Governance & Policy Project (GPP)

Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA)

Brainstorming Session on FATA PFM Strategy

Governance and Policy Project (GPP)  FATA, a MDTF funded project has organized a 2 day brainstorming workshop

Governance and Policy Project (GPP)  FATA, a MDTF funded project has organized a 2 day brainstorming workshop to help develop a Public Financial Management strategy for visible and tangible improvements in financial reporting and monitoring in FATA. In this regard PEFA assessment in FATA was carried out in 2013-14 in consultation with all stakeholders including World Bank.

The workshop was attended by representatives of Finance department from agencies and Frontier Regions of FATA as well as Secretary Finance Mr. Hazrat Masud Mian, while from the World Bank Ms. Clelia Rontoyanni, Mr. Sher Shah and Mr. Wasim Kazmi were in attendance. Speaking on the occasion Mr. Hazrat Masud Mian, Secretary Finance FATA said that the Public Financial Management Accountability Assessment (PFMAA) is to be undertaken for the first time in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas. He further elaborated that it was designed to establish a baseline for instituting basic mechanisms of financial accountability and to move toward setting up of a PFM system similar to those of subnational government entities. He appreciated Governance & Policy Project (GPP FATA) for the successful completion of this initiative by bringing together development partners and public servants for better results and thanked the World Bank for the support provided for undertaking this task in a collaborative manner.

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Coordinator GPP FATA Mohammad Zahoor gave a brief presentation on Public Expenditure and Financial Accountability (PEFA) report pertaining to FATA conducted 2013-14. He shared that PEFA assessment provides a thorough, consistent and evidence - base analysis of PEFM performance. He mentioned PEFA FATA recommendations and stressed that there is a need to establish financial arrangements in FATA that give clearer responsibilities and authority along the lines of other subnational units of government.

A transparent mechanism of fiscal transfers to the agencies that takes into account the specific requirement of the agencies based on population, area, population density, poverty or lack of infrastructure.

Moreover there is a need to establish clear principles of transparency and communications of Public financial information to FATA Communities and Citizens and establishment of Internal Audit Unit in FATA secretariat to recognize the importance of introducing discipline, transparency and effectiveness in PFM system to restore the credibility of FATA amongst its citizens and its partners.

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