20TH APRIL 2011


Excellency Deputy Prime Minister the Chairman of the GDCC,
Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen,

1.            On behalf of the Ministry of Planning, I would like to thank His Excellency Keat Chhon Deputy Prime Minister and Chairman of the GDCC Meeting for giving us the opportunity to present a brief update on a progress report on Royal Government's initiative to harmonise the national planning process, government public investment expenditure, and development cooperation financing.


2.            Taking this opportunity, I am pleased to brief the meeting on the progress made after the 17th GDCC Meeting held in October 2010 toward the harmonisation of planning process, government public investment expenditures, and development cooperation financing including the preparation of a Situation Analysis of the working relationships between these processes.

3.            As part of the government's efforts in addressing this subject matter, efforts have been made under the umbrella of the RGC Task Force of Harmonisation the National Planning Process, Government Public Investment Expenditures, and Development Cooperation Financing and in close collaboration among the four central agencies (MOP, MEF, SNEC, and CRDB/CDC), in order to further improve the format and contents of the Three-Year Rolling PIP 2011-2013 document with the aim of enhancing the linkages between NSDP, PIP and government public investment expenditures. The methodology for preparing the Three Years Rolling PIP 2011-2013 has been updated and this has been further used for the preparation of the Three Year Rolling PIP 2012-2014. Having been grappling with this exercise, it is important to note that there is a need for line ministries to strengthen coordination between their planning staff responsible for the preparation of PIP data, the ministry staff engaged in the financial management functions dealing with the preparation of the "Budget Strategic Plan" for their ministry; as well as ministry personnel engaged in managing development projects.


Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen,


4.            As far as the preparation of the Situation Analysis paper is concerned, consultations among officials of the four central agencies and selected development partners' agencies (EC, UN, WB, ADB and UNDP) have been carried out in order to produce inputs for preparing the Draft Situation Analysis paper. Prior to the high-level meeting of .the four central agencies scheduled for late December 2010, a preliminary draft report has been shared with all members of the Task Force for feedbacks and comments.


5.            The first Draft Situation Analysis paper has been produced and discussed at a high level meeting of the four central agencies on 27 December 2010, which provided a more precise picture of inter-linkages among these three processes as well as the essential guidance on the need to work out the highlights of critical issues to be addressed within the working mechanisms reflected in the figure below.


6.            Based on the directions given in the afore-said meeting, a second draft has been prepared and circulated within the Task Force for feedbacks/comments. It has been envisaged that this second draft is to be tabled at another high-level meeting of the four central agencies, which will be held as soon as possible. The finalisation of this Siituation Analysis paper will be then completed based on the directions provided by the meeting to come.


7.            As a next step, the final Situation Analysis paper will be widely used for consultation and dialogue with our Development Partners in relation to the development an action plan to implement priorities set out in this Paper.  

Thank you.