Royal Government of Cambodia

Ministry of Planning

MOP Report to the 17th GDCC Meeting

Progress in the Preparation of NSDP Update 2009-2013 Monitoring Indicators and the Harmonisation of Planning, Government Public Investment Expenditure, and Cooperation Financing

18th October 2010

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 two topics at this meeting. First, a progress report on the NSDP Update 2009-2013 monitoring and evaluation framework (NSDP Update M&E Framework); and second, a progress report on Royal Government’s initiative to harmonise the national planning process, government public investment expenditure, and development cooperation financing.

2.      On the first topic, I am pleased to report to the meeting that work on the NSDP Update M&E Framework is progressing well, which is following the schedule mentioned in Chapter 6 of NSDP Update 2009-2013. As outlined in the NSDP Update, work on preparing the M&E framework for the Plan is to be completed by mid 2011 in order to be included in the mid-term review of the Plan. The mid-term review that is to be completed in September 2011 involves the following tasks: (i) updating the CMDGs based on the revised CMDGs (CMDGs Report for 2010); and (ii) revising the NSDP Update M&E indicators including CMDG indicators in collaboration with the concerned line ministries and agencies. The MOP is currently working with concerned ministries and agencies to update the CMDG indicators and targets that they are going to monitor. The Sub-Group of the TWG-PPR is also continuing its work on this subject matter. It is now important to recall that pursuant to the principles settled on during the preparation of NSDP Update 2009-2013, line ministries and agencies whose indicators are incorporated in the Plan are to be responsible for monitoring the data related to their indicators as well as analysing the changes in those data.   

3.      Specific works that have been carried out and immediate next steps to be pursued are the following:

  • work on reviewing the NSDP Update indicators has started in mid August 2010 where an MOP official notice attached with the set of indicators developed by TWG-PPR Sub-Group has been sent to concerned ministries and agencies for their suggestion of a new set of M&E Indicators;

  • MOP has so far conducted meetings with MOEYS, MOH, MLMUC, CMAA, and MOE for discussion about new indicators they suggested for NSDP Update M&E Framework. The newly suggested indicators have been developed through discussions with DPs of respective TWGs and are to be officially endorsed by the management of each agency;

  • The conclusion of the meeting with all remaining line ministries and agencies is scheduled for the end of November 2010;

  • a list of consolidated of M&E indicators will be tabled at SNEC meeting for further comments and be shared with TWG-PPR DPs. A workshop organised for all concerned line ministries and agencies will be organised in mid December 2010 in order to have a sectoral cross-check;

  • that list will be incorporated in the coming MTR.     

4.      The second report to be covered is the progress made toward harmonising the national planning process, government public investment expenditure, and development cooperation financing. As stated in objective number 32 of the Public Financial Management Reform Programme (PFMRP) Stage II, it is to further improve the comprehensiveness and integration of the budget. So far, RGC has made significant progress in improving the budget formulation process and thereby improving the comprehensiveness and degree of integration of the budget. The PFMRP has also identified further issues concerning the development of well-coordinated interrelationships between the MTEF, annual budget and Three-Year-Rolling Public Investment Programme (PIP).

5.      Under the umbrella of the RGC Task Force of Harmonisation the National Planning Process, Government Public Investment Expenditure, and Development Cooperation Financing, the MOP has been leading related works among the four central agencies (MOP, MEF, SNEC, and CRDB/CDC) to address these issues. As stated in the progress report on the JMIs, the Task Force has made significant progress so far. Through efforts made in close collaboration among the four central agencies, the format and contents of the Three-Year Rolling PIP 2011-2013 document have been revised and agreed in order to improve the linkages between NSDP, PIP and government public investment expenditure. The methodology for preparing the Three Years Rolling PIP 2011-2013 has been updated. It emphasises the 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. The revised methodology is outlined in the MOP’s Three-Year Rolling PIP 2011-2013 document.

Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen,

6.   With respect to other activities of the Task Force, as part of the process of preparing the Situation Analysis report, 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 Situation Analysis report.

7.   The work of the RGC Task Force for this very activity is on schedule against the JMIs and a preliminary draft of Situation Analysis will be finalised based on inputs from concerned agencies and will be discussed in a meeting of the four Central Agencies in November 2010.

Thank you.