Monthly Archive July 2018

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clinique fiduciaire

L’Institut africain de développement (ECAD), le département des Services fiduciaires (SNFI), le département du Contrôle financier (FICF) en étroite collaboration avec le Bureau national de la Banque africaine de développement au Niger (CONE), ont organisé à Niamey, au Niger, du 9 au 12 juillet 2018, un atelier de renforcement des capacités au profit des cellules d’exécution et des structures de l’administration publique impliquées dans la mise en œuvre des projets cofinancés par la Banque.

L’objectif de cette clinique fiduciaire est d’analyser en profondeur les difficultés rencontrées dans l’exécution du portefeuille du Niger, et de discuter des mesures d’amélioration, notamment des questions liées aux acquisitions, à la gestion financière et aux décaissements afin d’accroître la performance de l’exécution des projets et d’atteindre les objectifs de développement. L’atelier répond ainsi à l’une des principales recommandations de la dernière revue du portefeuille conduite en avril 2018.

Dans son allocution d’ouverture, Mahaman Aba, secrétaire général adjoint au ministère du Plan du Niger, a exprimé sa reconnaissance à la Banque pour l’organisation de cet atelier. Cette clinique fiduciaire permet en effet de répondre de façon immédiate aux différentes préoccupations et de résoudre les problèmes majeurs liés à la gestion et aux fonctions fiduciaires.

Plus tôt, Nouridine Kane Dia, responsable pays de la Banque pour le Niger, a, dans son mot de bienvenue, souligné que cet atelier s’inscrivait bien dans le cadre global de la Stratégie de renforcement des capacités nationales de la Banque africaine de développement. Il a également traduit l’engagement de la Banque à accompagner les efforts de ses pays membres régionaux pour assurer une mise en œuvre efficace et efficiente des projets.

Pour le cas particulier du Niger, cette clinique vise à améliorer de manière significative la performance des opérations et la qualité du portefeuille de la Banque. Nouridine Kane Dia a précisé qu’à la fin de la formation, des résultats spécifiques étaient attendus, comme la bonne exécution des plans de passation des marchés, la tenue d’une comptabilité de projet conformément aux normes professionnelles, la gestion rationnelle et efficace des ressources de projets, la soumission des rapports d’audit des projets dans les délais requis, l’exécution effective des recommandations des plans d’action issus des différentes revues effectuées par la Banque dans les domaines de la passation des marchés, de la gestion financière et du décaissement, ainsi que l’augmentation du volume de décaissement dans les projets.

Enfin, le responsable pays de la Banque pour le Niger a vivement exhorté les participants à prendre part activement aux travaux, tout en espérant que l’atelier constitue un moment privilégié d’échanges et de partage d’expériences avec les experts de la Banque.

Animée par Ba Samba-Dioum (SNFI), Fulbert Egnile (FICF) et Sylvain Coulibaly Gnegnery (SNFI), cette clinique fiduciaire a regroupé près de 70 participants issus des cellules d’exécution des opérations de la Banque, ainsi que des cadres des ministères de tutelle. La coordination et la facilitation de l’atelier ont été pris en charge par Hortense Tchié (ECAD).

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Scaling up Public Private Partnerships for the Energy Sector

In line with the High 5s, the African Development Institute (ECAD) in collaboration with the African Legal Support Facility (ALSF), the Eastern Africa Regional Center (RDGE) and the Sudan Country Office (COSD) conducted a capacity building workshop on “Scaling up Public Private Partnerships for the Energy Sector” for practitioners in Khartoum, Sudan from 8-12 July 2018.

The objective of the workshop was to strengthen the legal and financial capacities of key PPP stakeholders in Sudan on how to initiate, implement and maintain PPPs in energy Sector. PPPs are innovative financing mechanisms in meeting the growing demand for infrastructure investment in Africa estimated to exceed US $50 to 70 billion annually. Thus, the workshop is crucial in generating and disseminating knowledge to transform Sudan’s economy, build enduring institutions and strengthen policy-making capacity.

Based on demand, the five-day workshop training specifically covered critical topics and contents on PPP policy, legal, regulatory and institutional framework. The workshop also focused on project identification, structuring, procurement, feasibility, insurance, risk management and financing. Case studies, exercises, simulations, group discussions, e-Learning, videos, presentations and role-plays were held to enhance effective knowledge transfer during the workshop.

A total of forty participants (40% being women) were drawn from the Ministries of Finance and Economic Planning, Water and Energy Resources, Transport, Industry as well as the Private Sector and Civil Society.

In his opening remarks, the country’s Under-Secretary Abdallah Ibrahim, said that he was impressed with the professional training accorded to the PPP Unit. With the lifting of sanctions, he underscored that sound policies combined with political support were crucial in driving growth and development in Sudan. He further highlighted the major role played by the private sector. Abdallah Ibrahim extended his country’s appreciations to the African Development Bank for delivering a high quality workshop.

The Director of PPP Unit in the Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning, Hayat Hassan Shamat Salih, echoed the importance of the African Development Institute in disseminating knowledge in public-private partnerships in Sudan. She outlined that since 2015, the government adopted comprehensive laws and programs to improve the climate for PPPs and unlocking private sector barriers.

Participants were encouraged not only to seize the opportunity but also to leverage the knowledge and skills to be acquire in order to shape the destiny of the country through PPPs.

Productive sessions are the hallmark of the intellectual discourse. Participants expressed worthiness of the timely intervention

 

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Institutional Capacity and Fudiciary Clinic

The Program and Knowledge Management Division of the African Development Institute (ECAD.1) has launched its new approach to building capacity for project implementation in Abuja, Nigeria. The newly minted Institutional Capacity and Fiduciary Clinic (ICFC) is a holistic approach that combines country capacity building, institutional capacity and leadership capacity of project staff. The first workshop of its kind took place in Abuja, Nigeria from 2 – 5 July 2018 in collaboration with the Nigeria Country Department (RDNG). Though the core mandate of the African Development Bank is development financing, ECAD recognizes that achieving the High 5 Agenda of the Bank depends critically on the depth and wealth of our knowledge and capacity, the development challenges facing the Continent and individual African Regional Member Countries (RMCs).

In addition to the previous approach that focuses on providing training on fiduciary issues of project implementation, the new approach adds strengthening capacity of the wider system in which projects are situated. These include formal institutional arrangements such as policies, laws, rules and regulations as well as informal norms, customs and other informal arrangements affecting development effectiveness. The new approach also captures the organisational arrangements and individual knowledge, skills and attitudes in project implementation. The overarching aim is to support, build and maintain strong interrelationship between actors in the sector/system. For this to work well, focus must be both on the interrelations between the organizations and individuals and groups of individuals.

The objective of the just ended ICFC workshop in Nigeria was to reinforce the capacity of projects staff involved in the execution, management and follow up of projects and programmes financed by the Bank. Additionally, the workshop aims at strengthening the institutional capacity to deliver better on development issues in Nigeria. The Workshop combined skill development on fiduciary issues (procurement, contract management, disbursement and financial management) with soft organisational skills that are equally important in project implementation. It was also a forum to discuss wider economic issues in the external environment in which our projects are situated including leadership, team building, time management, change management and communication.

Welcoming participants on behalf of the Senior Director Ebrima Faal, Country Operations Manager, Late Lawson  reiterated that though Nigeria’s portfolio remains healthy, one cannot deny the fact that the country continues to wrestle with a number of issues relating to project implementation.  He welcomed the timely launch of the new approach in Nigeria and highlighted the critical importance of the workshop in supporting the management of Bank-funded projects in the country. In his opening remarks,  Chidozie Emenuga, Officer-in Charge of ECAD assured participants of the Department’s commitment to providing timely and relevant capacity that makes institutions stronger and better positioned to deliver on the Bank’s projects.

Explaining the objectives of the workshop and the rationale for the institutional capacity building approach,  Foster Ofosu, Capacity Development Officer at the Bank discussed the need to balance technical skills and intangible organisational skills in building institutional capacity.  He urged the participants to take full advantage of new approach to enhance their skills to manage   project implementation challenges.

 Sixty-two participants drawn from the Bank’s Agriculture sector projects in Nigeria participated in the workshop. The participants expressed their satisfaction with the approach and urged the Bank to provide more managerial skills in addition to technical skills needed to manage fiduciary issues in project implementation.

 

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