Parliamentary training on economics, public finance and budget management

Mar 1, 2013

imageCesar Quintas, head of UNDP's Parliament project (left), with João Rui Amaral, Secretary General of the National Parliament (centre) and Margarida Rodrigues, Finance and Budget Specialist, at the opening of the training. Photo: Sandra Magno/UNDP TL

Dili – The Secretary General of the National Parliament will today inaugurate a training programme designed to strengthen the capacity and knowledge of Members of Parliament and Secretariat staff in the areas of economics, public finance and budget management. It is being presented as part of UNDP’s multi-year project Strengthening the Institutional Capacity of the National Parliament in Timor-Leste, which is funded by the European Union (EU).

“This development intervention will enhance the capacity and expertise among the participants to analyze, scrutinize, debate and approve the national budget as well as exercise regular oversight of government financial expenditures,” said Margarida Rodrigues, the EU-funded Finance and Budget Specialist who is leading the training.

The training will be structured around four main modules, each focused on bridging knowledge gaps in different but interrelated areas:  the state budget process; budget execution procedures; fundamental concepts of economics, public finance, public accounts; and key principles of international economics.

A total of 25 trainees, including nine legal drafters, four researchers, four finance analysts and selected specialists from all Parliamentary Committees are scheduled to attend the training which will continue until June 2013.

Contact Information

Luca Bruccheri, Programme Officer