Parliamentarians capacitated on management of economic and financial crises and budgeting oversightJul 27, 2016
Tunis- The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) organized a training workshop on the mechanisms of parliamentary discussions of the National Budget, on 24 to 27 July in Tunis. The training targeted 23 members of the Financial Committee, Financial Office and relevant committees on Budget and Financial analysis in Iraq’s Council of Representatives (CoR), in addition to members of the Financial and Economic Committees of Provincial Councils.
Held under UNDP’s Strengthening Participatory and Accountable Governance programme (SPAG), funded by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA), the workshop focused on the role of parliaments in the management of economic and financial crises and in developing local budget legislation. Additionally addressed was control of the implementation of the national budget, in terms of strategic planning for local development, and the oversight process.
Financial Advisor to Iraq’s CoR, Mr. Adnan Abdulazeez, said: “After this workshop, the CoR is more committed to launch work of the Budget Office that will be linked directly to the Office of the President, in order to support the Council and its financial committees and directorates in the preparation of the National Budget and the budgeting process as a whole.” The Budget Office was recently established, and is supposed to start working on the 2017 budget.
“This workshop helped to fill the gap between the national and local governments and to advocate for full engagement in the process of national and local budgeting, as well as for the tools used to oversee spending of the annual budget,” noted Member of the CoR’s Financial Committee, Mr. Jabbar Abdulkhaliq.Contact
Zeyad Al Obaidi, Acting Project Manager for SPAG