Developing ICT Based Budget Formulation and Management Systems/Modules

03/19/2018 - 03/23/2018 at Ebene, Mauritius

Several AFS countries are currently experiencing significant challenges with the operation of their budget management systems. AFS countries typically rely on a combination of excel/word based models to analyze, formulate, integrate, aggregate and present their annual budgets. In some countries, the information generated by the budget models is subsequently transferred to the Treasury Financial Management Systems (FMIS) to facilitate budget execution. In the face of tight budget deadlines this budget systems framework typically results in considerable budget directorate effort to ensure the integrity of budget data and limit the scope of budget analysis and presentation. Such constraints negatively affect budget analysts’ ability to: (i) consider alternative budget options; (ii) provide an effective budget challenge function; (iii) ensure the timeliness of budget analysis and submissions; and (iv) ensure the quality, accessibility and credibility of the final budget. Ultimately these challenges combine to undermine effective budget implementation and management.