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UPP Municipal Finance Self-Assessment Workshop in Skopje, Macedonia

Categories: Events, Workshops | Author: Maja | Posted: 10/4/2017 | Views: 6450
February 1-3, 2017, in Skopje, Macedonia


On February 1-3, 2017, in Skopje, Macedonia, Urban Partnership Program (UPP) organized an Urban Audit (UA) and Municipal Finance Self-Assessment (MFSA) technical workshop. The workshop gathered representatives from five Macedonian municipalities engaged in UPP: Kocani (UA and MFSA); Kriva Palanka (UA and MFSA); Strumica (UA and MFSA); Gazi Baba (UA); and Kisela Voda (MFSA). 

Focus of the workshop was presenting the status and progress of MFSA and UA implementation in each of the Macedonian municipalities. Participants had the opportunity to present their work and results of using MFSA/UA tools, benefits as well as challenges and how to overcome them. Tools were used to prepare multi annual budgets, local economic development strategies, as well as to prioritize projects, attract domestic and foreign investors and improve the overall economic environment on local level.

During the workshop participants discussed Risk strategies, Capital Investment Planning (CIP), Local Economic Development (LED) strategies. Municipalities raised the issue of the tight budget process and budget calendar in Macedonia. Certain mitigation to the risks associated with the narrow budget calendar and the central government pass through of delays to the local government budget matters might be mitigated with preparation of proper mid-term budget framework and earlier preparation of proper strategic documents at local level. 

One of the key outcomes of the workshop was identifying the necessity to ensure the cooperation between the different sectors of Local Government to secure efficient management, especially cooperation with the public procurement sector.

Finally, all participants confirmed commitment for continuation of their use of UA and MFSA as tools for creditworthiness, efficient screening of public finances, project identification and prioritization, O&M modelling for the development part of the budget, fiscal transparency, as well as inclusion of citizens to participate in matters of local government.

The municipalities appreciated the opportunity to address and discuss important issues of joint interest and provide support to one another by sharing their experiences and learnings.

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

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