|Progress Toward Outcome
The National University of Singapore was recruited by the EA in January 2013 on a QCBS basis to conduct training programs on E-Governance and Change Management for the senior staff of the Inland Revenue Department (IRD) and MOFP. In January 2013, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy was also recruited by the EA on a QCBS basis to conduct executive training for staff of MOFP in Public Finance and Strategic Management.
An Executive Training Program on "Effective Performance Management Systems Best Practices" was concluded on a SSS basis for senior government officials by Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy in September 2013.
6 training programs on areas related to public financial management were conducted by the National University of Singapore and Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy for relevant government officials from 2011 onwards to-date.
|Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)
From the original loan amounting to $50.0 million, the RAMIS portion amounting to $19.2 million was cancelled, effective 11 February 2013. The FMEP loan amount is now $30.8 million. Subsequent to ADB's cancellation of this portion, it was replaced by Government financing. The RAMIS procurement has been structured in a manner consistent with the technical specifications prepared under FMEP. The RAMIS contract was awarded to Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (the IT arm of the Government of Singapore) in June 2014.
On June 28 2013, ITMIS contract was awarded to Samsung SDS Co. Ltd at a total negotiated price of US$ 17,755,092 + LKR 30,000,000 as provided and installed costs (ADB financing) plus US$5,023,181 + LKR9,575,280 as recurrent costs during warranty period to be financed by the Government. The contract was signed as planned on 14 August 2013 and project implementation started in September 2013. The As-Is and To-Be Study Phases were completed in 2014 but the PMU highlighted that there were certain gaps in As-Is and To-Be study phases, which the System Implementation Partner (SIP), Samsung had committed for addressing such gaps during the system requirement stage (SRS) stage. Accordingly, only a conditional sign-off was provided for completion of these two phases. ITMIS is currently at requirement specification stage and so far Ministry of Finance has given clearance for 13 out of 14 modules, except cash planning module. Currently, negotiations between Samsung and Ministry of Finance to solve issues involved in cash planning module is ongoing. The new Finance Minister appointed in January 2015 advised Samsung to expedite the ITMIS implementation and to have the budget planning module ready for use to prepare the Government Budget by mid-October 2015. Before budget planning module goes live in October, test operations, user acceptance testing, third party testing, gathering required data for migration should be completed.
Samsung and the Ministry of Finance have not still finalized the Go-Live web portal of the Ministry. In order to minimize ITMIS implementation delays, the SIP has undertaken milestones from the successive stages, i.e the SRS and system configuration phases are now simultaneously carried out.
So far, 5 training and capacity building components have been completed in the areas of public finance and strategic management, e-Governance, change management, performance management systems, business English and various knowledge sharing sessions internationally. A training program on Advanced Management Development was conducted by the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the Academy of Financial Studies in Sri Lanka in March 2014 to benefit a larger number of government officials.