NEFC launches 2008 review

National, Normal

THE National Economic and Fiscal Commission (NEFC) will launch its provincial expenditure review 2008 this afternoon at Morauta House.
The review, titled “walking the talk” is the fourth in the NEFC’s series of provincial expenditure reviews, providing an opportunity to spotlight emerging trends in spending patterns of provincial administrations
Chief Secretary Manasupe Zurenouc will launch the review.
Prior to the launch, NEFC chairman and chief executive officer Nao Badu will make a power-point presentation.
Mr Badu said the study was a continuation of similar analysts that carried out for fiscal years 2005-07.
“Walking the talk is about spending money on essential service delivery activities,” Mr Badu said.
Such activities include medical supplies distribution, provision of basic education materials, maintaining of roads and conducting agriculture extension.
Mr Badu explained: “It looks at the implementation of the reforms where addition funding is being provided to provinces and the distribution of these funds based on need”.
NEFC envisages that the report would stimulate discussion around these issues by considering costs, fiscal capacity and provincial expenditure patterns.
“We are painting a picture of how we are doing and where we need change,” Mr Badu added.
NEFC information and communications policy analyst Elizabeth Solomon Babate echoed these sentiments and said “It’s all about improving basic service delivery, and we want to sell the reform of intergovernmental financing arrangements”.