Juba, South Sudan – AWEPA engaged experts in parliamentary budget scrutiny, analysis and public finance management to provide technical support in budget analysis and scrutiny to the South Sudan National Legislative Assembly (NLA) with a view of enhancing the Assembly’s ability to rationally consider, debate and appropriate national resources. Twenty-five members of the Committee on Economy, Development and Finance were the direct beneficiaries of this technical support.
The main objective of this activity was to provide the NLA with the much needed skills and techniques they require to effectively conduct budget scrutiny and analysis, especially with the problem of severe under-staffing in the Assembly’s Department of Parliamentary Budget. The specific objectives of the assignment were to:
- scrutinize the revenue side of the budget, including the Finance Bill;
- scrutinize the expenditure side of the budget;
- provide a comparative analysis of key elements of tax regimes extracted from the other East African Community (EAC) budgets for the financial years 2013/2014; and,
- provide support to the Committee in preparing a final report on the budget that was to be presented to House for consideration and appropriation.
This activity did not only enable Members of Parliament (MPs) and parliamentary staff gain skills for budget scrutiny and analysis, but also facilitated the production of several budget-related reports that enabled the MPs to conduct their budget oversight role more effectively. This improved capacity will contribute to a more rational and equitable distribution and utilization of national resources by the Executive.