Niue: Support for Improved Public Financial Management

Sovereign Project | 53096-001

Support for Improved Public Financial Management is through small-scale technical assistance. The TA will help the Government of Niue to address immediate gaps in its financial accounting and reporting and build the foundations for ongoing improvements in public financial management (PFM). The TA will provide policy advice and support government capacity development. The small-scale technical assistance modality has been selected because it aligns with the level of support that is needed and will enable ADB to commence support to Niue without undue delay.

Project Details

  • Project Officer
    Rabanal, Rommel F.
    Pacific Department
    Request for information
  • Country/Economy
    Niue
  • Sector
    • Public sector management
Project Name Support for Improved Public Financial Management
Project Number 53096-001
Country / Economy Niue
Project Status Active
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 9729-NIU: Support for Improved Public Financial Management
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 225,000.00
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Governance and capacity development
Knowledge solutions
Sector / Subsector

Public sector management / Public expenditure and fiscal management

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming No gender elements
Description Support for Improved Public Financial Management is through small-scale technical assistance. The TA will help the Government of Niue to address immediate gaps in its financial accounting and reporting and build the foundations for ongoing improvements in public financial management (PFM). The TA will provide policy advice and support government capacity development. The small-scale technical assistance modality has been selected because it aligns with the level of support that is needed and will enable ADB to commence support to Niue without undue delay.
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

Niue is ADB's newest member country and has a population of around 1,600 people._As in other small states, Niue's public sector accounts for a significant share of economic activity, with government spending averaging 68.9% of GDP during 2015 to 2017 and public sector activity accounting for an average of 41.1% of GDP during the same period. Niue's small population creates challenges for public service delivery. The government is the largest employer on the island, with approximately 400 employees but this workforce is small considering the range of services that the government must provide. In many areas the government faces acute human resource constraints and must look for innovative ways to improve performance without recruiting additional staff.

The TA will help the Government of Niue to complete a self-assessment of its public financial management (PFM) systems and its project management unit and prepare a roadmap for future strengthening. The TA will also help Niue's Treasury Department to finalize consolidated government accounts and financial statements and to strengthen the accounting and financial reporting of state-owned enterprises.

Impact

Sufficient financial resources are secured, and responsible fiscal management is prudent, sustainable and in support of development strategies (Niue National Strategic Plan, 2016 to 2026)

Good governance is practiced at all levels of society (Niue National Strategic Plan, 2016 to 2026)

Project Outcome
Description of Outcome

Public financial management improved

Progress Toward Outcome
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

Accounting and financial reporting improved

Assessment and roadmap for strengthening PFM updated

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

A Public Financial Management Specialist consultant was engaged through the TA in November 2019 to support Niue Treasury Department in conducting an updated PEFA self-assessment. This exercise commenced in January 2020 through a mission fielded by the TA Although travel restrictions due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic precluded fielding of follow-up missions, the PEFA self-assessment report has progressed through the necessary peer review processes and is now finalized. The report has been peer reviewed by colleagues from the Pacific Financial Technical Assistance Centre (completed in February 2021) and subsequently the PEFA Secretariat (March 2021). The PEFA self-assessment also informed an update of the Niue PFM Reform Plan, which reiterates a need to prioritize timely preparation of annual financial reports and improvements to fiscal risk reporting, particularly in relation to SOE monitoring. The TA supported the government in finalizing the PEFA self-assessment and the updated PFM Reform Plan in December 2021. The Niue 2021 PEFA self-assessment report has been published in the PEFA website as of May 2022.

An Infrastructure Project Management Specialist consultant was recruited in February 2020 to support the development of a roadmap for strengthening the capacity of the PMCU to implement infrastructure and other development projects. The consultant was fielded to conduct consultations in Niue in early-March, but the mission was cut short because of COVID-19 travel restrictions. In coordination with government counterparts, detailed consultations recommenced virtually in November 2021 to cover all relevant stakeholders in developing a suite of reforms to help improve overall project management by the PMCU. The final roadmap report is expected to be completed in September 2022.

A final stream of work under the TA involves assistance toward developing sustainable solutions for strengthening SOE accounting and financial management over the longer-term. Delays in finalizing SOE accounts have led to subsequent lags in preparing consolidated government financial statements, which in turn contributes to further weaknesses in other public financial management dimensions as identified in the 2020 PEFA self-assessment. Terms of reference for a long-term Senior Accountant consultant position was finalized with the Government of Niue in March 2020, but recruitment and selection has been deferred due to prevailing COVID-19 travel restrictions. With the reopening of Niue's borders, a consultant was recruited in July 2022 and has been mobilized to provide in-country support through a series of extended missions (the first commencing in August 2022) toward building long-term accounting and financial management capacities within the government until March 2023.

Geographical Location Nation-wide
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design A fact-finding mission was fielded to consult with the Government of Niue and other stakeholders including representatives from the private sector and development partners. A draft of the TA memo and design and monitoring framework was shared with government counterparts for their review and input.
During Project Implementation The Government of Niue and other stakeholders are being updated regularly on progress with implementation of the TA, including through an ADB in-country mission in January 2020, as well as periodic virtual discussions.
Business Opportunities
Consulting Services ADB will engage consultants following the ADB Procurement Policy (2017, as amended from time to time) and its associated project administration instructions and/or staff instructions.
Procurement Procurement under the TA will be conducted in accordance with ADB Procurement Policy (2017, as amended from time to time) and its associated project administration instructions and/or staff instructions.
Responsible ADB Officer Rabanal, Rommel F.
Responsible ADB Department Pacific Department
Responsible ADB Division PASP
Executing Agencies
Asian Development Bank
Timetable
Concept Clearance -
Fact Finding 18 Mar 2019 to 22 Mar 2019
MRM -
Approval 26 Apr 2019
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 29 Sep 2022

TA 9729-NIU

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
26 Apr 2019 - 26 Apr 2019 31 May 2021 31 May 2023 -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
225,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 225,000.00 29 Sep 2022 116,553.98

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Tenders

Tender Title Type Status Posting Date Deadline
Support for Improved Public Financial Management - Senior Accountant Individual - Consulting Closed 19 May 2022 29 May 2022
Public Financial Management Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed 22 Jul 2019 05 Aug 2019
Infrastructure Project Management Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed 22 Jul 2019 05 Aug 2019

Contracts Awarded

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