Public Expenditure Management Peer Assisted Learning (PEMPAL)
The Public Expenditure Management Peer Assisted Learning (PEMPAL) network (www.pempal.org) brings together officials from some 18 Eastern European and Central Asian counties, all of whom are involved in some aspects of public financial management reform.
PEMPAL operates through a series of communities of practice and Michael Parry has acted as an expert adviser to the Treasury Community of Practice. This has included delivering papers and presentations and participating in discussions on a range of topics, including:
- Integrating charts of accounts and budget classification
- Financial management information systems
- International Public Sector Accounting Standards (IPSAS) and statistical reporting systems (GFS and ESA)
- Treasury risk management and control
Michael Parry has also supported the analysis of questionnaires on public financial management practices across the region to build a picture of PFM practices and issues. This and other papers are published on the PEMPAL web site.
PEMPAL has demonstrated the value of bringing together PFM professionals facing similar problems. Technical advisers have learnt from the process that the real challenges are often quite different from those perceived by external experts!