19 - 21 February 2009

Annual Meeting of the PEM PAL Budget Community of Practice

Center of Excellence in Finance, Ljubljana, Slovenia
The BCOP Executive Committee (EC) met in Ljubljana, Slovenia from February 19 to 21, 2009.
Highlights of the meeting include:
  • A revised BCOP Action Plan for 2009.  Please note the upcoming events, especially the OECD SBO meeting in St. Petersburg from June 25 to 26. This will be the best opportunity for BCOP members to see and talk with each other during 2009. Senior Budget Officers will soon be invited to come to this event.  Please be sure to attend.
  • Valentyna Doletska from Ukraine was elected 3rd Vice Chair. Samat Kiljiev became 2nd Vice Chair. Maksim Ermolovich is 1st Vice Chair. Papuna Petriashvili became the Chair for 2009.
  • The Rules of BCOP were changed to allow all previous Chairs to remain on the Executive Committee. Also, each ministry is requested to appoint a representative to the Executive Committee if your ministry is not already represented. This means that Uzbekistan, Armenia, Bosnia, Albania, Serbia, Macedonia and Kosovo are invited to appoint new representatives to the Executive Committee. Rano Zabirova from Tajikistan was the first person to join the EC under this new rule.
  • The EC joined in a video conference and other activities with BCOP's PEFA Working Group (PWG), which has been exploring this topic for several months.  Separate reports are available on the web pages about the PWG.
  • Excellent presentations were given in Russian on the experiences of Armenia's program budget efforts (by Suren Pohgosyan and Mark Worledge); and Moldova's experiences with MTEF (by Natalia Sclearuc). The presentations were followed by additional member discussions.
  • The EC set aside travel money for ministry staff to attend the CEF training seminar on MTEF in April. This seminar will be delivered in English only. The allocation will only pay for the first 4 or 5 persons to travel to Ljubljana.  Ministries should consider sending staff at ministry expense.

  Thursday, February 19, 2009

Location: Šestica Restaurant

Friday, February 20, 2009

09:00 -11:00
Discussions with PEMPAL Steering Committee members and COP leaders on PEFA and expectations for COP's

10:30 -12:15
Opening Presentation on Armenia DFID Program Budget Project
PEFA Working Group

12:15 - 13:15
Lunch (CEF)

13:30 - 15:00

15:00 - 16:30
BCOP Videoconference on PEFA

BCOP Executive Committee Videoconference

Executive Committee Dinner

Saturday, February 21, 2009

09:00 - 11:00
DFID presentation on the Moldova MTEF project, including a break out discussion