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DOHA, Qatar – September 2016 – The Qatar Institute for Public Finance (QIPF), held a press conference in Doha on September 28, to highlight some of the outcomes and valuable insights gained during the course of its two-day workshop on the challenges, lessons and opportunities of using Performance Information for Public Sector Budgeting and Management.

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QIPF organized the intensive workshop in the presence of HE Undersecretary of the Ministry of Finance Mr. Khalaf Bin Ahmed Al Mannai, the CEO of Qatar Finance and Business Academy Dr. Abdelaziz Al Horr and distinguished speakers from Austria and Canada. The occasion aimed to share the experiences of Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) countries that have engaged in public sector modernization reforms, including Qatar, which went through a series of reforms that aim to boost the efficiency of public services and optimize the sector’s value creation, as part of the country’s National Development Strategy 2011-2016.

HE Undersecretary of the Ministry of Finance Mr. Khalaf Bin Ahmed Al Mannai said:

“As citizens’ expectations from government and public service institutions continue to evolve, a cohesive Public Sector reform and modernization strategy is no longer a luxury in today’s world. It is at the heart of bringing about positive change and creating an environment that both facilitates and governs a country’s growth and development … Which is why we gathered in this workshop”. He added: “As a member of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), Qatar, through its Ministry of Finance and other stakeholders in the Public Sector, has taken this critical mission seriously and dovetailed it with the country’s National Development Strategy 2011-2016, resulting in a raft of structural reforms that sight more efficient, transparent and responsive public services for citizens, in the course of realizing the objectives of Qatar’s National Vision for the year 2030”.

From his part, Dr. Abdulaziz Al Horr, CEO of QFBA and one of the speakers at the conference, noted:

“Although there is tremendous value in bringing together the experts and authorities in directing and managing public sector reforms in different OECD countries and parts of the world to one platform so they can share their experiences in the process, the most important gains come in the form of the invaluable insights that transpired through the exchange of ideas and expertise that took place at the QIPF workshop, on the stage and off. We sincerely hope that the Qatari experience in public sector optimization reforms brought value to the conversation and can benefit other OECD countries embarking on the same course of action, the same way we have gained a better understanding of some aspects of the process through the workshop’s insightful sessions.”

During the workshop, OECD’s Budgeting and Public Expenditure Senior Policy Analyst Ms. Delphine Moretti and Mr. Jón R. Blöndal, Head of Budgeting and Public Expenditures division in OECD highlighted the main concepts associated with performance evaluation in the public sector, and provided an overview of Practices and Reforms in OECD Countries.

On his part, Mr. Gerhard Steger, the former Director General for Budget and Public Finances of the Austrian Federal Ministry of Finance, presented how, in Austria, performance objectives and indicators are defined with the objective of limiting performance information to the most relevant aspects for decision-making, and remaining constant over a long period of time, in order to be able to monitor developments, and providing understandable data to users (parliament and public). In parallel, Mr. Chris Boughton, senior policy analyst in the Government of Canada’s Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat, Program Performance and Evaluation Division, shared insight on departmental performance measurement and evaluation through monitoring, guidance, and capacity building.

The QIPF workshop served as a professional platform to explain the basics of good and transparent reporting on performance, while presenting case studies that demonstrate the implementation of such policies and adopting best practices in different OECD Countries.

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