|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. As for the recruitment of a firm to provide training onUnder the Strategic Project Development, the The TOR and budget is are being revised by the EA for the recruitment of a firm to provide training on Strategic Project Development for a cost of $1.4 million and this is to be submitted for ADB review before reposting in CMS.
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. Two other training programs on e-governance and public finance are planned to take place in quarter four of 2014 at the Academy of Financial Studies, Sri Lanka.
|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 $30.8 million. Subsequent to ADB's cancellation of this portion, it was replaced by Government financing. EA, however, committed that RAMIS will be implemented using government funds. The Government of Sri Lanka is committed to restructure the project to ensure timely implementation of deliverables. The RAMIS procurement has been structured in a manner consistent with the technical specifications prepared under FMEP. The RAMIS contract was awarded to Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (the IT arm of the Government of Singapore) in June 2014. The time frame leading to roll-out is over the next 28 months from the time of implementation.
On June 28 2013, ITMIS contract was awarded to Samsung SDS Co. Ltd at a total negotiated price of US$ 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. As of today, ITMIS disbursement was 15% of contract value and ITMIS implementation progress is quite slow and is 5 months behind the original time schedule. 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. Ministry of Finance is expecting to finalize this stage by April 2015. Samsung and the Ministry of Finance have not still finalized the Go-Live web portal of the Ministry, which was originally part of the first payment milestone of SIP contract. 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. The new Finance Minister appointed in January 2015 has advised the SIP to expedite the ITMIS implementation and to have the system ready for use by end September 2015. The Minister is keen to make use of ITMIS when preparing the government Budget 2016.
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.