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Tunis, 28 June 2006 – A new operation of the African Development Bank (AfDB) will support Morocco’s public administration reforms. The AfDB Board today approved a loan of 85 million of Euros to finance the implementation of the second phase of the Public Administration Reform Support Programme (PARSP), launched in 2003.
PARSP II seeks to improve the government’s efficiency in budget and human resources management and to consolidate and control the public payroll.
In order to improve public financial management, the programme will set up a medium-term expenditure framework, introduce measures for flexible budgeting, contractualization and partnership, strengthen internal auditing and introduce evaluation and monitoring of performance. It will also modernize the information system.
To improve efficiency in human resources management, the programme will support: the formulation and application of the strategic staffing framework; the introduction of new methods of recruitment and mobility incentives; the setting up of a system of promotion and evaluation of the performance of civil servants; and the establishment of plans for continuing education.
The control of the public service wage bill will be achieved through the following activities: forecasting of the trend of the wage bill in the civil service; qualitative re-profiling of the civil service; and stabilization of the civil service workforce.
The implementation of the PARSP II is set within a national context marked by a pressing need to address the issue of increased social demands and scarcity of budgetary resources to do so. The PARSP I laid important foundations for the administrative reform, namely: introduction of flexible budgeting, formulation of a strategic staffing framework and successful execution of the early retirement programme. In the second phase of the programme, the aim is to involve a larger number of ministries and place the implementation of the programme at a new level, while at the same time broadening the range of reforms pursued.
The ADB Group operations in Morocco started in 1970. To date, its commitments in the country stand at 43 billion Dirhams in 91 operations.
- Sources of financing: ADB, World Bank and European Union
- Estimated start-up date and duration: August 2006, for 18 months