BCOP held its annual plenary meeting where all its 21 member countries were invited in Tashkent, Uzbekistan on March 18-21, 2019.
The key objectives of the meeting were to:
- provide the opportunity for BCOP member countries to review approaches and trends in capital budgeting/public investment planning (including the developments in OECD countries), familiarize themselves with assessment tools used by the World Bank, and discuss possible approaches and options for PEMPAL countries;
- provide the opportunity for BCOP member countries to review the most recent work and advance discussions within the topics of the two BCOP working groups, including the newest status and trends in performance budgeting in PEMPAL and OECD countries and the newest developments in the area of spending reviews, as well as mechanisms of engagement of stakeholder groups in budget discussion at the national level in advanced countries and PEMPAL member countries and implementation of participatory budgeting approach at sub-national level; and
- update members on overall BCOP progress since the last plenary meeting and to report back on countries’ priorities gathered in the pre-meeting survey to inform the development of the BCOP Action Plan 2020-21.
Presentations from the World Bank, OECD, GIFT, along with PEMPAL country case studies of Russia, Croatia, Bulgaria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Uzbekistan were delivered.
Two BCOP Working Groups (Budget Literacy and Transparency Working Group and Program and Performance Budgeting Working Group) hosted parts of the agenda to share their recent work on these topics and discussed planned future work with boarder membership.