BUJUMBURA May 24th (ABP) – The National Assembly of Burundi, chaired by Daniel Gélase Ndabirabe, opened on Monday, May 22, 2023, in the premises of the Congress House of Kigobe, a three-day workshop on the presentation of the model communal development plan (PCDC) and the process of its synchronization with the General Budget of the State 2023-2024.
In his opening speech, the Speaker of the National Assembly wished a warm welcome to participants in that workshop on the implementation of the State Budget-Program and its operationalization.
Moreover, he reiterated, in accordance with Article 63 of the Constitution of the Republic of Burundi, which governs the parliament, a commission in charge of finance conducted a field visit to assess the adequacy of village cooperatives compared to those listed in the PCDC. The observation, he continued to say, is that there were many challenges that make it difficult to implement and monitor and evaluate the Communal Plans.
In addition, he said that to overcome all those challenges, that committee has developed a model PCDC that will be subject to validation as well as the process of its integration into the General State Budget.
The presentations made by the committee in charge of drawing up that PCDC showed that the budget-program concept is a mode of public finance management based on the logic of performance and more transparency.
Among the major challenges that handicap the current PCDC, the lack of specific, measurable, achievable, attainable and time-bound (SMART) indicators, the absence of a performance framework (effect and impact indicators), difficulties in evaluation, to name but a few, were cited.
Mr. Ndabirabe said that “Burundi will soon be like a paradise” because, he explained, the implementation of that document will allow a good monitoring of all the funds used. He reassured that everything will be well controlled with that PCDC document.