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In-country Missions World Bank Programmatic Governance and Growth Development Policy Loan (PDPL), Pre-Appraisal Mission took place from 25 to 29 June 2012. The main purpose of the mission was to review the mid-year budget review. The mission will also take stock on progress in implementation of the GAC DPL policy matrix. Albania Education Excellence and Equity Project (Credit No. 4180-ALB), Implementation Support Mission, took place from 12 to 20 June 2012. The aim of the visit was to review the overall project implementation progress and bottlenecks. A focus of this review will be on the current and projected impact of the current debt ceiling in project implementation in 2012 and 2013. Our team is also planning on visiting schools throughout the country to have a sense of the Projectâ€™s impact at the school level, as well as to oversee compliance with environmental safeguards. Water Resources and Irrigation Project, Pre-appraisal Mission, took place from 13 to 29 June 2012. The proposed project aims to improve the quality of water services delivery through the rehabilitation of reservoirs and irrigation and drainage facilities (component 1); support for irrigation and drainage service provision in project areas (component 2); and strengthening of institutions responsible for Integrated Water Resources Management (component 3). The objective of the mission was to evaluate the financial, economic, institutional, technical, environmental, and social aspects of the proposed project to meet its stated objectives. The mission were focused in particular on the followings: (i) review the proposed investment sub-projects in dam and irrigation system rehabilitation; (ii) complete the economic and financial analysis and prepare detailed cost estimates; (iii) re-
view safeguard instruments including dam safety, environmental impact assessment and resettlement; (iv) finalize project implementation arrangements and finalize the magnitude and mechanism for stakeholder contributions; (v) finalize the results framework and arrangements for monitoring and evaluation; (vi) prepare the draft Operational Manual and agree on TORs for key assignments; (vii) finalize the needs for technical assistance for implementation of the project; and (viii) agree on the next steps and timeline required to complete appraisal and negotiations of the project. Albania Improved Natural Resources Management, Implementation Support Mission, took place from 11 to 15 June 2012 The overall objective of the mission is to assist the Project team and the Ministry of Environment, Forestry and Water Administration (MoEFWA) with the starting up the activities of the Swedish Grant on Improved Natural Resources Management Project and to monitor the completion carbon sequestration of activities, in preparation of the full periodic verification of the Assisted Natural Regeneration Project, planned for July 2012 and follow-up
on the implementation of the PROFOR Grant on Innovative Financing for Sustainable Natural Resources Management in Albania. Land Administration and Management Project (LAMP, Implementation Support Mission for Component A, Security of Tenure and Registration of Immovable Property Rights, took place from 11 to 15 June 2012. Following the previous mission in March 2012, there was concern that the activities relating to First Registration were behind schedule and that there was little chance of meeting the targets for this activity under the project. There are also ongoing activities relating to development of the information system, approving the strategy for the protection of property rights and developing a business plan for the Immovable Property Registration Office as they move towards a self-funding status. The team will be assessing the good progress of these activities, noted between the previous visit and the upcoming one, as well as the other activities being implemented under the project, to ensure that the project objectives and targets can still be realized during the remaining time frame of the project.
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