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Afghanistan: Public Management Support

Sovereign (Public) Project | 48419-001 Status: Active

The Public Management Support technical assistance (TA) will strengthen the capacity of the Ministry of Finance (MOF) to conduct sophisticated management analysis and decision making as the country addresses new and complex challenges in economic and fiscal policy reform. The TA will also establish an oversight regime in MOF to properly monitor the financial performance and delivery of services in Afghanistan's state-owned enterprises (SOEs) and state-owned corporations (SOCs). The TA will be implemented over 39 months.

The impact of the TA has strengthened Afghanistan's institutions and improved performance of SOEs and SOCs. This impact is aligned with the Afghanistan National Development Strategy. The outcome will be improved public sector decision making.

The TA will have the following outputs:

- Output 1: Increased understanding of public financial management, procurement, and anti-corruption issues.

- Output 2: Improved economic and fiscal policy management.

Project Details

Project Officer
Renadi Budiman Central and West Asia Department Request for information
Country
  • Afghanistan
Modality
  • Technical Assistance
Sector
  • Public sector management
 
Project Name Public Management Support
Project Number 48419-001
Country Afghanistan
Project Status Active
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 8976-AFG: Public Management Support
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 1.50 million
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Gender Equity and Mainstreaming
Governance and capacity development
Sector / Subsector

Public sector management / Economic affairs management - Public expenditure and fiscal management - Reforms of state owned enterprises

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Some gender elements
Description

The Public Management Support technical assistance (TA) will strengthen the capacity of the Ministry of Finance (MOF) to conduct sophisticated management analysis and decision making as the country addresses new and complex challenges in economic and fiscal policy reform. The TA will also establish an oversight regime in MOF to properly monitor the financial performance and delivery of services in Afghanistan's state-owned enterprises (SOEs) and state-owned corporations (SOCs). The TA will be implemented over 39 months.

The impact of the TA has strengthened Afghanistan's institutions and improved performance of SOEs and SOCs. This impact is aligned with the Afghanistan National Development Strategy. The outcome will be improved public sector decision making.

The TA will have the following outputs:

- Output 1: Increased understanding of public financial management, procurement, and anti-corruption issues.

- Output 2: Improved economic and fiscal policy management.

- Output 3: Improved oversight of SOEs and SOCs.

Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

In ADB's Country Operations Business Plan for Afghanistan for 2015-2017, $1.5 million is programmed for the Public Management Support TA. ADB's Country Partnership Strategy (CPS) 2009-2013 for Afghanistan identified infrastructure investments as a necessary contributor to rapid economic growth and poverty reduction with a focus on public sector management. Private sector development, governance and anticorruption and capacity development were priority cross-cutting themes. The Interim CPS (2014-2015) continues the focus of the 2009-2013 strategy while a new strategy is being prepared. The CPS, 2009-2013 was fully aligned with the Afghanistan National Development Strategy (ANDS), 2013 and ADB's Strategy 2020. ANDS is the government's poverty reduction strategy that envisions a stable Afghanistan by 2020 based on constitutional democracy with social equity, environmental sustainability, and a market economy led by the private sector. To reiterate commitment to reforms, the government has also prepared an economic development strategy, Realizing Self-Reliance. The strategy stresses restoring fiscal sustainability, building better governance and bolstering private sector growth.

The TA remains in line with the Afghanistan National Peace and Development Framework (ANPDF: 2017 - 2021), and the National Infrastructure Plan (2017 - 2021). It is also in line with the ADB CPS (2017 - 2021) and COBP (2019 - 2021). The TA would help the government to identify and to potentially reform its SOEs, and support the government to improve its macro-fiscal policy. The continuation of the TA is included in the COBP (2019 - 2021) - which is still subject to ADB Management Approval.

Impact Strengthen Afghanistan''s institutions and improve the performance of SOEs and SOCs.
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome Improved public sector decision making
Progress Toward Outcome Progress toward this outcome is on-going.
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

1.Increased understanding of public financial management, procurement, and anticorruption issues

2. mproved economic and fiscal policy management

3. Improved oversight of SOEs and SOCs

Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues) Progress toward these outputs is on-going. Currently, the process of having a general chart of accounts for SOEs is in near completion. The adoption of the general chart of accounts and the conversion of the accounting practice for the SOEs to accrual basis based on the International Financial Reporting Standard (IFRS) is on-going.
Geographical Location Nation-wide
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design Other development partners have complementary assistance programs in the areas of public financial management and financial sector development. USAID and US Treasury, the UK's Department for International Development, and Australia's Department for Foreign Affairs and Trade are assisting the Afghan government in various areas of public financial management. Their support focuses on revenue (improving collection, broadening the tax base and reducing corruption), public financial management (budget operations, budget expenditure and treasury operations) and similar issues in line ministries. Many donor programs on public financial management are coming to an end reflecting a general winding down of operations in Afghanistan. The story on the financial sector side is different with few donors supporting financial sector reforms. However, no donor supports work in SOEs/SOCs or Islamic finance.
During Project Implementation Various meetings have been held with the government counterparts, especially with the Ministry of Finance (Administration) to discuss the progress of the TA as well as the adoption of the draft outputs for implementation.
Business Opportunities
Consulting Services A total of 202 person-months of international (14 months) and national (188 months) consulting services are required to ensure that the technical assistance (TA) project is effectively managed and the intended outcome is achieved. Only individuals were engaged as firms are unlikely to be interested in contracts requiring a high number of national consultants. The individuals were selected in accordance with the ADB Guidelines on the Use of Consultants (2013, as amended from time to time).
Procurement Not applicable.
Responsible ADB Officer Renadi Budiman
Responsible ADB Department Central and West Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Afghanistan Resident Mission
Executing Agencies
Ministry of Finance
Eklil Ahmad Hakimi, Minister
[email protected]
Pashtunistan Watt, Kabul, Islamic Republic of Afghanistan
Timetable
Concept Clearance 03 Jul 2015
Fact Finding 06 Aug 2015 to 09 Aug 2015
MRM -
Approval 16 Oct 2015
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 27 Sep 2018

TA 8976-AFG

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
16 Oct 2015 03 Nov 2015 03 Nov 2015 31 Dec 2018 31 May 2019 -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
1,500,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 1,500,000.00 16 Oct 2015 1,376,958.62

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Title Document Type Document Date
Public Management Support: Technical Assistance Report Technical Assistance Reports Oct 2015

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Tenders

Tender Title Type Status Posting Date Deadline
Commercial Legal Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed 11 Apr 2018 17 Apr 2018

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