Over 1000 Local officials virtually attended “Bridging Policies with Budgets” workshopSociety
Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/. UNDP Mongolia in collaboration with the Ministries of Finance, Labor and Social Protection, and Food, Agriculture, and Light Industry as well as all Local Governor’s offices organized a virtual workshop on “Bridging Policies with Budgets” on October 6-8 within the framework of the European Union funded “SDG-Aligned Budgeting to Transform Employment in Mongolia” project.
Over 1,000 (double counting) representatives from the 21 local Governor’s offices, namely, investment and Development Policy and Planning, Social Policy, Finance, and treasury divisions, and local Labor and Welfare Service, Food and Agriculture and Veterinary departments attended the workshop.
Mr. Zorigtbaatar.P, Director-General, Local Government management and coordination Department, Cabinet Secretariat of the Government of Mongolia, Mr. Pierre-Yves Lucas, Cooperation Team Leader, Delegation of European Union to Mongolia, and Ms. Nashida Sattar, Deputy Resident Representative, UNDP Mongolia, delivered opening remarks to the workshop.
Mr. Zorigtbaatar.P highlighted “it is necessary to bridge development policies with budgets for successful implementation of Mongolia's long-term policy. The revised Law on the territorial and administrative units and their governance adopted in 2020 provides clearer functional delineation of administrative units and strengthens their economic and financial autonomy to ensure local development. Today’s workshop organized on eve of the effectiveness of the revised law provides a timely opportunity for local officials in charge of local development planning, budgeting, and public service provisions to reach clear understanding and information about the ongoing legal, development policy and PFM reforms”.
On the first day at the joint session presentations were made SDG-aligned or evidence-based and result-oriented planning and budgeting in terms of their importance and implementation issues and findings of a study on labour market demand and supply.
The respective sector sessions were held on October 7 and 8. Participants were presented presentations on the current development of food and agriculture and employment sectors and their long, medium-term policy, objectives and priorities, and the findings of the first public expenditure reviews of the respective sectors and exchanged views on the integration of local and sector development policies with budgets.
The UNDP, ILO and FAO have been jointly implementing the “SDG-aligned Budgeting to transform Employment in Mongolia” technical assistance project of the European Union EUR 50.8M Budget Support to Mongolia in collaboration with Parliament of Mongolia, National Audit Office, Ministry of Finance, the Ministry of Labor and Social Protection and Ministry of Food and Agriculture, Light Industry. The project aims to support efficient, accountable, and responsive delivery of public services in the Labour and Employment sector and the strengthening of the Public Finance Management systems to accelerate the results-oriented, evidence-based policies and planning and supporting institutional capacities
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