Norwegian Embassy funds Public Finance Management Accountability Workshop

July 17, 2023

In the training room

UNDP/Sarah Sibrino

On Friday, 14th July 2023, the United Nations Development Programme concluded a three-day workshop on Public Finance Management (PFM) Accountability for Accounting Officials of the Revitalized Government of National Unity (RTGoNU). The workshop began on 12th July 2023 under the theme ‘’Strengthening Transparency and Accountability of MDAs in the Management of Public Resources’’, funded by the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Juba to enhance PFM reform program as required for the implementation of Chapter Four of the Revitalized Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in South Sudan (R-ARCSS). 

With the expected outcomes of strengthening transparency and accountability in the Ministries, Departments, and Agencies (MDAs), the one hundred and twenty (120) participants engaged on technical discussions for improvement of management of public resources through establishment of consultative linkages and follow-ups that will reinforce their legal responsibilities to execute budgets planning and allocations and adhere to reporting requirements. The platform was an opportunity for taking steps towards the country’s economic recovery by helping the government through the PFM governance structure to have a transparent system for better management of public funds.

Norwegian Ambassador to South Sudan, Her Excellency Linken Nymann

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In her remarks, the Norwegian Ambassador to South Sudan, Her Excellency Linken Nymann Berryman, challenged the accounting officials to ensure that South Sudan is moving on the pathways of stability and development by putting in place a robust accounting system for public MDAs to enhance good governance and service delivery to the people of South Sudan.

UNDP’s Resident Representative, Dr. Samuel Doe

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In his address, UNDP’s Resident Representative, Dr. Samuel Doe, congratulated the PFM accounting officials for their active participation and urged them to concrete their actions on concrete points of PFM reforms priorities, particularly procurement management where huge amount of public spending is lost in the expense of critical services like education and health care. He further, registered his appreciation to the Minister of Finance and Planning and his team for prioritizing the PRM reforms Agenda and the Royal Kingdom of Norway for their sustained support through the capacity building of public institutions in South Sudan.

Minister for Finance and Planning, Honorable Dr. Dier Tong

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In his closing remarks, the Minister for Finance and Planning, Honorable Dr. Dier Tong recalled the significant gains made towards the PFM Strategy (PFM-RS) in the last four years and urged all the involved accounting officials and partners to keep the momentum rolling for a better future of the people of South Sudan. The minister also appreciated the support from Troika and Development partners such as International Money Fund, World Bank, African Development bank and others.

Training Hall at the PFM Training

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