On December 10, 2018, in Luanda, the Institute for Training in Economic and Financial Management of the PALOP (IGEF), in partnership with ISCTE – Instituto Universitário de Lisboa, through its IPPS-IUL Public and Social Policies), underwent training on, “Negotiation of Contracts and International Loans”, aimed at senior managers in planning or finance functions involved in the negotiation of contracts and international loans of the PALOP and TL.

The training course it is focused mainly on Administrative Law, Economic Law and Financial Law, designed at strengthening participants’ capacity to negotiate and contract international loans. In particular, the coaching enabled the trainees to identify, analyze and apply the standards instituted as: i) the relationship between the financial decision and the decision to contract; (ii) relevant economic and financial aspects which enable a comprehensive understanding of negotiation and public procurement.

With a total of 30 hours of classroom training, the course lasted until December 14 and covered the following topics:

  1. The fundamentals of negotiation
  2. Negotiation methods and techniques
  3. The rationale of public debt
  4. Sources of external financing
  5. Analysis of obligations
  6. Conditionalities and cost of financing
  7. Analysis of the guarantees and eventuality of non-compliance
  8. Jurisdiction applicable
  9. Presentation of World Bank loan contracts
  10. Presentation of case studies

The training is, a part of the IGEF Support Project (PAIGEF), co-financed by the European Union and the Contracting Countries of the Institute.

About PAIGEF:

PAIGEF aims to strengthen economic governance capacities and the effectiveness, transparency, quality and efficiency of the Public Finance Management (PFM) systems of the PALOP countries and Timor-Leste by improving human and institutional capacities in the field.

Between the 4th and 7th of December, the second Forum of Criminal Investigation Police of the PALOP and East Timor was held at the headquarters of the Judiciary Police in Lisbon. Researchers from the criminal investigation police of the PALOP-TL, with responsibility in the area of economic and financial crime, met for sessions of  knowledge sharing  and to acquire new tools and mechanisms in asset recovery and asset loss.

This initiative was promoted by Camões – Instituto de Cooperação e da Língua, IP, through the Project for the Consolidation of the Rule of Law in the PALOP and Timor-Leste (PACED), in partnership with the Office of Asset Recovery of the Judiciary Police, and the participation of 24 criminal investigation police officers from Angola, Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau, Mozambique, São Tomé and Príncipe and Timor-Leste.

The forum focused on research and legal mechanisms for the recovery of goods and products seized in favour of the State or victims, in order to prevent organized crime, corruption and economic and financial crime from generating profits for those who practice these activities.

About PACED:

The PACED is  under the scope of the European Union’s partnership with the PALOP and Timor-Leste and aims to affirm and consolidate the rule of law in these countries, as well as to prevent and combat corruption, money laundering and organized crime, in particular, trafficking of narcotic drugs.

The opening ceremony was held on May 7th and was attended by the Angolan Minister of Justice and Human Rights (MJDH), Francisco Queiroz, the Head of the Union Delegation Tomáš Uličný and the representative of the Portuguese Embassy in Angola, Teresa Mateus.
Led by Angolan specialists who are part of the PALOP and East Timor scholarship package created by the PACED, the actions are promoted with the MJDH, the Attorney General’s Office, the Supreme Court, the Criminal Investigation Service and the Financial Information Unit , with the support of the National Authorizing Officer of Angola – Ministry of Economy and Planning.
With the tutor of the Center for Judicial Studies and the School of the Judiciary Police of Portugal, the program of these training centers, in a first phase, on the legal, administrative and procedural instruments most appropriate to this type of crime and, in a second phase, on the scientific methodologies and the development of identification and detection mechanisms.
Around 200 judicial magistrates and prosecutors, criminal investigators and officials from the financial intelligence units of the PALOP and East Timor received training in 2017 thanks to the PACED. This year, the goal is to double this number, which in Angola translates into an increase from 60 to 120 professionals better able to prevent and combat crimes of corruption, money laundering and organized crime, in particular drug trafficking.

The opening ceremony was held on May 7th in Luanda and was attended by the Minister of Justice and Human Rights of Angola (MJDH), Francisco Queiroz, the Head of the European Union delegation in Angola, Tomáš Uličný and the representative of the Portuguese Embassy in Angola, Teresa Mateus.

In 2017, about 200 judicial magistrates and prosecutors, criminal investigators and officials from the financial intelligence units of the PALOP and East Timor received training thanks to the PACED. This year, in Angola, the objective is to double this number from 60 to 120 professionals better able to prevent and combat crimes of corruption, money laundering and organized crime, in particular drug trafficking.

Led by Angolan experts who are part of the PALOP and East Timor scholarship package created by the PACED, the actions are promoted with the MJDH, the Attorney General’s Office, the Supreme Court, the Criminal Investigation Service and the Financial Information Unit, with the support of the National Authorizing Officer of Angola – Ministry of Economy and Planning.

With tutoring by the Portuguese Center for Judicial Studies and School of the Judiciary Police, these training centers’ first stage program is on the legal, administrative and procedural instruments most appropriate to this type of crime and, in a second stage, on the scientific methodologies and the development of identification and detection mechanisms.

The PACED is born out of the European Union’s partnership with the PALOP and East Timor and aims to affirm and consolidate the rule of law in these countries, as well as to prevent and combat corruption, money laundering and organized crime, in particular, trafficking in drugs. Scheduled to last until December 2019, and with a budget of € 8.4 million (€ 7 million financed by the European Union under the 10th EDF and € 1.4 million by Camões, I.P.), of which € 8.05 managed directly by Camões – Cooperation and Language Institute, I.P., it focuses on actions to strengthen the institutional capacity of the competent authorities at legislative, executive and judicial levels, by promoting the exchange and sharing of knowledge and best practices among themselves, facilitating the cooperation in all project intervention areas

IGEF PALOP-TL official website launched.

The Institute of Training in Management and Financial Economics of the Portuguese Speaking African Countries (IGEF) has the mission of promoting training and capacity building in matters related to macroeconomic, financial and public debt management for officials of the Ministries of Finance, Planning and of the PALOP and East Timor Central Banks, offering them seminars, workshops, advanced and postgraduate courses.

It is an African university level institute that arises from the need of the African Countries of Portuguese Official Language that share a common historical inheritance, a language and the same vision on the development, to intensify the cooperative relations in the field of education.

Installed provisionally at INFORFIP in Luanda, its headquarters in the city of Lubango, Huíla, will be inaugurated in the second half of 2018.

“The conditions have been created for this conference to lay the foundations of a future FOSS PALOP and east Timor Community,” said Pedro Oliveira, head of Bilateral Affairs of Camões, IP, on the conference “Free and Open Source Software – Shared resources in PALOP and East Timor, “which took place on the 12th  and 13th of March, in Luanda.

“The applications already developed in the partner countries are quite innovative and as such, revealing the potential for replication and expansion of the regional cooperation model between the PALOPs and East Timor through the sharing of information and concrete products.”

From this meeting of experts, it was concluded that the main challenge was not the mere exchange of software or the transfer of source codes between countries, but the design of strategies for modernizing public administrations in their legal, institutional and planning domains of public policies, based on integrated technological supports, which guarantee interoperability between services and better cost-benefit ratio.

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

Under the Cooperation Program of the PALOP and East Timor with the European Union, an Extraordinary Meeting of the National Authorizing Officers of the PALOP and East Timor was held on the 8th and 9th of March 2018 in Brussels, Belgium, to assess the current stage of the program projects’ implementation and the formulation of the programs under the 11th EDF. It was also the opportunity to approve the new visual identity of the program and to publicize the new website, in the framework of the celebrations of this Cooperation Program’s 25 years of existence.