Dili, October 28th 2019: His Excellency, Prime Minister Taur Matan Ruak welcomed, this Monday, the Deputy Head of the Budgetary and Public Expenditure Division of the Organization for Cooperation and Economic Development (OECD), Andrew Blazery, accompanied by Ana Maria Ruiz Rivadeneira, who heads the Infrastructure Governance and Public-Private Partnership Services, in an audience at the Government Palace.
At this meeting, which was also attended , y Brígida Brites Soares the Coordinator of the Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation Unit (UPMA) of the Government of Timor-Leste, the OECD team informed the Head of Government about the visit of this delegation to Timor-Leste, whose objective is to evaluate the implementation of the program budgeting roadmap, that the Government began to implement in 2019.
The Head of Government took this opportunity to thank the OECD team, which has already supported the Government of Timor-Leste in preparing the program budgeting and also asked the delegation to make a critical analysis of what has already been done so that the Government can improve program planning for the coming years.
The UPMA Coordinator, Brígida Brites Soares, explained that: “Last year, the OECD has come to see how the Government was developing these reforms and, in its assessment, asked for the continuation of program budgeting. This year, the Government has fully used program budgeting for 86 entities, including state, municipal and RAEOA entities. For 2020, the Government will try to develop program budgeting in 137 cases”, the UPMA Coordinator informed to journalists after the meeting.
The presence of the OECD delegation in Timor-Leste this year, aims to do consultations with relevant entities whose programs are among the priorities for the year 2020, in order to make an assessment of the programs that are being implemented, to check whether implementation is following established mechanisms and, if not already, to give suggestions on how to improve the implementation of these programs in the next fiscal year.
The team also delivered the 2018 assessment report to Prime Minister, who shall present it at the Council of Ministers meeting.
Also present at this meeting were Counsellor Nick Cumpston, and the First Secretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFT) of Australian Embassy, Ben Kybert.
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