Parliamentary Training Programme – Economics, Public Finance and Budget Management
Members of Parliament and Secretariat Complete Economics, Public Finance and Budget Management Training Programme
João Rui Amaral, Secretary General of the National Parliament, today conferred Certificates of Merit on 21 members of the Secretariat staff that successfully completed the Parliamentary Training Programme on Economics, Public Finance and Budget Management. The month-long skills and knowledge building programme was presented as part of UNDP’s multi-year project “Strengthening the Institutional Capacity of the National Parliament of Timor-Leste”, which is funded by the European Union (EU).
“My job is to support members of Parliament in their work with the annual budget, so it’s important that I understand the details,” said Natalia Bere, Technical Budget Analyst for Commission A of the National Parliament. “This training helped build my capacity in how to analyze the government’s economics and public finance, and better understand the country’s macroeconomics, which will benefit the community in Timor-Leste.”
The training was 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 fiscalization; and key principles of international economics.
“With this development intervention we have strengthened the skills 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 Dra. Margarida Rodrigues, the EU-funded Finance and Budget specialist who led the training.
A total of 29 trainees, 17 women and 12 men including three legal drafters, three researchers, four finance analysts and selected specialists from all Parliamentary Committees participated in the program.