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World Bank appoints advisory group on oil pipeline project

The World Bank on Wednesday appointed an International Advisory Group (IAG) on the Chad-Cameroon Petroleum Development and Pipeline Project, the Bank reported.

The IAG will advise the World Bank Group and the two governments on overall progress in implementing the project, including the key objective of reducing poverty in Chad, the World Bank said. In particular, the IAG will identify potential problems in the use of public revenues, the adequacy of civil society participation, progress in building institutional capacity, and more generally, issues of governance, environmental management and social impact.

It will recommend actions to the World Bank Group and the governments of Chad and Cameroon to address such problems, the Bank added.

The IAG will be headed by the former prime minister of Senegal, Mamadou Lamine Loum. It includes Jacques Gérin, former Canadian deputy minister of the environment; Professor Jane Guyer, director of the Program of African Studies at Northwestern University in the United States and Hilde Frafjord Johnson, former Norwegian minister of development and human rights.

Its other members are Abdou El Mazide Ndiaye, president of the Forum of African Voluntary Development Organizations (FOVAD - based in Senegal) and Dr. Dick de Zeeuw, a Dutch agricultural specialist and convenor of a similar independent panel on a project in Laos.

Gérin will serve as the executive secretary of the IAG, whose work is expected to continue for up to ten years. The Group is to visit Chad and Cameroon at least twice a year and report periodically to the World Bank's president and board of directors. These reports would be made public on the day they are submitted to the World Bank, the financial institution said.

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