PEMPAL Newsletter
January - March, 2016

PEMPAL connected 301 people in 5 face-to-face and 1 video conference meetings in the first quarter of 2016

301 participants, of which 236 were member country representatives, 38 resource team participants to support technical content, 5 observers, and 22 administrative staff to support logistical, administrative and translation needs met together face-to-face or took part in thematic video-conferences.
Up to 25 member countries came together in:

  • 2 plenary meetings of all members (BCOP, IACOP)
  • 3 thematic working groups' meetings (TCOP, IACOP, BCOP)
  • 1 video-conference meeting (Cross COP Steering Committee)

3 countries hosted PEMPAL events: Czech Republic, Belarus, Turkey
Details of number and type of participants by event, date and location are available here.

PEMPAL discussed 4 key public financial management issues chosen by its members

Budget Community of Practice

Internal Audit Community of Practice

Treasury Community of Practice

PEMPAL shared 75 relevant PFM related documents to support discussions

This included 65 PowerPoint presentations which illustrated country cases, latest approaches and results of discussions and 10 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 (February 11) via VC during this period to provide effective strategic oversight to PEMPAL. Link to the minutes can be found here.

The BCOP Executive Committee met twice in Minsk, Belarus, during the annual plenary meeting, while the IACOP Executive Committee held its last meeting back-to-back to their events in Prague, Czech Republic. The Executive Committees comprise volunteer member countries, which provide strategic and operational oversight to their respective COPs. Accessible minutes of BCOP meetings can be found here.

Discussions and sharing of information brought significant results

Objectives and key results for each major meeting are captured in event reports and/or round table discussions to identify key learnings and their application.  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 show that overall satisfaction ratings ranged from 4,5 to 5,0 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.

Upcoming events

BCOP:

  • Study Visit – Public Sector Pay Reforms and Wage Bill Management Practice in Ljubljana, Slovenia
  • Workshop on the 2016 OECD Performance Budgeting Survey (June 27) and BCOP participation in the OECD Central, Eastern and South-Eastern Europe (CESEE) Senior Budget Officials (SBO) meeting (June 28-29) held back-to-back in Ljubljana, Slovenia

TCOP:

  • TCOP Thematic videoconference on Use of Information Technologies in Treasury Operations, Videoconference
  • TCOP Plenary Meeting (Chisinau, Moldova, June 1-3)
  • Meeting of the TCOP thematic group on Use of IT in treasury operations (Chisinau, Moldova,  June-3-4)
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