BCOP will hold its annual plenary meeting where all its 21 member countries will be invited to Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic from April 12-14,2017. The key objectives of the meeting on 'tools for fiscal management' are to share PEMPAL and international good practice in the use of fiscal management tools with a focus on fiscal risks management; program and performance budgeting; and budget literacy and transparency. The meeting will provide the opportunity for BCOP member countries to exchange experiences and discuss possible approaches and options to using some of these tools.
Presentations are planned by the World Bank, IMF, PEFA Secretariat, and GIFT with PEMPAL country case studies of Albania, Bulgaria, Croatia, Kyrgyz Republic, Moldova, Ukraine, and Moldova to be examined. Updates from BCOP's two working groups, who meet more regularly to progress key reforms and solve common reform challenges, will also be provided.
The Program and Performance Budgeting Working Group has been participating in OECD's Performance Budgeting Survey and the preliminary survey results will be reviewed during the plenary meeting including identifying good practice and examining performance against OECD countries. The Budget Literacy and Transparency Working Group has recently finalized its first draft of a Knowledge Product that identifies challenges of PEMPAL countries in constructing Citizens' Budgets (which are not common in the region), and provides a menu of feasible options from peer and international advice to address them. International country case studies will also be examined during the plenary meeting targeting those countries that have performed well in in the last Open Budget Survey in the area of public participation in the budget process.