Solomons’ Development Fund Requirements To Change: Secretary

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Solomons’ Development Fund Requirements To Change: Secretary Constituency funds under fire as ‘slush fund’ for MPs

HONIARA, Solomon Islands (Solomon Star, March 29, 2014) – The implementation of Solomon Islands Constituency Development Funds (CDF) will be done in accordance with the requirements of the new Public Financial Management Act (PFMA) and its subsidiary financial instruments.

That’s according to the Permanent Secretary for Finance and Treasury, Shadrach Fanega.

Mr Fanega said these instruments include the Interim Financial Instructions (IFIs) and Procurement and Contract Administration Manual (PCAM).

He said Government is looking at streamlining the procurement requirements and processes to ensure efficient and effective implementation of CDF projects.

Mr Fanega added the extensive consultations are being undertaken between the Ministry of Rural Development (MRD) and Ministry of Finance and Treasury (MOFT) to help clarify the rules, requirements and processes under the PFMA.

He said that a three-day intensive training workshop was conducted by his ministry for Ministry of Rural Development (MRD) staff and Constituency Development Officers earlier this week.

"And the main outcome of the workshop has been the preparation of tender documents which are being put out in the media to invite expressions of interest from potential suppliers bidding to be preferred suppliers for commonly procured CDF project services/materials/inputs," Mr Fanega said.

"This will allow evaluation and selection to be done in the next couple of weeks, so that the actual procurement of goods and services can be undertaken as from next month."

Mr Fanega explained that the preferred supplier arrangements will then be fully compliant with the new PFMA requirements since it would have gone through the rigours of the normal pre-qualified tender process albeit only once.

"It will be more efficient because MRD will be able to purchase from any of the preferred suppliers for certain goods and services, without having to go through the process each time they go out to procure, thus expediting implementation of these CDF projects."

Mr Fanega expressed appreciation to the Government and Members of Parliament for their commitment to the goals of the public financial management reforms in abiding by the principles and provisions of the PFMA and its subsidiary instruments.

"By executing CDF projects under the new PFMA and the procurement rules, they are actually putting into effect the policy intention to enhance transparency of and improve accountability for the use of public funds."

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