Following the success achieved in the first phase, the Project for the Consolidation of Economic Governance and Public Finance Management Systems in the PALOP-TL started with Phase II (Pro PALOP-TL SAI Phase II), part of the programming of the Development for PALOP-TL / EU Cooperation. The first public presentation of the project took place at the VIII Parliamentary Assembly of the Community of Portuguese Speaking Countries (AP | CPLP), held in Praia, Cape Verde, on the 10th and 11th of January.

In the first phase, implemented between 2014 and 2017, thousands of public finance management partners were formed, including 1,151 deputies, parliamentary officials and members of civil society, 812 judges, auditors and senior supervisory staff and 1,109 staff members of Ministries of Finance.

The second phase of the Pro PALOP-TIL SAI will continue to present solutions to the challenges of public finance management and parliamentary oversight in the six beneficiary countries: Angola, Cape Verde, Guinea Bissau, Mozambique, Sao Tome and Principe and Timor-Leste. To this end, the programme reinforces technical and functional competencies, based on three pillars of training:  executive budgets, Supreme Audit Institutions and, finally, Civil Society Parliaments and Organizations.

Additionally, with three years of implementation, between 2019 and 2021, Phase II of Pro PALOP-TL ISC has a total budget of 7,843,700 Euros and the co-financing and direct management of the United Nations Development Program.

Through peer learning, exchange of experiences and practices between beneficiaries and directed specialization, the project aims once again to promote lasting change with a real day-to-day impact on the citizens of the 6 countries.

The Delegation Agreement (PAGODA) for the implementation of Phase II of the Pro PALOP-TL SAI was signed on 28th of November in Cape Verde by the Delegation of the European Union of Mozambique and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) of Cape Verde.

 

About the Pro PALOP-TL SAI  (Phase II)

Pro PALOP-TL SAI is a project that promotes good economic governance in the PALOP-TL, reinforcing the technical and functional competencies of the SAI, National Parliaments and Parliaments and Civil Society (including the media). Through the improvement of effective political, judicial and civil external control of public finances.

The European Union (EU), through the Delegation in Mozambique, and the United Nations Development Programme signed the Delegation Agreement for the implementation of the second phase of the Pro PALOP-TL SA on 28th November in Cape Verde. Signed in the context of the 11th European Development Fund (EDF), the project will be coordinated by the EDF National Authorizing Officer of Mozambique as the Regional Authorizing Officer for the Programme.

The second phase of Pro PALOP-TL ISC will benefit from the successes of previous projects, broadening the logic of intervention and facilitating South-South and triangular cooperation for the consolidation of public finance management systems in PALOP and Timor-Leste.

The programme will build on three pillars of capacity building for (a) budget executives, (b) supreme Audit Institutions (SAI) and (c) parliaments and civil society organizations (CSOs), continuing to prioritize the management systems of public finance of the countries concerned, by strengthening budgetary transparency, external control of public accounts, legislative oversight and social monitoring of public expenditure.

Following the success of the first phase, which had 100% of the amount spent on fully certified and approved expenditures, the second phase will continue to supportthe promotion of learning among participants, exchanges of experience and communities of practice among beneficiaries, in order to stimulate transformation dynamics and promote changes with real impact on the citizens of PALOP-TL, with a total budget of 7,843,700 Euros for a 3-year implementation period.

About the Pro PALOP-TL SAI

The Pro PALOP-TL SAI  is a project that promotes good economic governance in the PALOP-TL, reinforcing the technical and functional competencies of the SAI, National Parliaments and Parliaments and Civil Society (including the media). Through the improvement of effective political, judicial and civil external control of public finances.

The National Project for Computerization of Civil Registry Services, carried out under the PASP, includes several components, namely: digitalization and cataloging of approximately 360,000 birth, marriage and death seats, development of an Integrated File Management System ( SIGA), which also allows for the  electronic registration of birth, and an electronic certificate sales portal. This latter feature will benefit substantially the citizens of São Tomé who live abroad, and who may use it to obtain a birth certificate, without having to travel to the Country.

The service is expected to be made available in all posts and delegations, maternities, embassies and consular services.

The Technical Assistance, administered by the Agency for Administrative Modernization (AMA, I.P.) of Portugal, includes the officers and senior staff of the Civil Registry, and takes place from 23 to 30 May, in the training room of the Portuguese Cultural Center in São Tomé.

An opening ceremony, on May 23rd at the Centro Cultural Brazil – São Tomé and Príncipe, was presided over by the Minister of Justice, Ilza Amado Vaz, and the Portuguese Ambassador, Luís Gaspar.

The Project to Support the Improvement of Quality and Proximity of Public Services in PALOP and Timor-Leste is a project financed by the European Union (EUR 4,800,000.00) under the 10th EDF, and co-financed and implemented by Camões – Cooperation and Language Institute, IP (EUR 1,000,000.00). Technical supervision of the project is provided by the Agency for Administrative Modernization, I.P. (AMA, I.P.).

According to the coordinator of the management unit, Diogo Franco, the balance is “frankly positive, with a formal component that is around 80% of financial and technical execution and a national component with a very satisfactory implementation”, with the consolidation of an electronic governance agenda for the group.

With a Technical Meeting and an Official Meeting – the opening of which was attended by the Coordinator of the Services of the National Authorizing Officer of Cape Verde, the President of the Camões I.P., the Head of the Delegation of the European Union in Cape Verde and the Minister of Foreign Affairs, – the meeting included the presentation of PRIME – PASP eGovernment Portal and approval of the Activity Reports of the Year 4, presentation of the activities developed and to be developed by May 2018, as well as approval of budget and communication and visibility plan’s execution, with a view to closing the project.