Budget management

In recent years, the Government has undertaken a vast public finance management reform with the implementation of the WAEMU harmonized public finance management framework. In this context, it continued to implement the 2018-2020 Public Finance Reform Master Plan, which shifted in 2020 to budgeting program.

The budgeting program is the new methodology for preparing and executing the budget resulting from the implementation of the public finance management reform. In addition to taking into account the multi-annual budget, the budget is now prepared and executed by programs, using performance indicators that are subject to regular evaluation.

The switchover to budgeting program mode resulted in the introduction of a new legal and regulatory framework and new management tools, capacity building for budgetary stakeholders (e.i: Program managers, parliamentarians, members of the Government, Presidents of institutions and auditors) as well as the implementation of an innovative adapted budgetary information system.

Therefore, the Government as part of the budget operations automation has set up the Integrated Management System for State Budgetary Operations (SIGOBE). From March 28 to April 1, 2022, a seminar was held at the NSAH Hotel in Grand-Bassam to review Year-1 SIGOBE operations. By 2021, additional features testing (Ivorian diplomatic missions abroad, National Public Entities, decentralized territorial units) were put in place. Since 2022, a testing phase is currently ongoing before these additional modules get implemented by stakeholders.

In addition to the development of SIGOBE's additional features, the development of the E-suppliers module, which should allow the State's suppliers and economic operators to monitor the status of their invoices has also been completed. Features testing and implementation of this module is also scheduled to begin in FY 2022.

Furthermore, a performance conference will be held every year starting in 2022, prior to the preparation of the Multi-Year Economic Budgeting Program Document (MEBPD) and the notification of portions for the budget conferences.

Indeed, the accountability process that results in the production of the Annual Performance Report requires the implementation of a framework for consultation between the various budgetary stakeholders to ensure consistency between the performance frameworks and the strategy documents that impact the preparation of the Multi-year Expenditure Programming Document - Annual Performance Projects (MEPD-APP).

Finally, the Citizen Budget, a mass communication tool aimed at fostering citizens' ownership of Government’s actions, will contribute to improving public policies and fostering fiscal civic-mindedness, was first introduced on April 3rd, 2019. It is currently in its fourth edition and is being widely spread among the populations through various channels of communication (web communication, media communications, informational and awareness campaigns on a large domestic level).

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