Project Case Study
Conducting a public expenditure management review in Cambodia
Providing public financial management expertise
The government of Cambodia has been pursuing a reform programme across all public sectors for some years, aiming to instil higher standards of management in government.
The public financial management programme has been a key tenet of the general reform process, funded by a consortium of donor partners including the World Bank, the UK’s Department for International Development and DFAT.
In 2006, we were asked to provide an external advisory panel to assess the impact of the Public Financial Management Reform Programme in Cambodia.
The Panel assessed a merit based pay initiative, tax reform, public expenditure management reform, budgeting processes and procurement policy.
A final report was produced, identifying successes and failures to date in the programme and suggesting ways forward. We spent several weeks in Cambodia meeting with high level Ministry of Finance and other government officials.
The final report was presented to the Senior Minister of Economy and Finance and other senior ministry officials at a senior public financial management reform working group retreat in Sihanoukville.