Strenghtening Performance and Accountability of Public Finances

Oct 20, 2016

The keynote speakers highlighted the importance of strengthening the financial performance through enhancing the control of contract execution and supporting the professionalization in public procurement.

The continuation of the project entitled “Accelerating Accountability Mechanisms in Public Finances” which is being implemented by UNDP and funded by Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA) was launched today at the UN Shared Premises in Belgrade.

The keynote speakers at the conference – Ms Irena Vojackova Sollorano, UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Serbia, Mr Tony Verheijen, World Bank Country Manager for Serbia, Ms Radica Nusdorfer, Head of European Integration and Economic Section, Delegation of the European Union to the Republic of Serbia, Mr Predrag Jovanović, Director of the Public Procurement Office, Mr Milovan Filimonovic, State Secretary of the Ministry of Finance and Ms. Gordana Tisma, Council Member of the State Audit Institution and Hana Hukic, President of the Commission for Protection of Rights in Public Procurement Procedures – all highlighted the importance of strengthening the financial performance through enhancing the control of contract execution and supporting the professionalization in public procurement.

Ms. Vojackova Sollorano thanked both the Swedish Government for successful cooperation in the area of public finance and the partners who are working with UNDP towards the same goal: accountable and transparent public finance management. She also noted that “Serbia has shown a strong commitment in the area of public finance management, and a number of important results as well. Some of the results have been recognized by the EU Progress Report for Serbia for 2015, specifically for Chapters 5 (Public Procurement) and 32 (Financial Control), such as positive changes in public procurement system and notable progress in external audit.”

During the conference, best EU practices were presented with focus on control of public procurement contract execution activities and mechanisms, established at the level of contracting authorities and at the level of external control. The participants had the opportunity to analyze perspectives of control mechanisms in public procurement, as well as further upgrading of professionalization of public procurement officers, including developing more advanced levels of certification, improving recognition of PP officers as well as a proper status of the officers.

This project forms part of a larger scale UNDP portfolio targeting accountability mechanisms in public finances, building on achievements from a 2-year project preceding this intervention.

For more information, please contact Stevan Vujasinović by phone on +381 (0)11 4155 310 or by e-mail at communications.rs@undp.org

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