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					    PROGRAMME-BASED BUDGETING WORKSHOP




              OPENING REMARKS BY




          Y.BHG. DATO’ NORIYAH AHMAD

DIRECTOR GENERAL OF THE ECONOMIC PLANNING UNIT,

         PRIME MINISTER’S DEPARTMENT




      Putrajaya International Convention Centre


                   4th March 2010




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Mr. Jim Brumby
Sector Manager
Public Sector & Governance
World Bank;

Mr. Theo Thomas
Senior Public Sector Specialist
Public Sector & Governance
World Bank;

Mr. Adrian Nye
Senior consultant of Australia;

Dr. Nowook Park
Director at the Centre for Performance Evaluation & Management,
Korea Institute of Public Finance;

Distinguished Guests;
Ladies and Gentlemen.


Assalamualaikum and a very good morning to all of you.


1.      It gives me great pleasure to be here today to welcome the
World Bank and the ministries to this two-day Programme-Based
Budgeting Workshop. I would like to commend the World Bank for
engaging their experts from four different countries with their vast
experience in the public sector management to conduct this
workshop.



2.      The objective of this workshop is to provide the participants a
better understanding on programme-based budgeting as well as to
learn     the   experiences    in   implementing    programme-based
budgeting in other countries, namely South Korea, Australia and


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Brazil. We will also find out how some of these countries manage
resource management reform.



Ladies and Gentlemen,



3.   The Economic Planning Unit is in the midst of preparing the
10th Malaysia Plan, 2011-2015. In order to improve development
results under the Tenth Plan, a more specific focus on outcomes of
programmes and projects will be emphasised. This will ensure that
programmes and projects produce the desired outcomes that will
achieve identified national priorities. Towards this end, an
outcome-based approach will be adopted in the planning and
implementation of the Tenth Plan.



4.   At the planning stage, an integrated planning framework was
formulated with the five National Mission Thrusts retained as a
basis for planning. For each Thrust, key result areas (KRAs) or
national priorities with targeted outcomes were identified to narrow
down policy direction at the national level. To ensure that efforts
are focussed towards achieving outcomes, programmes were
formulated for each KRA. Outcomes will be measured against key
performance indicators (KPIs) to evaluate the effectiveness of
programmes and projects implemented by the ministries and
agencies.




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5.      The framework, which comprises KRAs, outcomes, KPIs and
programmes at the national level is systematically cascaded down
to the implementation level. This means that KRAs, outcomes,
KPIs, and programmes identified at the ministry level are in line
with the national level framework. This framework will be adhered
to by ministries and agencies when planning and implementing
their programmes. These programmes comprise a number of
projects and activities to be implemented by one or more
ministries. Projects and activities will be approved on the basis of
their contribution to programme outcomes and commitment will be
made on the basis of priority. The outcome-based approach is
expected to improve overall performance and enhance public
sector service delivery towards achieving the objectives of Vision
2020.


6.      To allocate funding to these programmes and projects,
outcome-based budgeting or programme-based budgeting will be
implemented. Among others, the programme-based budgeting is
expected to:


      clear alignment of national goal to operational levels;
      remove cross cutting issues among ministries and agencies;
      eliminate overlapping and redundant programmes; and
      integrate monitoring and evaluation system.




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Ladies and Gentlemen,


7.   For the Tenth Plan, all project submissions are based on
programmes.     Through     these    programmes,      development
expenditure and operating expenditure will be integrated to reflect
total budget requirement in implementing projects by one or more
ministries. This integration will eliminate redundancy of funding
and ensure value-for-money as well as ensure policies and
resource allocation is better coordinated. Therefore, the adoption
of program-based budgeting, as a whole, will result in increased
efficiency in the management of government programmes by
focusing on performance and improved accountability during the
Plan period.


Ladies and Gentlemen,


8.   Given the comprehensive nature of this topic and the
challenges associated with programme-based budgeting, this
workshop will be a unique event to discuss the current trends and
efforts to plan and implement programme-based budgeting. This
two-day workshop will use a mixture of presentations, discussions
and group works to transfer knowledge and to facilitate the process
of sharing experiences and mutual learning.


9.   I hope that this two-day workshop will be fully utilised by all
participants, in sharing knowledge and experiences on programme-
based budgeting. In addition, I hope that the participants would
take this opportunity to gain deeper understanding of programme-
based budgeting so that the knowledge can be applied towards the

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smooth implementation of the 10th Malaysia Plan. Lastly, I wish to
conclude by sincerely recording my thanks and appreciation to the
central agencies and ministries for your attendance and the World
Bank consultants for sharing their experiences and knowledge on
programme-based budgeting in this workshop.


Thank you and Assalamualaikum.




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