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Stakeholders who attended a two-day validation conference on Liberia’s new Public Financial Management (PFM) strategy have endorsed the new system that seeks to improve the country’s economic and budgetary performance and is expected to kick off in 2017 and end in 2020.The new strategy, which comes as a result of the current strategy that ended in June this year, will have an internal audit agency, unlike its predecessor.The conference was held from December 16-17, and was organized by the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning.Tanneh Geraldine Brunson, Deputy Minister for Budget at the Ministry of Finance, said improving budget credibility and comprehensiveness by strengthening the institutional capacities for preparing medium-term revenue and expenditure will bring all donor financing into the budget without hindrance.“Today, as we validate this new strategy that covers the next four years, it is very important that we re-emphasize these areas, some in which significant improvements have been made, but still needs to be addressed,” said Minister Brunson, who spoke on behalf of MFDP Minister Boima Kamara. According to her, there continues to be clear challenges to sustaining domestic resource generation in the country; however, she was quick to clarify that these challenges are not unique to Liberia. She named narrow tax base and a huge informal sector, lack of transparency which inhibits citizens’ willingness to comply with tax laws, as some of the challenges. Others are Illicit flows, tax havens, and transfer prices which circumvent the normal taxation process, as some of the obstacles in the sector.“We therefore need to build capacities of relevant stakeholder institutions, not only to mobilize domestic resources but also using them effectively and efficiently by enforcing tax payment compliance, reviewing tax relief policies, enhancing revenue collection through provision of proper tax information and education,” she suggested.Deputy Minister Brunson called on stakeholders to expand their tax base instead of raising tax rates.Minister Brunson also called for the enhancement of public investment management by integrating externally financed projects with the domestically financed public sector investment projects on a common platform. Emmanuel Togba, head of Public Financial Management Unit at MFDP, said the new law will also have county treasuries that would handle every financial matter in their respective localities.According to him, most of the PFM institutions collapsed, their systems failed, and human capacity deteriorated, culminating at a situation in which there was near complete absence of procedures in the application of public resources. “With assistance from our development partners,” he said, “the government enacted the PFM Act in 2009 to strengthen greater transparency and accountability around public resources.”The new strategy, he added, will guide the country for the next four years and, during the period, treasuries in the various counties, for example, will have their own procurement offices.Meanwhile, the conference was attended by representatives from the Ministry of Justice, General Auditing Commission, Governance Commission, Civil Service Agency, as well as development partners, namely the World Bank, IMF, USAID, EU, SIDA, and AFDB, among others.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Hairdryer team talks? Turn the setting to cool 1 This column originally appeared in Sport magazine, a brilliant free weekly publication packed with fantastic stories. Download the free iPad app here, and follow on Twitter @sportmaguk. And read on here to get former Bath and England rugby player David Flatman’s take on a big talking point from the world of sport, this week…“Cor, whatever the gaffer said at half-time, it’s worked!” is a reasonably common phrase in the world of sport. We fans also like to have a guess – pre-match and during the interval – as to what might be delivered to the players by their boss by way of last-minute purpose and direction.I can tell you that, in 14 years as a professional rugby player, I can remember one half-time talk. Just one. And the reason I can remember that one is because I was an as yet unused reserve. The team struggled badly in the first half and, looking to spark a change, the coach told me I was on immediately.“Mate, I need you to do a job on this prick,” he said, referring to Benoit Lecouls – the monstrously powerful, carnage-wreaking French prop I was running out to face in the second half. I think I remember this because I was not yet battling for oxygen, and also because I was rather excited.Otherwise, nada. So I think coaches’ talks are largely a myth. If we are talking specific tactical changes, then of course these can have an effect. Elite players should be good enough to respond and physically alter their actions. But that’s not generally the circumstance in which these phrases are used.We usually wonder about inspirational or hairdryer-based monologues when a team emerges rejuvenated and newly impassioned. And this is where I think we afford the team talk too much weight.I was part of a team that once underwent a study by a psychologist as to how we individually best absorbed information when under mental or physical duress, and how much of it would actually register.Pre-intervention, it was noted that we had an A4 ‘tip sheet’ given to each of us before each match that contained 78 tips. Seventyeight. Then we were bombarded with instructions and aggressive, sweary affirmations. Almost none of it went in, it was discovered.After a few months, and after the psychologist had spoken rationally to those who loved to offer orders and information, and to those who loved to shout a lot, things changed.I got a tip sheet with two tips on it. Two. And I recall them to this day. Our defence coach was a top bloke and was happy to totally adjust his natural pre-match behaviour to help improve real productivity, so the shouting and back-slapping gee-ups stopped and simple, reduced communication started.Never had I felt clearer as to my role when running on to the field.As for half-time, it was always a blur of rehydration, searching the air for oxygen, and having knocks either strapped up or jabbed. Most coaches seemed to need to shout things, almost as if that were what they thought they had to do.But the best ones always stayed calm, took their time, and gave the players as little to remember as possible.Shouting and balling means nothing. Just give me the info.