Representatives from 10 countries and development partners from the MENA region attended a three-day workshop organized by the IMF's Middle East Regional Technical Assistance Center (METAC) and Fiscal Affairs Department, the International Budget Partnership and the PEFA Secretariat.
The lively discussions covered the lessons learnt from the recent initiatives in PFM, examined the role of assessment tools and explored the medium-term outlook. Specific challenges of implementing reforms in fragile countries were discussed. Budget credibility and the role of transparency and participation in the budget making were highlighted. Afghanistan, Tunisia, Greater Amman Municipality and the World Bank explained how they used PEFA reports to inform PFM reforms.
Thank you to the participants for their invaluable contributions and to METAC, FAD and IBP for a fantastic collaboration!