PIB Preparation Handbook: Officials of public administrations involved

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Le Directeur général de l’Economie et de la Programmation des Investissements Publics a présidé le mardi 08 septembre 2020 à Yaoundé, au nom du Ministre de l’Economie, de la Planification et de l’Aménagement du Territoire, l’Atelier d’appropriation du Guide de Préparation du BIP auprès des administrations sectorielles.

This document is a reference tool which will ensure a harmonised uptake and a good mastery of the concepts, and will allow a better ownership of processes through the main components of the PPBS system (Planning-Programming-Budgeting-Follow-up and Evaluation). The final aim of this document is to streamline the process of preparing the State Budget. The public investment budget preparation handbook for line administrations is therefore a methodological tool which aims at setting the standards for the preparation of the investment budget in Cameroon, and at popularising budgeting techniques and good practices in the field.

The ownership workshop, which held from 8 to 9 September 2020, focused on five main themes: (i) Foundations of the PIB preparation reform; (ii) the State budget timetable; (iii) Selection of public investment projects; (iv) the technique for preparing specific appropriations and (v) Methodology for budgeting specific appropriations.

As a reminder, the search for efficiency in public expenditure is a constant endeavour of the Government, in the light of major reforms undertaken in public finance management. In particular, a number of inadequacies were identified as regards the PIB execution due to a lack of understanding and control over the choice of investment projects or the calculation of project costs.
Therefore, based on the need to have a reference document, the Government has set about producing this tool as part of the Public Expenditure and Statistical System Efficiency Improvement Project (PEPS) financed by the World Bank.
This workshop was also an opportunity to take stock of difficulties encountered during budget preparation, with a view to finding appropriate solutions to significantly improve the quality of the documents appended to the finance bills for financial year 2021.