The Ministry of National Planning and Development Coordination (MNPDC) facilitated a half-day workshop on Friday 9 April 2021 at the SIBC conference room for Government Ministries. The targeted participants were Deputy Secretaries, Directors, Program Managers and Coordinators across ministries that were responsible for implementing the 2020 Development Budget and 2020 -2024 Medium Term Development Plans (MTDP). Also in attendance were officials from the Policy Implementation Evaluation Unit (PIMEU) from the Office of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (OPMC).
It was a reflection and lessons learned workshop that aimed to:
The workshop overall highlighted the achievements and challenges of implementing the 2020 Development Budget and identified ways forward in successfully implementing the National Development Strategy (NDS 2016-2035) as mandated by the Democratic Coalition Government for Advancement (DCGA) policy statement 5.1.4 and the NDS 2016-2035 5.1.1.
More so, the workshop provided an avenue and opportunity for all SIG ministries to have an open roundtable discussion on operational and policy achievements and challenges that affected the 2020 Development Budget implementation.
As an outcome of the workshop, the level of awareness across SIG ministries of the MTDP and Development Budget processes and timelines linked to the NDS 2016-2035 will improve significantly and key factors discussed from the workshop that delayed 2020 Development Budget implementation have been identified and central ministries and line ministries are expected to coordinate more to strengthen the process.
The workshop also boosts inter-ministerial cross learning as each ministry from different sectors share their experiences and provide information on certain components of programs, which ministries can jointly collaborate and implement.
All SIG ministries that attended the half-day workshop appreciated and valued the roundtable open discussion and recommended more of such workshop on the annual Development Budget.
It provided a good opportunity to dialogue with MNPDC on very important issues that arise during the course of implementing national development programs and through reflection and sharing of lessons learned we can work together to improve implementation of programs funded by the annual national Development Budget.
MNPDC will be facilitating more of similar workshops in the near future to enhance the national planning and budgeting process.