ISLAMABAD - Notwithstanding the World Bank Constitution prohibits intervention in domestic politics of respective countries, the WB is moving fast from the infrastructure and development assistance to policy and governance areas. This transpired from an off the cuff discussion with visiting consultant of the WB for Country Assessment Strategy 2006-09 review. Participants included selected journalists, eminent writers, and civil society representatives. According to the WB Consultant Harry Garnett, the CAS stands at three pillars namely: sustaining high and broad based growth and improving competitiveness; strengthening governance and service delivery; improving lives and protecting vulnerable. To a question about projects left over from the outgoing CAS-2006-09, he said, In terms of disbursement, $2.3 billion have already been released till May 2009 out of the committed $3 billion. However, he admitted in terms of goals achievement, the results in the area of fist pillar were disastrous. As many as 20 projects were pushed forwarded from 2008 to 2009, while six of them were cancelled altogether. Citing reasons for these what he termed disastrous results in sustaining growth he said it was due to unprecedented circumstances in Pakistan of both political transition from military to civil rule as well as security challenges. Moreover he mentioned that change in World Bank policy towards policy and governance in 2007 also coincided the changing macroeconomic and security environment, both domestically and globally. Still he was appreciative of economy management in the country given the uphill challenges of economic revival and security. The WB consultant noted the observations in agreement with the participants that the dissemination of the Banks agreements with the government of Pakistan down to the grassroots level would improve the image of the Bretton Woods Institution. He also assured that the input taken from the discussion would reflect the next CAS for coming three years.