Mr. Ahmed Kouchouk, Egyptian Vice Minister of Finance for Fiscal Policies and Institutional Reforms officially opened and closed a PEFA training event designed and delivered for government officials from different departments of the Ministry of Finance of Egypt.
In his address, Vice Minister Kouchouk asked the participants to capitalize on key takeaways from the training and build on the expertise of their peers to support the launch of a PEFA assessment in Egypt. While the decision on the PEFA assessment has not yet been finalized, the Vice Minister stressed that he considers it as a crucial input to ongoing public financial management (PFM) reform efforts in Egypt.
The training was delivered by the PEFA Secretariat and organized by Expertise France in Cairo, Egypt from January 15—18, 2018. The course was carried out as part of the European Union funded project ‘Support to Public Finance Management Project in Egypt’ and delivered in English with simultaneous translation into Arabic.
The training was designed around a series of practical workshops, using exercises and participative discussion, to strengthen knowledge on the planning, implementation, and use of PEFA 2016. The workshop specifically focused on the PEFA indicators and the assessment process. Participants said they particularly enjoyed engaging in discussions on how to manage a PEFA assessment and prepare a concept note.