African Development Bank contributes to strengthening of economic and financial governance in Niger
The implementation of the Support Project for Internal Resource Mobilization and the Improvement of Economic and Financial Governance (PAMOGEF), supported by the African Development Bank (AfDB), has contributed to strengthening Niger's economic resilience through the 'improvement of internal resource mobilization and efficient management of public finances.
The tax burden fell from 13% of GDP in 2011 to 15.2% of GDP in 2018. Over the past five years, the budget has been presented to the National Assembly on time and public access to information got stronger. The rate of expenditure of priority sectors has also improved with a significant reduction in the gaps between budget forecasts and actual outputs.
Funded to the tune of $13.2 million by the African Development Bank, PAMOGEF was implemented between 2012 and 2019 and contributed to strengthening the institutional capacities of financial administrations, taxpayers and civil society. The PAMOGEF made it possible, among other things, to strengthen the mobilization of internal resources through significant technical support to tax and customs administrations; it also made it possible to lay the foundations for modern planning through decisive support for the production of the SDDCI Sustainable Development and Inclusive Growth Strategy in Niger.
In addition, with PAMOGEF, the country has adopted a mining strategy and an oil policy on the eve of Niger's entry into the club of major African hydrocarbon exporters; and the project also enabled an improvement of the public finance management system by strengthening the budget chain, the introduction of results-based programmatic management and the improvement of the capacities of internal control and citizen control with a Court accounts judiciously using the computer tool for the timely production of management accounts reports and draft budget regulations.
At least 2,889 executives and public officials (treasurers, customs officials, tax officials, communication officers, IT specialists) working in the structures in charge of mobilizing internal resources (taxes, customs, treasury and public accounting) have received training allowing a clear reinforcement of their skills and an improvement of their working conditions with adequate equipment. About 27.5% of these trained officials are women.
In addition, 322 officials from the Ministries of Mines and Petroleum, 20.2% of whom were women, benefited from relevant training and improved working conditions. In addition, 146 direct beneficiaries, executives, agents, investigators, in charge of data collection (including 28% women) of the structures in charge of planning and economic programming have benefited from training on several topics deemed relevant. They have also been provided with equipment (IT equipment, office furniture, etc.).
106 other civil servants, in particular authorizing officers, controllers, IT specialists, finance officers, 48% of whom are women, all from the structures in charge of the budget process (Budget Department, Financial Control Department, Finance Department). financial IT), received appropriate training and benefited from IT equipment. In addition to these trainings, PAMOGEF has contributed to improving the information systems of Customs services and in the area of public procurement.
Improving economic and financial governance remains a priority for the government in order to continue consolidating the country's resilience in the face of various climate, security and economic challenges. To this end, the Bank remains committed alongside the government for institutional capacity building. The Bank's approval in September 2019 of the financing of the Economic Competitiveness and Financial Management Support Project (PACEGEF) met this objective.