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UPP Municipal Finance Self-Assessment Workshop in Prcanj, Montenegro

Categories: Events, Workshops | Author: Maja | Posted: 9/27/2017 | Views: 7120

On June 14-15, 2017 in the small town of Prcanj (bay of Boka Kotorska) in Montenegro Urban Partnership Program gathered around 30 participants from 12 Serbian and Montenegrin cities and municipalities (including Belgrade, Sabac, Pancevo, Nis, Subotica, Mojkovac, Pljevlja, Tivat, Bijelo Polje, Kotor, Budva and Bar), joined together with the representative from the Montenegro Ministry of Finance and Standing Conference of Towns and Municipalities (Local Government Association) of Serbia to discuss municipal finances and share experiences with their peers from neighboring country.

 

Main focus of the workshop was presenting the current status and progress in each of the two respective countries and participating cities/municipalities. During the course of the workshop participants had the opportunity to discuss financial positions, key indicators and action plans. While in Montenegro more than half of the total number of municipalities have been engaged in Municipal Finance Self-Assessment (MFSA) process in Serbia so far eight cities and municipalities have been working on it. Both capital cities of Belgrade and Podgorica have been using the tool for several years now. So far both countries have developed Action plan for all participating municipalities and will present their work in the upcoming City to City Dialogue (to be organized in Macedonia in the Fall 2017). Second part of the workshop was dedicated to the Capital Investment Planning, including basic functions, key steps as well as criteria to be followed when selecting projects.

 

The cities and municipalities appreciated the opportunity to share and discuss important issues of joint interest and compare laws and regulations, provide suggestions and advice to one another and to pose questions to the Ministry and LGA representatives in a safe environment.

 

At the end of the second day, the group visited Porto Montenegro (Tivat) as one of the most successful investment examples in Montenegro. Participants had the opportunity to hear and learn more about the history of the project, investments and upcoming developments from the representative of Porto Montenegro.





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Innovative Solutions for Sustainable Cities

Worldwide, local governments face an increasing demand from the growing urban population to provide basic infrastructure and services, promote more inclusive growth, adapt to climate change, and mitigate risks from disasters. Although development pathways differ because of regional and local variations, one consistent pattern has emerged: economic prosperity most often occurs in cities.

Cities can reduce poverty and expand individual and national prosperity. The bulk of economic activities take place in cities; urban centers attract business, trade and other service industries, and offer dense labor markets with the ability to move products over smaller distances, shortening the supply chain. However, cities in South-East Europe (SEE) do not yet harvest their full potential to contribute to economic prosperity and deliver better quality of life for their citizens. They face a number of challenges such as climate change, natural disasters, increasing global competition and financial instability. At the same time, cities have room for improvement: they can use their own resources more efficiently and also possess a huge potential for energy efficiency.

In order to address these challenges the World Bank and Government of Austria have partnered to launch the Urban Partnership Program (UPP) aimed to strengthen the capacity of local governments in South-East Europe, to promote city to city exchange and peer learning within and beyond Europe and to equip local elected officials, city administrators and technical staff with practical tools for decision-making, to effectively manage urban development for inclusive and sustainable growth. While global in scope, this Program is targeted at South-East Europe, including Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia. 

The Program is structured into three product lines to reflect the demand: E-learning & Knowledge products: Global curriculum through World Bank Open Learning Campus and Regional/local Partners: NALAS (E-Academy), LGAs; Connectivity through City to City Dialogues on Municipal Finance, Urban Planning & Land Management; and Sustainability through In depth city engagement, including self-assessment tools (Municipal Finance Self-Assessment and Urban Audit) and participatory methodologies (Integrity Building and Social Sustainability & Citizen Engagement). 

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