There is currently no Country Assistance Strategy (CAS) for Iran. The last Interim Assistance Strategy which covered the period 2002-2003 was extended through 2005. No new World Bank loans to Iran have been approved since 2005 and all projects have closed.
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Regional integration is more than trade. Greater regional integration has a vital role to play in helping countries move beyond conflict. In the Great Lakes Region, the Sahel, and the Horn of Africa, ... Show More +we’re designing programs that will help entire regions, including support for multi-country sustainable energy projects and improvements to cross-border trading, which promote peace and stability. These efforts, in partnership with the United Nations and institutions such as the Islamic Development Bank, are accompanied by strategic dialogue and development diplomacy. We’re also looking to expand this regional approach to countries in the Middle East. In the face of current instability in the Middle East, I understand that it is difficult to envision peace and prosperity for all, but I remain optimistic. We must begin preparing for peace and economic opportunities, and we must invest in the region’s greatest untapped asset – its youth and its women. We must invest in young people and women by giving them better educations, access to quality health care, and job training skills. The World Bank Group is ready to mobilize the necessary financial resources and technical assistance to support reforms in education and vocational training, partnering with the government and the private sector. Our purpose is to improve the quality of education and bridge the current skills mismatch. These steps will give youth, women and the economically disadvantaged much greater opportunities to find good jobs.On this day, let me renew my commitment to you that we at the World Bank Group share a common vision and goal of a more prosperous Africa and Middle East. With us, you have a friend in Washington and in country offices. We will do all in our power to help you create better lives for all your citizens. Thank you very much. Show Less -