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Modernizing Local Public Expenditure Management

May 15-17 2012
Second City-to-City Municipal Finance Dialogue took place in Mavrovo, Macedonia May 15-17, 2012.
This peer to peer learning workshop was dedicated to local public expenditure management. The workshop was attended by 60 participants representing local government associations from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, and Serbia; NALAS, partner cities/municipalities and local experts; as well as delegates from Ministries of Finance. 
Following the first workshop on local government revenues, this one focused on selected aspects of expenditure management. The workshop sessions were organized as a series of presentations together with panel discussions. This provided a good opportunity for sharing information on Central, Eastern European and global cases in expenditure management, together with experiences from the participating countries. Sessions and panel discussions were complemented with the visit to Gostivar Municipality where the group was hosted by Mayor Mr. Rufi Osmani and Head of the Finance Department Mrs. Shiret Elezi. 
Beyond the exchange of information on local expenditure management this workshop discussed the initial findings of the two knowledge products of the C2C Dialogue process: the Municipal finances Self-Assessment (MFSA) and the Municipal Finance Review (MFR).
The presentations by international and regional experts provided examples from other countries and global trends. The panelists presented their national legal-institutional conditions and specific issues in their own municipalities.


"The MFSA tool is very useful and can help LGs assess their financial performance and look for additional financing. On the other hand, it is a huge responsibility to translate the budget into strategies that will drive LG's development",
Reisa Duraj, Head of Finance and Treasure Relations Sector of the Shkoder Municipality, Albania

"This capacity building program will enhance knowledge and skills of local governments, particularly of medium and large cities."

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