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The second induction on the Public Financial Management diagnostic exam

The Public Financial Management Capacity Building Centre (PFMCBC) of the Ministry of Finance held another two-day Induction session on the 28-29 May 2015. This round was on the Preparation and Exam Rules for the upcoming Public Financial Management Diagnostic exam, which will be held on 24 and 25 June 2015 at Dili Convention Centre (CDD).

This Second Induction took place at Delta Nova, Dili, Timor-Leste and was participated by 1061 PFM Professionals consisted of Director Generals, Director Nationals, Chief of Departments/Sections as well as civil servants from 29 organs of state (including their agencies).

Mr. Alberto Piedade, coordinator of the PFMCBC, in his presentation highlighted the summary of all the information from Induction One and on rules and regulations for the diagnostic exam. There are five (5) sections to be tested in the Diagnostic Exam: (1) Planning, (2) Budgeting, (3) Procurement and Contract Management, (4) Asset and Fleet  Management and (5) Payments; whilst, the specialized PFM competencies in the areas of Tax Revenue, Customs, Audit and Statistics will be scheduled towards the end of 2015.

He also clarified that several Standard Operational Procedures have been developed and a strict policy drafted to ensure a secure professional process for this Baseline Testing to run according to National Standards. The PFM Baseline Testing is a National Level exam; strict rules are put in place to guarantee the Credibility and Accountability of Ministry of Finance as the body whose mandate to run such exam in GoTL. Mr. Piedade also mentioned the importance of having a Transparent and Just exam procedure and welcomes any constructive suggestions, recommendations and further complaints if require. He further added that there are two committees will be soon established namely: the Appeal Committee and the Integrity Committee to respond to any appeals and any exam related matters in near future.

Towards the end of the two-day session, Mr. Alberto then presented the PFM Competency Standards in Tetum Language as proposed by the participants previously. All the copies in three (3) languages have been sent out to all the PFM Professionals via email for their information.