Marshall Islands: Public Financial Management Project

Sovereign Project | 50295-001

Project Details

  • Project Officer
    Rabanal, Rommel F.
    Pacific Department
    Request for information
  • Country/Economy
    Marshall Islands
  • Sector
    • Public sector management
Project Name Public Financial Management Project
Project Number 50295-001
Country / Economy Marshall Islands
Project Status Active
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Grant
Source of Funding / Amount
Grant 0547-RMI: Public Financial Management Project
Asian Development Fund US$ 2.00 million
Grant 0658-RMI: Public Financial Management Project (additional financing)
Asian Development Fund US$ 500,000.00
Grant 0795-RMI: Public Financial Management Project (Second Additional Financing)
Asian Development Fund US$ 2.00 million
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Gender Equity and Mainstreaming
Governance and capacity development
Knowledge solutions
Partnerships
Sector / Subsector

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

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Some gender elements
Description The project will enhance the institutional capacity of the Ministry of Finance (MOF) to effectively implement PFM and state-owned enterprise (SOE) reforms.
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy The project is consistent with ADB's Pacific Approach 2016-2020 and supports (i) PFM improvements in order to achieve the outcome of greater resilience to external economic and financial shocks, and (ii) increased financial efficiency of SOEs in order to achieve the outcome of a more conducive environment for business. The project remains aligned with Pacific Approach 2021-2025, which serves as the current Country Partnership Strategy for the RMI, in prioritizing PFM improvements as a means to achieve a strategic objective of preparing for and responding to shocks, toward a broader goal of building resilience.
Impact

More effective governance achieved

Project Outcome
Description of Outcome

Public financial management improved

Progress Toward Outcome The Reform Coordination Unit (RCU) remains fully staffed and operational. Progress on the project is satisfactory since project effectiveness on 17 October 2017 and project activities remain on track.
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

The MOF's institutional capacity to implement the PFM Reform Roadmap strengthened

MOF's institutional capacity to implement SOE reforms strengthened

Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)

The MOF's institutional capacity to implement the PFM Reform Roadmap strengthened

a. Strengthened PFM Legal and Policy Framework: Accounting Manual; Travel Procedures Manual; Continuing PFM roadmap briefings with Minister of Finance and PFM Reform Steering Committee and Chief Secretary; and Continuing coordinated discussions and informal working group of ADB (and RCU) IMF, World Bank and PFTAC under the Improved Tax Administration component. Fiscal Responsibility and Debt Management Act and related regulations was enacted effective 8 June 2021.

b. Improved Budgeting Framework: facilitated finalization of the National Strategic Plan 2020-2030; ongoing (i) framework and templates design to align Sector Plans with Ministry Strategic Plans; (ii) closer integration of capital budgeting with recurrent budgets for ongoing operating and maintenance costs for FY23 budget process; (iii) work with PFTAC to improve the current Annual Budget Book and macro-forecasting; (iv) Ministries Portfolio Budgeting for FY23 budget.

c. Annual reporting by line ministries: National Planning Framework and Key Performance Indicators

d. Improved cash management: simplified cash monitoring template for Treasury and Accounting

e. Strengthened procurement management: close coordination with World Bank project in designing an FMIS (Completed)

f. Improved payroll management: facilitated adoption of ADB funded HRMIS and its potential interface with the FMIS; Continuous RCU work with the FMIS vendor and MOF regarding the preparation for the migration from 4Gov to new FMIS for the FY2023 budget

g. Strengthened asset management: development of Fixed Asset Management Manual; draft Asset Management manual for SOEs has been prepared and is subject to review prior to implementation with SOEs during 2022

h. Introduction of a performance-based management framework: initial performance agreements signed with critical agencies

i. Improved management of imprest accounts of all RMI embassies: Procedures Manual finalized

j. Strengthened external audit function: pilot government accounting class

k. Improved aid coordination: update of the Development Assistance Policy

l. PFM reform communications and training: various publications, awareness-raising activities, training sessions

m. Improved debt management debt Management training ongoing for MOF Management Team (ADB) with the goal of establishing a debt management unit under Improved Debt Management component. Fiscal Responsibility and Debt Management Act and related regulations was enacted effective 8 June 2021.

n. Improved tax administration: Project team leader continues to work as part of a working group (ADB, PFTAC, World Bank, MOF) to discuss and continue to develop a roadmap for implementing part of the tax reform recommendations.

The MOF's institutional capacity to implement SOE reforms strengthened

SOE Monitoring Unit (SOEMU) formally established by Cabinet Paper May 11 2018 (current staff: 3)CSO Process established and principles of requesting and negotiating with SOEs regarding CSOs confirmed by Cabinet Paper May 11 2018. Ongoing work with 3 targeted SOEs to assess legitimacy of CSOs through June 2021.SOE business plans (draft) submitted (10 of 11 SOEs) as per SOEMU deadlines.

Geographical Location Nation-wide
Safeguard Categories
Environment C
Involuntary Resettlement C
Indigenous Peoples C
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects There will be no environmental impacts.
Involuntary Resettlement In the absence of any civil works, the project will not result in any involuntary resettlement impacts.
Indigenous Peoples The dominant population of the RMI is indigenous to the islands, and project activities are designed for the entire economy, with no differentiation in benefits accruing to any group.
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design

The ultimate beneficiaries are the people of the RMI. The project objectives are aligned with the NSP, which was consulted within the RMI.

During Project Implementation Information will be shared with the public as appropriate, on the PFM reforms. The RMI is launching a website on SOEs, which will provide information. PFM reports (like the PEFA) will be shared, unless considered confidential.
Business Opportunities
Consulting Services

The project has mobilized the following consultants: an international Advisor to the Ministry of Finance; three financial management specialists; and two senior national consultants.

For state-owned enterprise reforms, the project an international State-Owned Enterprise and Community Service Obligations Expert.

Procurement Not required.
Responsible ADB Officer Rabanal, Rommel F.
Responsible ADB Department Pacific Department
Responsible ADB Division PASP
Executing Agencies
Ministry of Finance
Timetable
Concept Clearance 26 Apr 2017
Fact Finding 19 Jun 2017 to 21 Jun 2017
MRM 15 Aug 2017
Approval 13 Oct 2017
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 01 Sep 2022

Grant 0547-RMI

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
13 Oct 2017 17 Oct 2017 19 Oct 2017 30 Jun 2021 31 Mar 2022 27 Jul 2022
Financing Plan Grant Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 2.30 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 2.00 31 Aug 2022 1.99 0.00 100%
Counterpart 0.30 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 0.00 31 Aug 2022 1.99 0.00 100%
Status of Covenants
Category Sector Safeguards Social Financial Economic Others
Rating - Satisfactory Satisfactory Satisfactory - Satisfactory

Grant 0658-RMI

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
17 Sep 2019 24 Sep 2019 26 Sep 2019 30 Jun 2021 31 Mar 2022 05 Jul 2022
Financing Plan Grant Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 0.50 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 0.50 31 Aug 2022 0.50 0.00 100%
Counterpart 0.00 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 0.00 31 Aug 2022 0.50 0.00 100%
Status of Covenants
Category Sector Safeguards Social Financial Economic Others
Rating - Satisfactory Satisfactory Satisfactory - Satisfactory

Grant 0795-RMI

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
30 Jul 2021 06 Aug 2021 27 Aug 2021 31 Dec 2024 - -
Financing Plan Grant Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 2.30 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 2.00 31 Aug 2022 1.83 0.00 92%
Counterpart 0.30 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 0.00 31 Aug 2022 0.65 0.00 32%
Status of Covenants
Category Sector Safeguards Social Financial Economic Others
Rating - Satisfactory Satisfactory Satisfactory - Satisfactory

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Tenders

Tender Title Type Status Posting Date Deadline
Financial Management Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed 19 Sep 2020 02 Oct 2020
CoA Advisor to the Ministry of Finance, Republic of the Marshall Islands Individual - Consulting Closed 28 Feb 2020 12 Mar 2020
Public Financial Management Project - Financial Management Specialist (2) Individual - Consulting Closed 31 Oct 2017 06 Nov 2017
Public Financial Management Project - Public Finance Specialist (Budget) Individual - Consulting Closed 09 Aug 2017 26 Sep 2017
Public Financial Management Project - State-Owned Enterprise Monitoring Expert Individual - Consulting Closed 09 Aug 2017 22 Aug 2017
Public Financial Management Project - Community Service Obligation Costing Expert Individual - Consulting Closed 09 Aug 2017 22 Aug 2017
Public Financial Management Project - HR Specialist (National) Individual - Consulting Closed 09 Aug 2017 26 Sep 2017
Public Financial Management Project - Financial Management Specialist (1) Individual - Consulting Closed 09 Aug 2017 19 Sep 2017
Public Financial Management Project - Advisor to the Ministry of Finance Individual - Consulting Closed 09 Aug 2017 12 Sep 2017

Contracts Awarded

Contract Title Approval Number Contract Date Contractor | Address Executing Agency Total Contract Amount (US$) Contract Amount Financed by ADB (US$)
ADVISOR TO THE MINISTRY OF FINANCE Grant 0547 03 Aug 2021 CHRIS YANCKELLO | 439 EAST NELSON AVENUE ALEXANDRIA VA 22301 UNITED STATES Ministry of Finance, Banking and Postal Services 593,816.26
FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT SPECIALIST(2) UNDER GRANT 0547-RMI: PUBLIC FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT PROJECT Grant 0547 21 Jan 2021 MARIA ROSARIO CHAP JABAGAT | UNIT A3207 GATEWAY GARDEN HEIGHTS PIONEER STREET MANDALUYONG CITY 1550 PHILIPPINES Ministry of Finance Banking and Postal Services 282,370.00
STATE-OWNED ENTERPRISE MONITORING EXPERT UNDER G0547-RMI: PUBLIC FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT PROJECT Grant 0547 21 Jan 2021 DAVID ANTHONY DRAKE | PO BOX 2162 GRACEVILLE QUEENSLAND 4075 AUSTRALIA Ministry of Finance Banking and Postal Services 450,250.00
HUMAN RESOURCES SPECIALIST (NATIONAL); REVISED CONTRACT AMOUNT IS $104 500 PER VO Grant 0547 17 Jan 2021 CHRISTINA DEBRUM | PO BOX 733 MAJURO 96960 MARSHALL ISLANDS Ministry of Finance Banking and Postal Services 104,500.00
PUBLIC FINANCE SPECIALIST (BUDGET)NATIONAL CONSULTANT; REVISED CONTRACT AMOUNT PER VO Grant 0547 17 Jan 2021 AYAKO YAMAGUCHI-ELIOU | PO BOX 3538 MAJURO MARSHALL ISLANDS Ministry of Finance Banking and Postal Services 144,500.00
ADVISOR TO THE MINISTRY OF FINANCE REPUBLIC OF THE MARSHALL ISLANDS Grant 0547 17 Jan 2021 CHRIS YANCKELLO | 439 EAST NELSON AVENUE ALEXANDRIA VA 22301 UNITED STATES Ministry of Finance Banking and Postal Services 577,250.00
FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT SPECIALIST(1) UNDER GRANT 0547-RMI: PUBLIC FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT SPECIALIST Grant 0547 11 Jan 2021 NORI JEAN LOPEZ | DELAP MAJURO 96960 PHILIPPINES Ministry of Finance Banking and Postal Services 243,006.00
TAX EXPERT (TECHNICAL) Grant 0658 08 Dec 2020 STEPHEN MICHAEL GERARD SMITH | 9 GLENCOE AVENUE HAMLYN TERRACE NSW AUSTRALIA Ministry of Finance Banking and Postal Services 139,745.97
STATE-OWNED ENTERPRISE MONITORING EXPERT UNDER G0547-RMI: PUBLIC FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT PROJECT Grant 0547 14 Feb 2019 DAVID ANTHONY DRAKE | PO BOX 2162 GRACEVILLE QUEENSLAND 4075 AUSTRALIA Ministry of Finance 382,000.00
HUMAN RESOURCES SPECIALIST (NATIONAL) Grant 0547 25 Jun 2018 CHRISTINA DEBRUM | PO BOX 733 MAJURO 96960 MARSHALL ISLANDS Ministry of Finance 174,500.00
ADVISOR TO THE MINISTRY OF FINANCE REPUBLIC OF THE MARSHALL ISLANDS Grant 0547 10 Nov 2017 CHRIS YANCKELLO | 439 EAST NELSON AVENUE ALEXANDRIA VA 22301 UNITED STATES 462,000.00

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