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Reforming public financial management processes in Pakistan

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This project aims to improve public financial management (PFM) processes for the Federal Government and the provincial governments of Sindh and Balochistan.

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Areas of expertise

Failsal Rashid 8196

Summary

We are supporting the implementation of the Public Financial Management Support Programme for Pakistan (PFM-SPP), which aims to improve public financial management, enhance the effectiveness of government spending, and improve the delivery of public services for both the Federal Government of Pakistan, and the provincial governments of Sindh and Balochistan. The project supports the design and implementation of PFM reform processes in Sindh and Balochistan provinces, and, at a federal level, helps to consolidate the medium term budgetary framework process and the design of an overarching PFM reform strategy.

Our approach

In its first 18 months, the PFM-SPP project has supported improvements in the efficiency and transparency of public expenditure planning and budgeting, at both Federal and provincial levels:

  • At Federal level, the project is providing capacity-building and technical assistance in macroeconomic analysis, IT-based budgeting, and sector planning. We have facilitated improvements in transparency and accountability reporting to the ‘Green Book’, which presents public expenditure plans to Parliament.
  • In Sindh, we are working on providing support to the budget strategy; a complete reform of the budget appropriations structure to better clarify accountabilities; cleaning of the overall budget data in the Government’s IFMIS; recasting of internal budget preparation documents; and boosting IT knowledge sharing in the Department of Finance.

Outcomes

The PFM-SPP project aims to improve public financial management processes for the Federal Government and the provincial governments of Sindh and Balochistan in Pakistan. By targeting key stakeholders in the Ministries of Finance for provincial and federal governments, as well as the Ministry of Planning, Development & Reform at federal level, this project will help inform the design of an overarching PFM reform strategy.