The PFM Reform Unit Hosted a Successful Workshop on the PFM Accountability Act (2016) in Hargeisa, 24 May 2017.
The PFM Reform Unit held the PFM and Accountability Act Stakeholders’ Workshop to inform and assist stakeholders responsible for the implementation of the Act as well as representatives of the citizens of Somaliland. The workshop covered key highlights of the PFMA Act including information on key Budget Documentation, the PFM Reform Process and the roles and responsibilities of individual institutions and stakeholders.
The workshop was formally inaugurated by Hon. Zamzam Abdi, the Minister of Finance, along with the Ministers of Agriculture, the Director General of the Minister of Health.The session was chaired by PFM Coordinator Dr Mohamed Samater. The Minister of Finance and the Ministers of other PFM Pilot Line Ministries – LMs (Agriculture, Health and Education) introduced the workshop by covering the importance of the PFM process in general and the PFMA Act in particular. The speakers were:
- Mohamed Samater – PFMRU Coordinator
- Mohamed Hassan Ibrahim – DG, MoF
- Omer Ahmed Suleyman – Chairman of Economic Committee, HoR
- Zamzam Abdi Adan, Minister, MoF
- Aden Ibrahim Ashqar – Vice-Minister, MoAg – Spoke after Presentation
- Abdulkader Jama Hamud – PAC, HoR
- Abdirazak Said Ayanle – Secretary, HoR
In his speech, Hon. Omer Ahmed Suleyman , Chairman of the Parliamentary Economic Committee, mentioned that
The Economic Committee considers the PFM Unit and the Ministry of Finance as partners in implementing the PFMA Act, despite the many challenges that we faced before passing the Act. Nos it is time to implement the Act and even more effort is required to ensure effective and efficient use of public funds towards meeting the goals of the National Developmet Plan (NDP2).
The lead speaker for the workshop was Mr Jeevun Sandher (Economic Advisor, PFM Reform Unit – PFMRU), whilst the rest of the PFMRU staff acted as facilitators during the plenary sessions which followed the main presentation.
At the completion of the workshop it was expected that PFM stakeholders at the political, managerial and technical level would have a clear understanding of how to enhance services and practices so as to conform to the requirements of the PFMA Act. In particular, all participants should:
- Understand the PFMA Act and its Objectives
- Understand the specific implications for themselves and their organization
- Identify the strengths and weaknesses of their organization in being able to implement the PFMA Act
- Determine success factors for implementation of the PFMA Act
- Understand the interconnectivity and interdependency of different institutions and departments as far as implementing PFM reform according to the Act
- Understand the budget process for the Central Government and associated Public Bodies
- Understand key budget documents required under PFM
- Agree on broad principles for the way forward as refers to implementation of the Act.
Mr Jeevun Sandher gave a presentation highlighting the contents of the PFMA Acts, and in particular details relevant to each of the stakeholders present or represented. An outline of the content is as follows:
- Key Terms and Definitions
- Benefits of the Act
- Budget Frameworks and the PFM Process
- Key Documentation
- Accountability in the PFMA Act
- Direct Implications of the Act per Official or Institution
Additional training materials provided in the Workshop by the PFMR Unit can be found here.
WORKING GROUP SESSIONS
Participants were divided into three Working Groups (WG) to discuss implications of the PFMA Act on their specific roles / institutions, and the PFM Pillar to which they are most closely aligned. The WG broadly followed the pillars of the PFM program and participants representing different stakeholder groups were selected for each WG as follows:
Pillar 1 Working Group (Budget Preparation)
- Ministry of Finance Budget Department
- Ministry of Finance Planning and Statistics Department
- Line Ministries (Agriculture, Health and Education)
- Central Bank of Somaliland
- Department of Inland Revenue
- Customs Department
Pillars 3 and 4 Working Group (Budget Execution and Accounting)
- Local Government
- Accountant General
- MoF Budget Department
- Hargeisa Water Agency
Pillar 5 Working Group (PFM Oversight)
- Internal audit Section
- Auditor General
- Accountant General
- Civil Society
- House of Representatives – Parliamentary Accounts Committee
- House of Representatives – Budget Committee
- Parliament Budget Office
- Civil Society.
Each WG was asked a set of questions that directly addresses their area of work and the implementation of the Act, in particular:
- What are each officials’/institutions’ current work practices?
- What are each officials’ understanding of the PFMA Act?
- What are each organizations’ strengths and weaknesses?
- How can each organization implement the PFMA Act in this year and beyond?
All participants were encouraged to participate and express their ideas, opinions or concerns.
The participants were active in asking questions and giving feedback and opinions during the plenary session that led up to the group presentations. As per the Workshop’s objectives, participants expressed that: (1) They understood the PFMA Act appreciate its main requirements, (2) They understood the budgeting process, budget documents required under PFM, and (3) They understand key concepts on financial management for various Public Bodies and officials.