Workshop on Medium-term Expenditure Planning for National Sustainable Development

6 Nov 2017 to 10 Nov 2017
Apia, Samoa

The ESCAP Pacific Office and the International Monetary Fund’s Pacific Financial Technical Assistance Centre (PFTAC) will co-organise a workshop on “Medium-term Expenditure Planning for National Sustainable Development” to be held from 6 to 10 November 2017 in Apia, Samoa. The Ministry of Finance, Government of Samoa, is the host partner for this workshop.

This five-day workshop will bring together analysts from the budget and planning offices of the ministries of finance / planning and the central banks from 16 countries (Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Republic of the Marshall Islands, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Timor-Leste, Tokelau, Tonga, Tuvalu, and Vanuatu) to develop processes, tools, and strategies for improving medium-term expenditure planning to achieve national sustainable development. The focus will be on health and education spending, accounting for countries’ demographics and inclusive budgeting. The workshop will seek to inter alia, address the following questions:

• How is sustainable development measured?
• How do we ensure national / sector plans are adequately funded in national budgets?
• How can we improve the quality of government expenditure for services delivery?
• How do we monitor for desired outcomes?

An important objective of the workshop is to develop guidelines on good practice for strengthening medium-term expenditure planning and better linkages to national budgets.

Two similar workshops were held in November 2015 and February 2016, which fed into the November 2017 Workshop in Apia, particularly in terms of developing an appropriate guidance note aimed to improve linkages between development plans and national budgets. Summary proceedings from all three workshops can be downloaded from the link below.