1. H.E. Chhieng Yanara, chairman of the Partnership & Harmonization TWG and Secretary General of CRDB/CDC, welcomed all participants to the meeting including all new members from RGC, Development Partners and Representations from Civil Society. In his opening remarks, he raised the agreed need at CDCF, on December last year, to intensify the effort to promote the impact of development cooperation and to work closely with RGC ministries and agencies to ensure that our work is relevant, effective and efficient; and with Development Partners to ensure development results.
2. Therefore, the agendas of the meeting were as follows, which focused mainly on the 2nd agenda_ JMI on aid effectiveness.
Organization of P&H TWG in 2009
3. In this agenda, there were three issues to discuss. The first was new members from RGC ministries, agencies and DPs. H.E. Chair mentioned that each TWG has been asked to (re)nominate its focal point to participate in the P&H TWG and to lead the process of identifying Ministry-level aid effectiveness priorities that will inform the aid effectiveness JMI. He suggested that all members fully participate and P&H TWG can be established as the forum for exchanging view and learn from one another as we implement our priorities.
4. Regarding annual work plan and ToR of P&H TWG, he stated that the objective of the work plan is somehow ambitious, so we need to jointly work and try hard together in order to achieve it. In addition, the paragraph # 3 and #8 of ToR must be up-dated to reflect current national and global context including the approaches to aid effectiveness work set out in the 2008 AER and Accra Agenda for Action. Also, paragraph # 11, concerning responsibilities and functions, needs to be looked at and revised.
5. Thus, it was agreed that comments on annual work plan and ToR 2009 from DPs should be done through lead facilitators, Dylan from UNDP or Marjorlaine from DFID; and from RGC should be done through H. E. Chhieng Yanara, Secretary General of CRDB/CDC, or Mr. Chann Thhon, Director of P&H Department. The deadline for comments will be Friday 6 February 2009 so that the final draft will be sent out to all TWGs for final comments and endorsement.
JMI on Aid Effectiveness
6. H. E. Chair raised that each TWG had to identify limited number of priorities on aid effectiveness activities base on H-A-R Action Plan and AAA to make sure that development cooperation has maximum impact on our CMDG. During January and February RGC members of TWG s have worked with CDC counterparts to clarify and provide further detail to their identified priorities, which were set since the previous meeting held in Siem Reap (30-31 December). The table of priorities was drafted; however, there are some more important steps to go through before the final draft can be submitted for endorsement at the next GDCC on 28 April 2009. TWGs need to engage discussion with DPs to finalize the proposed priorities based on three key questions:
7. After a very comprehensive discussion, it was noted that now we are in early stage, so the process of identifying and finalizing the most important priorities on aid effectiveness need to be done through detail discussion between all relevant TWGs and DPs and sent to CDC the end of March for endorsement at GDCC.
Linking Central Planning and Budgeting Processes
8. The Ministry of Planning, Ministry of Economy and Finance and the Council for Development of Cambodia will work closely and collaboratively to integrate linkage, budgeting and ODA Database. Representative from Ministry of Planning mentioned that RGC has articulated the linkage between budgeting, PIP and ODA Database into National Plan Chapter 5 and NSDP MTR Chapter 1, 2 and 4. Moreover, the policy direction concluded that the process of integration needs to be done clearly in stages; and institutional mechanism need to be established. He further stated that MoP has set the ToRs for three agencies involved: CDC/CRDB for Aid Coordination, MEF for Budgeting and MoP for Strategic Planning. MoP will finalize the process by itself. This is to show the ownership and leadership of RGC.
Division of Labor
9. H. E. Yanara indicated that during the exercise to identify aid effectiveness priorities, RGC Ministries and agencies have been briefed on issue related to aid fragmentation and possible approaches to resolving this problem. CDC has also begun a mapping exercise to identify sectors and Ministries that may be adversely affected by excessive fragmentation and to identify possible solutions (including use of PBAs, delegated cooperation, pooled funding and more efficient program management as alternative approaches to undertaking a division of labor exercise). RGC will work more closely with Germany, which has been appointed to lead DPs in this process.
10. After a brief presentation to share information on Division of Labor by Germany, H. E. Chair concluded two main pointed:
Up-dates on Other 2009 Activities
11. There were five issues P&H TWG shared to the meeting:
Any Other Business
12. The meeting also further shared some more information on the following issues:
13. In his closing remarks, H.E Chair thanked the P&H TWG members and the participants who contributed fruitful inputs to the meeting. He further summarized the discussion into three points as:
14. The meeting was adjourned around 5:00pm in a very cooperative and productive environment.
Report by Ly Sokleap