The World Bank has become the technical partner to the Partnership Initiative of Cities, a Polish program designed to facilitate knowledge exchange between cities and to support their sustainable development, according to the agreement signed by the World Bank and Polish Ministry of Development Funds and Regional Policy on Friday.
Over the course of this 14-month project, World Bank experts will help the participating cities identify impediments to sustainable urban development and propose solutions that can be employed over the next few years. The project is also intended to stimulate collaboration and participation in knowledge-sharing networks. The lessons learned will be instrumental in designing future support instruments that the Ministry may put in place to promote sustainable development.
“Through our new collaboration with Poland, we will support the Partnership Initiative of Cities by sharing our international expertise and best practice. The priority areas selected by the Ministry, such as digitization, public-private partnership, and green investments, resonate with the challenges that are currently faced by many cities in Poland and the entire European Union,” says Gallina A. Vincelette, World Bank Country Director for the European Union.