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Malawi joint annual report 2004

Malawi joint annual report 2004

Policies and programmes to arrest degradation of the environment are an integral part of the MPRSP. High population density and poverty are exerting unsustainable pressure on natural resources. Rapidly rising demand for energy (especially for fuel wood needed for cooking) and agricultural expansion have resulted in large-scale deforestation. The National Strategy for Sustainable Development (NSSD) and the National Environment Action Plan (NEAP) were launched in 2004. NEAP includes projects for developing alternative sources of energy, including the use of solar energy. However, there is a lack of supportive legislation and as a result implementation is weak. Funds to finance projects did not become available in 2004. A number of EU supported programmes focus on specific aspects of the environmental policy and natural resources management, such as forestry, soil and water conservation, However, a holistic approach to environmental issues is lacking. For example, many bridges, which have been washed-away due largely as a consequence of deforestation in river valleys, are being replaced under the EU- funded Lakeshore Road Infrastructure Programme. This project does not address afforestation in the river valleys in order to diminish the risk of further flooding, and links with other EU funded projects could be developed (Both the Public Works Programme and Microprojects 4 programme have forestry components).
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Antigua & Barbuda joint annual report 2004

Antigua & Barbuda joint annual report 2004

Programme implementation started October 2003. Was held up somewhat by the recent (2004) General Elections which resulted in a change of Government. Now progressing smoothly. The Drug Demand Reduction (DDR) Programme completed its first work programme October 31, 2004. The second work programme was approved by the Delegation and implementation started November 1, 2004. The programme initially began under the umbrella of the Ministry of Health & Social Improvement, but, when the Government changed following general elections in 2004, the DDR Programme was shifted to the newly established Ministry of Social Transformation which is exhibiting better participation in the programme. Activities fall in the categories of: Institutional Development, Training, Research, Awareness & Education, Community Activities, and Workshops. The programme is progressing well and no significant problems are foreseen. The Programme Manager and the NAO’s Office are responsive and cooperative in the management and execution of this programme.
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Trinidad and Tobago joint annual report 2004

Trinidad and Tobago joint annual report 2004

Emigration is a popular option for many skilled Trinidadians and the post-war period has seen large numbers emigrate to USA, the UK and Canada. All three of these countries now have large émigré populations and Trinidadian emigrants have been welcomed and easily integrated because of the relatively high skills they bring with them. Statistics from official sources and the average annual emigration ratio of around 2000 noted in the early 1990’s is probably an underestimate. However the lack of statistics, especially in the last five years, does not disguise the impact of what has been a serious brain drain over many years. It is nowhere more dramatic than in the health service where Trinidad, a significant regional trainer of medical staff, is currently having to ‘import’ Cuban and other doctors and nurses. Not all Trinidadian emigrants are skilled or legal and every year the USA deports back to Trinidad many Trinidadians who are either illegally residing in the US or who have fallen foul of the law. These ‘deportees’ are an increasingly serious problem in Trinidad and have been identified as one of the factors driving the serious increase in violent crime.
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Sierra Leone joint annual report 2004

Sierra Leone joint annual report 2004

The NSA community is very diverse in Sierra Leone, between the International NGO’s many of which have left as the humanitarian phase moved into a development phase and the LNGOs. Social Services, Government and Institutional Strengthening and Rural Development sections co-finance activities with NGOs through budget lines and EDF programmes, which entails co-ordination and contacts with NSAs. NSA and parliament were invited and did take part in all stages of the Mid Term Review during 2004. The establishment this year of the Ward Committee (representing NSAs) is expected to boost contacts with NSAs in 2005. As the interest of the Delegation expands beyond the limited focal sectors of the 9 th Indicative programme, a broader dialogue will be necessary and hopefully involving the EU MS and/or the donor community. Particular interests which warrant attention in 2005 are security, as the UNAMSIL drawdown comes to an end, the restructuring and future functioning of the National Election Commission and the wider role of Civil Society in the accountability of GoSL to govern the nation. The Delegation intends to foster and encourage NSAs under the Local Accountability Mechanism project in preparation.
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Ethiopia joint annual report 2003

Ethiopia joint annual report 2003

Joint Annual Report 2003 Ethiopia The National Authorizing Officer and the Delegation of the European Commission to Ethiopia Addis Ababa 2004 PREFACE This joint annual report covers the period up to t[.]

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Papua New Guinea joint annual report 2004

Papua New Guinea joint annual report 2004

The normalisation of the situation in Bougainville seems to approach its final stage. A new constitution for the province giving it greater autonomy was adopted in December 2004 and elections are scheduled to take place in the first half of 2005. The UN observer mission (UNOMB) was asked to extend its mandate for half a year (originally scheduled to end by the end of 2004) and stay in Bougainville until after the election. Governance. The quality of governance continues to be a key issue in PNG. Compared with other countries with similar level of income, PNG is generally perceived to have a markedly lower level of governance. There are serious problems with law and order in main urban centres and certain parts of the Highlands. A recent report noted that the effectiveness of the police was in decline. Corruption in PNG is perceived as systemic and is viewed as a serious problem because of weaknesses in accountability and enforcement. Disbursements under loans from ADB and the WB continue to be suspended due to the government not complying with specific governance conditions. The government has strengthened various watchdogs such as the Parliamentary Public Accounts Committee and the Ombudsman. The Government continues to persevere with its fiscal and public sector reform programmes. A significant initiative the Public Expenditure Review and Rationalization (PERR) reforms, seeking to ensure ongoing macroeconomic stability and to improve the quality of government expenditure, made further progress in 2004 with the establishment by Cabinet of a PERR Implementation Committee.
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Barbados joint annual report 2004

Barbados joint annual report 2004

The health sector has been undergoing reforms in response to the changing social and economic environment as Barbados has had to face an increasing number of new challenges. These include, among other factors, an ageing population, violence, environmental risks, HIV/AIDS and new and re-emerging diseases. With respect to health care financing, the challenge facing the Ministry of Health is to ensure equity in access to care, improved efficiency in the delivery of care and the sustaining of the current levels of health care. To achieve this it will be necessary to explore an appropriate mix of financing mechanisms in order to ensure sustainability in the quality of health services. Furthermore it will also have to find ways and means to influence the life style of the less well -informed and health-aware segments of the population, i.e. the poor. Barbados Authorities have adopted the Barbados Strategic Plan for Health 2002-2012 in January 2003, which reflects an integrated approach to secure the national vision of health, safety, and prosperity based on the challenges the system is to face. In 2004, health sector investment, which was estimated at 12.9% of the total public investment, focused largely on HIV control and prevention, and on solid waste management.
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Uganda joint annual report 2004

Uganda joint annual report 2004

On the regional front, efforts in 2004 concentrated on finalising the Protocol for the East African Community Customs Union, which was signed in March. Although agreement had been reached in many areas during the 4 year negotiation period, the Common External Tariff was by far the most contentious issue. The new EAC band (0,10,20%) is an increase in applicable rates for intermediate and finished goods, which stood at 7% and 15%, respectively. In addition, some essential manufacturing inputs, though not raw materials, have been imported at the minimum rate. Manufacturers’ interest was to maintain this structure for a 5 year period under the EAC Customs Union. Uganda’s request is centred on a list of 138 tariff lines consisting of manufacturing inputs, many of which can also be used as finished products. These items were treated as raw materials (0%) in the Ugandan structure, but have moved to 10% or 25% in the EAC code. Paper products have the highest proportion of tariff lines (21%), followed by textiles (17%) and inputs to food processing (15%). Kenya and Tanzania objected to maintaining the 0% rate on these items, arguing that there exists sufficient supply capacity in the region, hence charging a 0% rate could be detrimental to the industry. Uganda’s contention was that the capacity in the region, where it exists, does not meet demand, and that the region’s suppliers were less favourable with regard to quality, delivery time and price.
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Zimbabwe joint annual report 2004

Zimbabwe joint annual report 2004

Preparations for the 2005 Parliamentary Elections began in earnest in the second half of the year. Following the adoption of the SADC guidelines by the Government of Zimbabwe in Mauritius in July 2004, two new electoral laws were debated and passed by Parliament in December 2004 and seen as a positive step towards improving the electoral environment. The main innovations were the setting up of a new Zimbabwe Electoral Commission to oversee the process and the adoption of a number of recommendations of the Guidelines such as one day voting, the use of transparent ballot boxes and the introduction of a Code of Conduct. In October 2004, Mr Tsvangirai, President of the MDC, was acquitted by the Supreme Court of treason charges against him, which was widely welcomed by the international community. In the second half of the year, a draft NGO bill to regulate the NGO activities, which raised significant concerns among civil society and donors was intensively debated in Parliament and amongst stakeholders. Despite widespread consultation, clauses outlawing the foreign funding of NGO activities in the areas of human rights and governance remained in the bill, which was passed by Parliament in December 2004. The EU made its concerns known that the ban on foreign funding also transgressed the spirit of the Cotonou Agreement. This interpretation of the spirit of the Cotonou Agreement was not shared by Government. At the end of 2004 President Mugabe had not yet signed the bill into law.
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Saint-Vincent and the Grenadines joint annual report 2004

Saint-Vincent and the Grenadines joint annual report 2004

The overall objective of the EC intervention is to support the sustainable development of human resources in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, through the provision of learning opportunities to all persons in the State so as to equip them with the required values, skills, attitude and knowledge necessary for creating and maintaining a productive, innovative and harmonious society. Towards this end, 90% (€ 4.5 million) of the “A envelope” is allocated to the education sector and, in particular, to the improvement of secondary level education and support for sectoral reforms in an effort to assist the Government in achieving universal access to comprehensive five year secondary education, with 75% enrolment by 2015. This will also be supplemented by funds coming from both the Stabex and SFA instruments. As a first step in the preparation of the programme of support to the secondary education sector under the 9th EDF, the EC provided the Government with technical assistance for the finalisation of the country’s Education Sector Development Plan 2002-2007. In consultation with other interested donors such as the Caribbean Development Bank, DFID and the World Bank, the EC financed early 2003 a consultancy team to prepare more detailed plans for the intervention in the education section. The Financing Proposal for the programme was approved by the EDF Committee in November 2003 and the Financing Agreement was signed by the Government of the St. Vincent and the Grenadines in January 2004.
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Safety & environmental annual report 2004. Joint Research Centre Institute for Energy

Safety & environmental annual report 2004. Joint Research Centre Institute for Energy

The Institute for Energy (IE), situated in Petten, The Netherlands, is one of the seven research institutes of the Directorate General Joint Research Centre (DG JRC) of the European Commission. The population of the Institute is made up of personnel who originate from 22 out of the 25 European Union Member States plus Romania and Bulgaria. It also includes a number of visiting staff who come from non-EU countries. The total number of staff in Petten varies between 200 and 220.

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EIB Group annual report 2004. Volume I: Activity report

EIB Group annual report 2004. Volume I: Activity report

The Bank has paid special attention to designing and implement- ing policies that ensure fair treatment of its staff in all respects. There has been a continued commitment towards equal oppor- tunities. A joint health and safety committee oversees all issues relating to staff health and welfare. Human Resources has begun to address such issues as stress in the workplace and a smoke- free “clean-air” policy. It has also facilitated the formation of a group of confidential counsellors to advise their colleagues in personal matters relating to dignity at work. The joint committees on pension and health insurance issues have continued to work towards mutuallyacceptableways ofmodernising the serviceand benefi ts offered to staff . In general, negotiations with the Staff Representatives and the various working groups are carried out in a spirit of cooperation.
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Congo RDC rapport annuel conjoint 2004 = Congo DRC joint annual report 2004

Congo RDC rapport annuel conjoint 2004 = Congo DRC joint annual report 2004

», programme qui prend la suite du PMURR mais qui, du fait de la réunification, s’étend à présent à l’ensemble du pays. Ce programme, dont les résultats se font progressivement sentir, a été élaboré en anticipation au DSRP final (dont la finalisation est prévue pour le second semestre 2005). Quant à la politique monétaire : l’objectif est d’atténuer les fluctuations à court terme, ce qui a permis une appréciation du Franc Congolais en 2003 et une dépréciation de seulement 12,04% de janvier à septembre 2004. Parallèlement l’hyper-inflation a été arrêtée, le taux étant passé de 630% en 2000 à 8,8% en 2001, 4,5 % en 2003 et probablement 9,3% en 2004 (ce qui reste supérieur à l’objectif fixé à 6%). Le contrôle des déficits extérieurs a été renforcé, ce qui a entraîné un solde positif de la balance commerciale pour 2003 et 2004. Il faut cependant tempérer ces résultats par le fait que l’économie du pays s’est depuis plusieurs années très largement « dollarisée » ; plus de 93% des dépôts à terme dans les banques de la place étant en devise à fin septembre 2004, et que de nombreuses zones du pays demeurent presque totalement démonétisées ou alors « dollarisées » voire même « CFA-isées » dans le Nord du pays. Du point de vue de la politique fiscale, un effort considérable a été fait pour accroître les recettes budgétaires, lesquelles n’atteignaient que 4,5% du PIB en 2000. Un certain nombre de réformes concernant l’OFIDA (Office des Douanes et Accises), l’ouverture d’un guichet unique à Matadi, la mise en place d’un département de suivi des gros contribuables, la réforme de certaines règles fiscales et la relance de la collecte des impôts dans les zones réunifiées ont permis d’augmenter la réalisation des recettes de 121% en 2002, de près de 50% en 2003 et encore de 36,7% en 2004.
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Suriname joint annual report 2004. Calendar year 2003

Suriname joint annual report 2004. Calendar year 2003

However, progress has not evolved as fast as expected and much remains to be done to implement the CSME by 31 December 2005. Non-tariff barriers need to be lifted in order to achieve a truly integrated goods market. The remaining restrictions to the right of establishment and the free movement of capital require action. Meanwhile, in terms of supporting institutions, the establishment of the Caribbean Court of Justice has been postponed to 2004. The Competition Commission (to ensure the implementation, understanding and respect of CARICOM competition law), CARICOM Accreditation Body (to ensure the mutual recognition of educational qualifications’ certificates) and CARICOM Regional Organisation for Standards and Quality (to establish and harmonise standards within CARICOM) are essential for the functioning of the Single Market. Whilst progress has been made to advance the establishment of these institutions, continued action will be needed in the region. The enactment of decisions taken at the Community level into domestic law should be evaluated, and action taken by Heads of State and Government to speed it up. Meanwhile, the economic integration process in CARICOM continues very slowly. Whilst in 2003 targets were agreed by member states to monitor progress in economic convergence, they are non-binding.
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Nigeria joint annual report 2003

Nigeria joint annual report 2003

Government fiscal policy was aimed at ensuring budgetary discipline, due process and value- for-money audits on key projects to improve allocative efficiency. But President Obasanjo admitted in his 2004 budget speech to the National Assembly in December 2003 that “the pace and pattern of expenditure left much to be desired in the year under review … large amounts of expected expenditure, e.g. for domestic debt service, were not included in the budget”. Other manifestations of fiscal indiscipline include budget deficit (averaging 4.7% of GDP in the past five years), slow and limited releases of capital budget (the 2003 budget was implemented at 50%) resulting in poor implementation of the budget. Inflation rose to 13.8% by December 2003. The government recorded 8.6% GDP growth in 2003, mainly due to 15% growth In the oil sector; non-oil growth was 5.83%. There was a 30% decrease in the euro value of the Naira – from N125.5 per €1 at the end of 2002 to N163.5 per €1 at the end of 2003, but this was largely due to general euro appreciation. Foreign reserves fell from $7.2 billion in 2002 to about $6.7 billion in 2003 (about 5 months of import cover), though they have since rebounded. In 2004 four ministries/agencies are to pilot civil service reform: the Ministries of Finance, of Information and of the Federal Capital Territory and the National Planning Commission.
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Tanzania joint annual report 2004

Tanzania joint annual report 2004

At the PRBS 2004 Mid-Year Review, in April 2004, Development Partners assessed progress in implementing actions under the performance assessment framework (PAF) as broadly satisfactory. Government was commended for progress in strengthening the poverty monitoring system, which facilitated the preparation of the Poverty and Human Development Report, the 3 rd PRS Progress report, and the guidelines and initial efforts for the preparation of a new PRS. Furthermore, macroeconomic stability has been maintained notwithstanding the effects of the drought. Efforts to improve domestic revenue generation were assessed as remaining broadly on track with tax collection above targets, and broadening of the tax base and modernisation of the tax administration progressing largely as planned. Finally, key elements of the reform of public service remain in line with plans, notably the continued decompression and enhancement of public service wages while maintaining fiscal prudence, which is critical to improve performance in the public sector.
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Mali rapport annuel conjoint 2004 = Mali joint annual report 2004

Mali rapport annuel conjoint 2004 = Mali joint annual report 2004

La fonction de l’Ordonnateur National (ON) est assurée au Mali par le Ministre des Affaires Etrangères et de la Coopération Internationale (MAECI), l’Ordonnateur National délégué étant le Directeur de la Coopération Internationale (DCI) du MAECI. Une Cellule d’appui à l’ON délégué a été crée en 1998 avec un appui sur les ressources du 7 ème FED, achevée en décembre 2003. Une évaluation des services de l’ON, a mis en évidence des faiblesses quant aux capacités de la Cellule en matière de programmation, de suivi et d’évaluation, limitant ses possibilités de remplir pleinement les fonctions assignées par les Conventions de Lomé et l’Accord de Cotonou. Il était des lors nécessaire de poursuivre l’appui à cette structure tout en renforçant son implication dans le dialogue sur les politiques, la conduite et le suivi du PIN et le soutien stratégique aux administrations techniques. C’est ainsi qu’un nouveau projet sur les ressources du 9 ème FED a été mis en place en mars 2004 avec pour objectif de renforcer les services de l’ON à travers la mise à disposition d’une Cellule performante d’appui-conseil. Le projet prévoit la mise à disposition d'une assistance technique ponctuelle ciblée, le recrutement de personnel local additionnel, la mise en œuvre des outils de gestion intégrée et un programme de formation spécialisé jumelé à des actions de communication et sensibilisation. Le volet assistance technique préparé en 2004 (marché conclu avec le bureau d’expertise « Geomar » en nov. 2004) consiste en la mise en place d’une équipe de trois AT courte durée chargés de l'élaboration d’une "démarche Qualité". Le projet prévoit pour 2005 l’installation de l’outil de gestion intégré TOMATE pour les services de l’ON, la DCE et les projets/programmes. Enfin, l’ON aura la responsabilité de la mise en œuvre de la facilité de coopération technique (TCF) qui prévoit des appuis essentiellement hors secteurs de concentration. En particulier, les secteurs tels que la société civile, le développement institutionnel et le développement rural bénéficieront d’appuis via la TCF en vue d’identifier les actions à venir.
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St. Kitts and Nevis joint annual report 2004

St. Kitts and Nevis joint annual report 2004

The authorities have embarked on a fiscal reform programme, beginning in 2003 with the assistance of the ECCB, and the programme has shown positive results. Administrative improvements at both the customs and Inland Revenue Departments together with higher level of economic activity resulted in higher revenue collections, which grew relatively more than expenditures despite wage increase, higher expenditures on goods and services and an increase in capital expenditures and net lending. As a result, the estimated current account deficit of EC$15 mn for 2004 was below that of EC$19 mn recorded for 2003. The rapid growth of the debt over the last five years reflected mainly the weak financial performance of the public sector and the financing of a large capital programme. The high level of indebtedness as well as high debt servicing costs is a major concern for the authorities. However, despite larger debt service obligations, the Government has always serviced its debt on a timely basis and has maintained strong relations with its creditors. The Government has indicated plans to contain and minimise the accumulation of debt and to rationalise the debt portfolio with a view to reducing debt service obligations. The debt sustainability programme contemplates a number of measures including a privatisation programme; careful review of the capital programme to identify core projects for financing, which will have a positive impact on growth and development; reducing the fiscal deficit; addressing the debt of the sugar industry; placement of bond issues on the regional and international markets and strengthening the capacity of the Debt Unit for analytical reviews and devising a meaningful strategy for future borrowing.
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Suriname joint annual report 2005. Calendar year 2004

Suriname joint annual report 2005. Calendar year 2004

An important part of the PSR process is the creation of jobs and economic growth within the Domestic Private Sector. However, the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) placed Suriname at the end of the country list (140 th position) in their 2004 World Investment Report. To deal with this issue, the Government has already initiated a number of measures to try and improve the investment climate in Suriname. In 2001 a new investment code was passed to Parliament and then activated by Presidential decree in June 2002. Furthermore, on 3 rd June 2002 an “Institute for the Promotion of Investments in Suriname” (InvestSur) was also established by law. However, by the end of 2004 InvestSur was not yet active. At the request of the Ministry of Finance, the Foreign Investment Advisory Service (FIAS), a joint facility of the International Finance Corporation (IFC) and the World Bank conducted a review of the InvestSur initiative and in a report published in May 2003 expressed that “the current initiative is not likely to improve Suriname’s investment environment to any significant degree”. The reason for this is twofold: The new Investment Law does not introduce the basic rights that an international investor expects; and instead, the law focuses practically exclusively on granting fiscal incentives, with the role of the new investment agency reduced to administering these incentives”.
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Vanuatu joint annual report 2004

Vanuatu joint annual report 2004

The Mid-Term Review, carried out during 2004, concluded on the good performance of the country in the use of the EDF funds. It also took into account the significant needs of the country in both the old and new areas of EC/EU policy objectives and commitments. Furthermore the high vulnerability of Vanuatu to national disasters has also been considered. On the basis of these considerations, the EC decided to allocate an additional € 5 million to A-envelope by retaining the focal sector of CSP, i.e. Education and Training. Emphasis however would be given to training in the productive sectors of tourism and agriculture, and the increased involvement of Non State Actors in the development process would be encouraged by supporting further their capacity building. Specific issues raised during the preparation/implementation of EDF interventions are dealt with in the following paragraphs.
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