The World Bank Group Country Partnership Strategy (CPS) for Belarus for the period 2013–17 guides both World Bank and International Finance Corporation (IFC) support to the country. Belarus’ portfolio has grown rapidly since the approval of the CPS, from US$457.5 million in June 2013 to US$973.2 million as of June 1, 2017.
Key Engagement World Bank–supported programs have delivered important development results with respect to transport infrastructure, water supply, waste management, energy efficiency, and public services. For example, 53 kilometers (km) of road between Minsk and Bobrujsk have been upgraded from a two to four-lane motorway, reducing transport costs for users and lowering road accidents. In addition, pupils, teachers, doctors, and patients now receive upgraded and more reliable utility services in 1,000 social sector buildings in all regions of Belarus.
Other expected results are:
• Construction of a modern mechanical waste separation plant has been completed in Grodno and is under the testing phase, and a public awareness campaign will result in the participation of 80% of Grodno residents in a source waste separation program by 2017, up from 16% before the project.
• 324,000 people living in 20 districts across the country will be connected to clean and reliable water services by 2018.
• 243,000 people will benefit from energy efficiency in heat and power generation by 2017.
• 145 megawatts of additional electric capacity from modern gas turbines is being installed, and the efficiency of heat and power generation at the project sites will be increased by 15–30% by 2017.
• 79,000 Belarusians living in 13 towns will benefit from the efficient use of renewable biomass in heat and electricity generation by 2019. The cost of the heat supply is expected to be reduced on average by 63% in these towns.
• 154 km of road linking Minsk and Grodno will be upgraded by 2019.
• 4.5 million hectares of forests outside protected areas will be managed as biodiversity friendly by 2020.
• By 2018, Belarus will participate in the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA), the internationally comparable system of evaluating student learning.
• The e-Health system will soon become operational, and by 2022, the BelMAPO simulation center for the improvement of health care provider competency in noncommunicable disease management will be established and a modern neonatal department constructed.
Focus Areas: increasing the competitiveness of the economy by supporting structural reforms, including reducing the role of the state, transforming the SOE sector, and promoting private and financial sector development and integration into the global economy; improving the quality and efficiency of public infrastructure services and the use of agricultural and forestry resources, and increasing global public goods benefits; and enhancing human development outcomes through better education, health, and social services.