Government of India in this regard, said sources.
With World Bank Group agreeing to join hands with Odisha Government under Country Partnership Framework (CPF), more areas will be covered with the support of International Bank.
World Bank Group consists of the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD) and International Development Agency (IDA).
Mr.Ahmad has said that recent meeting to review on Odisha Rapid State Diagnostic (ORSD) has come out with fruitful deliberations.
While supporting other sectors, World Bank has also suggested supporting Tertiary Health Care Support in Odisha.
State Government is attaching importance on providing Health Care to All and Tertiary Health Care is also getting priority.
So World Bank has sought a better understanding on Tertiary Health Care Set Up of Odisha, before including these areas for cooperation.
The World Bank Group’s (WBG) Country Partnership Framework (CPF) for India has set the strategic focus for the Group's engagement with the country for the period 2018-2022, to support its aspirations as a Middle-Income Economy.
The CPF is based on three pillars such as the Government of India’s development priorities, (WBG’s Systematic Country Diagnostic (SCD) for India, which presents the Group’s analysis of the key challenges facing India to progress towards the twin goals of ending extreme poverty and promoting shared prosperity and thirdly the WBG’s comparative advantage and value proposition to support India.
The CPF also incorporates lessons learnt from the last five years of implementation of the Country Partnership Strategy 2013-2017.
Over the past several months, the WBG organized a series of consultations with a broad range of stakeholders across the country.
The rich and insightful views, perspectives and ideas received as part of the consultations have provided valuable inputs to understand the progress, opportunities and challenges facing India’s development, and accordingly frame the WBG’s engagement in India for the period 2018-2022.
World Bank is attaching importance for development of Odisha as it is participating in Higher Education, Water Resources and several other projects and earlier International Bank was involved in Health Care Sector.
State Government will soon take a call on the issue and the Department of Economic affairs (DEA) in Government of India will also have to propose a Development Policy Financing to the World Bank, said officials sources.
After that World Bank Group will move forward in this regard, said sources.