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Cameroon in 2016: 161 programs tabled, 157 adopted

The Prime Minister has chaired a session of the Steering Committee of the Program to Modernise the Administration by introducing Results-based Management (PROMAGAR).  Out of 161 programs that were tabled for scrutiny during the third session of the Steering Committee of the Program to Modernise the Administration by introducing Results-based Management (PROMAGAR), yesterday, September 22, 2015 at the Star Building, 157 were adopted. The two-hour in-camera session that started at 9 am was chaired by the Prime Minister, Head of Government, Philemon Yang.

The projects had been retained by the Inter-ministerial Committee for the Examination of Programs (CIEP) during its fourth session from 6 to 21 August 2015 in preparation for the second triennial Budget Program due 2016. Speaking to the press after the session, the Head of the Coordinating Unit of PROMAGAR and Technical Adviser at the Prime Minister’s Office, George Elanga Obam, revealed that projects which were not adopted were either discarded or fused. In that category, the Ministry of Water Resources and Energy was told to fuse two of its programmes likewise the Ministry of Women Empowerment and the Family. The session discarded a program of the Ministry of Tourism and Leisure which aimed at ensuring security of tourists. 

The Prime Minister instructed the Minister of Finance, Alamine Ousmane Mey, who is in charge of budget execution to retain the adopted programs and undertake the corrections made. Ministers were also told to ensure that henceforth budget conferences hold after the CIEP session so that programmes adopted benefit from allocation of resources. The Minister of Finance was also tasked to ensure that inspectors general who have the duty of auditing programmes should be assigned as programme coordinators. While the spirit of conviviality and exchange prevailed during the session, George Elanga Obam said, the participants did not lose sight of the objective of government policy to ensure sustainable economic development with emphasis on improving the living conditions of Cameroonians.

Since 2007 when State budget management by programs was institutionalised in Cameroon, public finance reforms have known several milestones highlighted by the integral shift in 2013 to the new program budget paradigm whose second phase starts in 2016. Thus, the Finance Minister in his presentation yesterday noted that since 2012, there is growing satisfaction with the implementation of reforms which introduced results-based management through the notion of the program budget.

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