KARACHI - The World Bank is in the process of formulating a new Country Strategy Assistance (CAS) for Pakistan that will cover the banks programme from FY2010-2014, reliable sources told The Nation. WB has also started consultation process with the government departments at Federal and provincial levels and other stakeholders of development sector to complete the strategy by November 2009. The proposed consultative sessions will be held during July-August period to solicit views of Federal and provincial governments, their perspectives on the performance of the banks programmes under last Country Assistance Strategy, development priorities for the country, Governments strategy for the next four years and potential contributions that the World Bank can make towards achieving the intended results. The discussions will also focus on development issues and priorities for Pakistan and potential areas for Banks intervention to provide sufficient flexibility to adapt demands in a challenging macroeconomic and security landscape of Pakistan. In continuation of discussion process, the WB is organising a consultative session with Sindh government on 29th July in Karachi, which would be attended by senior officials and technical level staff of provincial government as well as districts, managing the implementation of development activities on the ground, sources said. The WBs brief note of 'Country Assistance Strategy which has been sent to Sindh govt contains general discussion framework and specific questions which to be discussed with Federal and provincial governments of Pakistan. The proposed framework will cover the four-year programming period of FY2010-2014 and will build on the knowledge, diagnostics and analytical work undertaken over the years by the bank and other development actors in Pakistan, the WB paper said, adding that it will also take into account the results and lessons learnt from the Banks past programmes in the country and will be developed to reflect the Government of Pakistans development priorities as given under Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper, provincial developments plans and inputs received from key stakeholders including the government officials, development partners, private sector, leading academics and civil society at large. The WB has also given guidelines for discussion with the governments at Federal and provincial level, which said, 'what are the most pressing development issues and priorities for Pakistan in the next four years, workable solutions/ options to address these issues, and what results/ outcomes can be realistically achieved in the context of complex political, economic and security landscape of Pakistan. However, the WB has also given eight specific questions for discussions that include the need of fiscal space to make progress in many areas as revenue generation is a critical issue for Pakistan. The bank has raised some questions such as what can be done in the area of tax reforms to enhance revenue generation, what are the constraints for implementation of needed reforms and why the country has not been able to achieve the intended results over the years? Similarly, the social safety issues have also been included in the discussion points of World Bank that aim to find out Pakistans social safety nets programmes, focusing the right issues, gaps and needs to direct more efforts and resources. Meanwhile, the power sector is also being given a special focus in the discussion as energy crisis in Pakistan is crippling growth, so what are the key interventions to prioritise in next four years and how can we address the gaps in the current sector development approach. According to paper, available with The Nation, the WB will also discuss the reforms achieved in the education and health sectors during last five years, improvements in provision of access to education and critical areas for investment in the both sectors. Similarly, WB will also discuss the priority interventions to improve agriculture productivity, efficiency and value addition in Pakistan, while questions such as what went wrong with Pakistans strategy for agriculture development and what lessons learnt will also come under discussion.