$ 55 Million for Panama's Public Finances

The World Bank will provide a loan in order to improve efficiency in Panama´s public sector.

Friday, March 11, 2011


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The project aligns with Panama´s Government in the search for more efficient spending. The loan will result in more transparent daily operations based on performance and subject to accountability.

The program looks to integrate government sectors and generate a new, more efficient model. This new model might cover 100 percent of government agencies and 90 percent of central government resources, a significant improvement over the current system.

"The ambitious investment program of our Government has benefited from economic growth and increased tax revenue. But to ensure accountability and public support for the plan, we recognize that we must improve the quality and efficiency of that spending," said Felix Adames, investment programming director at the Ministry of Economy and Finance (MEF).

The Government hopes to improve budget presentation to Congress, including classification of programs and goals. In addition, the MEF and the Comptroller General of the Republic (CGR) seek to provide quality financial reports according to the latest accounting and auditing practices. Finally, the government wishes to improve perception by the public and by the private sector.

The project includes four main components:

• Strengthening management and evaluation of budgets based on performance.

• Improve performance, accountability and control through a new model of financial management.

• Strengthen public purchases, increase efficiency and effectiveness of goods and services the government provides to citizens.

• Creation and support of project management skills.

The project is financed by a U.S. $ 55 million loan with a 25 year maturity and a 4 year grace period.

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