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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World Bank Governance Practice Manager Yolanda Tayler explained, “Even though SMEs represent between 80 to 90% of formal sector enterprises in MENA, they are often not aware of the potential that the ... Show More +public market offers to them. In Iraq, for instance, over US$51 billion is spent through public procurement. Yet, the smaller enterprises are not benefiting from their fair share of that spending.”To address these issues, the World Bank is working with governments, training institutions, and the private sector in eight countries to reach out to SMEs and expose them to tools and methods that will help them to compete in the public market. In sum, over 70 trainings will have taken place by the end of June, 2015, under a landmark regional program funded by the MSME Facility of the Arab World Initiative.In KRG, the Kurdistan Contractors Union has collaborated with the Ministry of Planning to execute 10 workshops across four cities, targeting 250 SMEs.In Egypt, the General Authority for Government Services has partnered with a training institute to execute 18 workshops in 16 different cities, employing impressive reach and scope to share information and knowledge with new suppliers in all corners of the countries.In Lebanon, the Institute of Finance has put together an impressive program in partnership with a private business school. The launch of the program in March was covered by 10 local newspapers and 4 TV channels. Lebanon’s program will also feature an impact evaluation component, to track how successful the participating companies are in actually winning bids.In Djibouti, the Chamber of Commerce is coordinating with the National Commission on Government Procurement to deliver six workshops.In the Palestinian Territories, the High Council of Public Procurement Policies has elected to partner with Birzeit University to disseminate twelve sessions for local companies.By approaching the problem with a market focus, the hope is that new firms can become reliable government suppliers and provide a real boost to the national economies. To date, the program has trained over 700 small businesses across 21 cities in 7 countries. This is not just a chance for businesses like Shirzad’s to access new opportunities. It’s also an important way for the public sector to improve its image and relationship with the private sector, to promote better value for taxpayer money, and to contribute to job growth. Show Less -