PEMPAL Newsletter
January - March, 2015

PEMPAL connected 172 people in 5 face-to-face and 1 video conference meetings in the first quarter of 2015

172 participants, of which 113 were member country representatives, 30 resource team participants to support technical content, 9 observers, and 20 administrative staff to support logistical, administrative and translation needs met together face-to-face or took part in thematic videoconferences.
Up to 22 member countries came together in:

  • 1 plenary meeting of all members (BCOP)
  • 4 study visits (TCOP, BCOP and IACOP)
  • 1 video-conference meeting (BCOP)

5 countries hosted PEMPAL events: Armenia , Austria, South Korea, Moldova  and South Africa.
Details of number and type of participants by event, date and location are available here.

PEMPAL discussed  6 key public financial management issues chosen by its members

Budget Community of Practice

Internal Audit Community of Practice

Treasury Community of Practice

PEMPAL shared 215 relevant PFM related documents to support discussions

This included 76 PowerPoint presentations which illustrated country cases, latest approaches and results of discussions and 126 text documents translated and delivered to ensure all our members got access to, and shared, information in the official languages of PEMPAL – English, Russian and Bosnian-Croatian-Serbian. Key PFM documents translated and distributed to members, including knowledge products developed by the COPs, to support discussions are listed here.

Leadership Activities supported the network

The Steering Committee met once during this period to provide effective strategic oversight to PEMPAL. Minutes can be found here.

The TCOP Executive Committee met once in Vienna, Austria, the BCOP Executive Committee held their last meeting back-to-back to plenary meeting in  Yerevan, Armenia, while the IACOP Executive Comittee held their last meeting back-to-back to their events in Bucharest, Romania, in december 2014. The executive comittees  comprise volunteer member countries to provide strategic and operational oversight to their respective COPs. Minutes of their meetings can be found here (BCOP, TCOP, IACOP)

Discussions and sharing of information brought significant results

Objectives and key results for each  major meeting are captured in event reports.  Event reports and presentations usually include the status of reforms in participating countries, identification of good practices and challenges, lessons learnt, and next steps. A summary of these can be found here

Positive Feedback was gained from Members

Results from surveys of members distributed after each PEMPAL event, overall satisfaction ranged from  4,1  to 4,9 out of a possible 5.0. Click here  for detailed results from these surveys. Improvements identified in these surveys were considered and implemented by the COP Executive Committees as outlined in minutes to Executive Committees meetings

Recent and upcoming events

BCOP:

  • Budget Literacy Workshop / OECD SBO meeting, Warsaw, Poland, May 20-22, 2015
  • Wage Bill Working Group, Videoconference, June 10, 2015

IACOP:

  • Study Visit to the Hague, the Netherlands, May 11-13, 2015
  • Thematic Meeting on Modern Internal Audit (IA) and Financial Management and Control (FMC) - Implementation Challenges, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, June 10-12, 2015

TCOP:

  • TCOP thematic videoconference on Cash management, April 9, 2015
  • TCOP thematic videoconference on Accounting Standards, April 21, 2015
  • TCOP plenary meeting on  Treasury Controls and Cash Management, Tirana, Albania, May 20 - 22, 2015
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